Business News

FEZ set for new global project

South Holland’s food technology industry is set to benefit from a new international trade initiative. The announcement will see the area work with the Department for International Trade to attract overseas investment into agrifood automation and robotics. Holbeach’s Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) will be part of the project involving 177 cities around the world. It will be part of the ...

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Developer to begin work

A contractor is set to start work on a development of more than 50 affordable homes in Crowland.Longhurst Group, which owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands, is delivering the 55-home development in Crease Drove after planning permission was granted earlier this year.The homes, which will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties, will be ...

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Co-op one of the top employers

Lincolnshire Co-op has been named as one of the country’s top employers. The community retailer has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People platinum (IIP) accreditation, the highest level held by under 200 employers nationally – just two per cent of IIP-accredited organisations.A rigorous assessment took place in spring this year, including a survey with more than 2,100 staff and ...

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Easy ripening for avocados

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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Spalding taxi firm will pick up your food and meds during coronavirus

A Spalding taxi firm is offering to pick up food and medicine for those that are self-isolating due to coronavirus. Smart Cabs and the company’s fleet of drivers are looking to help as many as possible by offering the pick up service in the town. As well as their usual taxi service, the company will be able to pick up ...

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Could your business save hundreds of pounds?

South Holland District Council is encouraging local businesses to check whether they are entitled to Small Business Rate Relief, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds a year. Business rates, which are set by the national government rather than local councils, are charged on most non-domestic properties, like shops, offices, pubs and factories. Hundreds of businesses in South Holland are eligible ...

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Firm celebrates its employees

Spalding-based recruitment firm Encore Personnel has celebrated a record year of growth and expansion at its prestigious annual staff awards. Recognising that its employees were key to its success, Encore’s staff awards, now in its 18th year, acknowledges the hard work of its employees and all branches. The ceremony celebrated individual and team successes and thanked attendees for their dedication ...

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New Lidl set to open in Spalding

The new Lidl on Holbeach Road in Spalding is set to open tomorrow (Thursday). A ribbon cutting ceremony is due to take place at 8am and there will be a host of offers on offer throughout the weekend, the supermarket says. The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK and has created ...

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Spalding pub ditches Halloween for Jesus

A Spalding group has negotiated a three-night “alternative to Halloween” at a town pub. The three-strong Spalding leg of The Light Collective will take over decorations at The Ivy Wall pub between October 28-31 for “light project evenings”, according to group member Joseph Edwards. Mr Edwards said the evenings will carry a Christian message but still have pumpkins and sweets ...

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New business is child’s play

A new play-centre for young children which will have an emphasis on role-play is set to open in Holbeach’s historic former pub The Bell. Petite Street is the brainchild of Sophie Sandford whose husband Jamie has bought the building and nearby The Chequers. The mother-of-one is turning the downstairs of The Bell into the centre for early years children. “There ...

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Awards for dedicated staff

Two women who have worked for the same department store for a combined 84 years since they were teenagers have been given long service awards. Karen Baker and Sue Berridge have worked for Hills in Spalding for 44 and 40 years respectively. Karen joined the family firm straight from school and as well as working in every department at some ...

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Golden show for Taylors

Taylors Bulbs have won their 26th consecutive Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their stunning display of British grown daffodils from its Holbeach farm. The display is made up of over 70 varieties of daffodils and 2000 flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes. The stand is truly a magnificent sight, regularly stopping visitors in their tracks ...

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Crowland garden centre closing doors?

A Crowland garden centre is to close at the end of next month after a buyer could not be found for the business. The Wyevale centre has struggled with footfall since the A16 bypass was opened, and is one of a number of centres being off-loaded by its parent company. Up to 19 members of staff face the possibility of ...

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Royal honour for family business

The couple currently behind a 55-year-old family business say having the war memorial they built for Spalding unveiled by royalty is their highlight so far. The Holbeach Memorial Company were commissioned to create the World War Two memorial that was earlier this month visited by the Duke of Kent. It was a proud moment for Sarah Cook and Gary Huggins ...

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Couple make VR hub a reality

Lincolnshire’s first virtual reality centre opened on Saturday (March 9) in Long Sutton. VR Zone, at Hodding Way, is set up as a place for people to experience cutting-edge fun. Owners Tele and Purdy Barros got the idea for the centre when they visited the Insomnia gaming show in Birmingham with their Fortnite-obsessed sons. While there, the couple experienced using ...

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Virtual reality gaming centre opens in Long Sutton this weekend

Lincolnshire’s first virtual reality centre will open on Saturday (March 9) in Long Sutton. VR Zone, at Hodding Way, is set up as a place for people to experience cutting-edge fun. Owners Tele and Purdy Barros got the idea for the centre when they visited the Insomnia gaming show in Birmingham with their Fortnite-obsessed sons. While there, the couple experienced ...

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Amber-Jane is nailing life

A 21-year-old has been ranked among the best in the country at her profession just a year after opening her Spalding business. Amber-Jane Parish owns The Painted Lady which on Sunday was named as the runner-up in the Nail Salon of the Year at the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2019. She and her only employee, 17-year-old sister Eden-Ann Parish, ...

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Bakkavor’s Holbeach St Marks Freshcook site faces closure

A consultation to propose the closure of Bakkavor’s Freshcook site at Holbeach St Marks is underway. A spokesman said the site employs a total of 680 people work at the site, 520 of which are “weekly paid employees”. These will be offered roles at other sites, while the remaining 160 employees face a more uncertain future. A Bakkavor spokesman said: ...

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Spalding’s Encore raises £18,000 for charity

Spalding-based recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has raised an impressive £18,000 for three children’s charities. Every year, staff from the New Road business nominate charities to support which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. This year’s beneficiaries were The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People). An ...

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Good rating for Spalding care home

Staff, residents and families at Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding were delighted to continue to be rated ‘Good’ in all areas in their latest Care Quality Commission report. The report praised the homes open and inclusive culture and noted that residents continued to receive care from staff who were kind, patient and considerate. The report highlighted that people were comfortable ...

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