Business

Throwing down the Gauntlet to find the best possible deal on insurance

A new insurance brokerage based in Spalding is opening up many new insurance avenues for business customers looking for better deals and more comprehensive insurance packages. Gauntlet Spalding Insurance Brokers has an office in the Lovells Business Centre, St Johns Road, Spalding and is an exciting new venture headed by Mick Cunningham and owned by the Directors of Lovells Auto Body ...

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Businesses in contention for awards glory

Businesses shortlisted for honours have been announced for the fourth annual South Holland Business Awards – sponsored by PSP IT – which takes place on Thursday night. A whole range of businesses applied this year, giving judges the tough task of narrowing down the finalists.   After careful consideration, the following businesses were selected as finalists and will be attending ...

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More money available from Greater Lincolnshire LEP fund which supported Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone

A new pot of money has been made available to accelerate new investment opportunities and increase economic activity across Greater Lincolnshire. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has announced the launch of a new Feasibility Fund worth £160,000. Businesses and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors can apply for grant funding of up to £50,000 towards detailed feasibility ...

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Free conference for business community on changes to UK tax regime

A free conference in Spalding aims to bring clarity on the UK’s changing tax regime to the business community. There will be clear and concise presentations geared to helping business owners and professionals manage their tax effectively. Some of the East of England’s most prominent business leaders and professionals have been invited to take part in the event hosted by ...

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First-ever UK produce industry fair taking shape

Two South Holland people well known for their respective experience in the produce industry and retail are launching a supply chain fair. The UK Produce Industry Fair will cover everyone from growers to grocers. By bringing all areas of this industry together in one place, the fair aims to demonstrate how and where businesses can be more efficient through new ideas, ...

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“Inevitable” closure of HSBC Holbeach branch

The Holbeach branch of HSBC is to close permanently in three months’ time. Following a reduction in footfall of around a third, the High Street branch will shut on January 6. Holbeach county councillor and South Holland District Councillor Nick Worth regretted the decision but said the closure was “inevitable” due to an obvious decline in branch users. A statement ...

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Brisk early business for new FatFace store at Springfields

Customers were eager to see inside the latest big-name store to open at Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens in Spalding. There was a flurry of people as clothing retailer FatFace opened on Monday morning – and brisk business was sustained. Project manager Sophie Gellatly, who has helped recruit the 12 full and part-time staff, was “delighted” with early sales ...

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Emma’s taking the lead with launch of canine legal advice

A Spalding-based solicitor is spearheading the launch of a new canine law department. Emma McGrath is heading up the department of Ringrose Law who are the first legal firm in the county to be providing canine law legal advice. There are now around 24 Acts of Parliament relating solely to dogs and a further 11 relating to animals in general. ...

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Last call for entries into South Holland Business Awards 2016

Entries for this year’s South Holland Business Awards must be submitted by Monday.(Oct 3) Entering an award is free and one business can enter a maximum of three categories. Only businesses based within South Holland are required to enter. The award categories are: Apprentice of the Year Business Person of the Year Supporting the Community Customer Care Business Innovation of ...

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Vet group chooses Pinchbeck for its third clinic

South Lincolnshire Veterinary Group is looking to open its third clinic. Planning permission is being sought from South Holland District Council for a change of use of the former Realtime Business Services premises in Church Street, Pinchbeck, which the vet group has bought. Group manager Emma Walker said five new members of staff would be required and the hope was ...

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Major autumn refurbishment of Spalding bookshop’s cafe

The first major investment by the new owners of Bookmark in Spalding is imminent. A “substantial” amount is being spent on a refurbishment of the bookshop’s café this autumn. The plans include removing an internal wall and uncovering an outside window to make the area larger and lighter, a refitted kitchen and counter area, new flooring and a refresh of ...

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Tax expert Claire’s return to chartered accountant just adds up

An experienced tax specialist has returned to the chartered accountancy firm where she began her career – Moore Thompson. Claire Bailey-Scott has rejoined as a tax manager, having originally undergone her training with the practice more than two decades ago. Her appointment to the Spalding office has been welcomed by the firm’s team. Managing partner Mark Hildred said: “Everyone at ...

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‘Increasing consumer demand’ led Aldi to seek Spalding store extension

Aldi has put its expansion plan for the Spalding store on show. As The Voice reported last April, the German discounter supermarket wants to extend its Winsover Road store and provide more parking spaces. Three units neighbouring the store would be demolished to make way for the extension. The expansion plan has been driven by great trading figures and increasing demand by ...

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Restaurant and flats plan for former Holbeach hotel

A rundown building in a prominent town-centre position is the subject of a conversion plan. A proposal has been put forward to turn The Bell Hotel in Holbeach’s High Street into a licensed restaurant and six apartments (three each on the first and second floors). The property, which is not listed but is in the Holbeach Conservation Area, has been bought ...

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Free workshop for independent South Holland retailers could help takings

Independent shopkeepers in South Holland are invited to a special workshop aimed at helping to increase their profits. Organised by the district council in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, the free event is open to owners and staff members of independents. Subjects include ways of attracting and retaining customers by utilising shop fronts, window displays and merchandising. A ...

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Woodlands puts customers at the heart of everything

One of Spalding’s finest hotels is proud of its ethos of putting the customer at the heart of everything it does. As well as being a beautiful venue for a small civil wedding, Woodlands Hotel in Pinchbeck Road can also cater for a whole host of other events and get-togethers, including wakes, conferences, charity functions, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and ...

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40 new recruits wanted for Bakkavor’s Spalding factory

Forty full-time roles are being recruited to at Bakkavor’s soups and sauces factory in Spalding. The fresh prepared foods manufacturer wants operatives for cooking, filling and spice room and has roles within dispatch and hygiene. The roles involve both day and night shifts. Werner Bezuidenhout, head of HR at Bakkavor Meals, said: “This is an exciting period for our business. “The diverse ...

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Company’s closure plan puts restaurant future under threat

The future of Spalding’s Frankie and Benny’s is under threat after company owners announced plans to close or sell many of their restaurants. The Restaurant Group (TRG) announced in a statement that 33 of their sites across the country would be effected after a ‘challenging trading period.’ And, although the exact locations of the sites have yet to be revealed, ...

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Crowland Caravans offers great advice

If a staycation is on your radar this summer, a visit to Crowland Caravans and Camping will fill you full of inspiration. This family-run business can offer advice on all aspects of camping and caravanning thanks to staff with a total of more than 40 years’ experience within the camping and caravan industry. You’re bound to find what you’re looking ...

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Fish business lands the seal of approval

A new Sutton Bridge fish processing business is up and running following a seal of approval from South Holland District Council’s food safety team. One Fish Company, based in Millennium Way, Wingland, was granted full approval as a Food Business Establishment, following visits from the council’s food safety officers over the past few months. They ensured that the firm’s equipment ...

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