Business

Queen’s Award for expanding family firm

A rapidly expanding Spalding family firm has been given the royal blessing. Welland Power has been presented with The Queen’s Award in the International Trade category. It’s been earned because between 2014 and 2018, the UK generator manufacturer increased exports and turnover by around 600 per cent. After employees attended a reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, the award was ...

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County’s ‘Sister’ agreement with China

A delegation of high-ranking Chinese officials is due in the county later this month. The party will be signing a document for Lincolnshire and the Hunan Province to become “sister regions”. Mr Kemin Wang, deputy director of Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People’s Congress will lead the group. He is the highest ranking official from Hunan to visit the county ...

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A new queen is crowned in Spalding

Three former Tulip Queens have crowned Spalding’s newest pub and hotel. The Marston’s-owned pub The Tulip Queen officially opened its doors on Monday, September 24 and three of its former namesakes were asked to cut the ribbon on the over £4m project. The 82-year-old Janet Bray, Tulip Queen in 1958 was joined by Inca Honnor (2013) and Amy Cook-Nykyforczuk (2014) ...

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Tulip Queens to cut ribbon on new Spalding pub

The finishing touches are being put to Spalding’s newest lodge and restaurant. Around 60 new jobs have been created at the £4m Tulip Queen on the Lincs Gateway site alongside the A16. Two former Tulip Queens will officially cut the ribbon at the Marston’s venue which opens to the public on September 24. Janet Bray was the winner of the ...

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New jobs on offer at huge glasshouse site

Up to 60 new jobs are likely to be created as glass houses covering 75 acres are being constructed on the edge of Spalding. The huge buildings will be big enough to house more than 45 football pitches and will be a major landmark for South Holland. The development will see horticultural company Bridge Farm Group producing the area’s famous ...

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New home store for Springfields

British fashion and lifestyle brand White Stuff is set to join the line-up at Springfields Outlet this September. Established as a clothes shop in 1985 in the French Alps, the brand’s name pays homage to its alpine roots.Today, the popular high street brand has diversified and offers a wide range of men’s, women’s and children’s wear, alongside accessories, homeware and ...

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Second Spalding B&M store set to create 60 jobs

A second B&M store in Spalding is opening next month and will create 60 new jobs for the area. The new store is taking over the former Homebase site on Westlode Street which closed last month. It will be a home store and garden centre and is due to open for trading on Saturday, September 22. “We are feeling really ...

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New Spalding pub The Tulip Queen set for autumn date

The doors are nearly ready to open at Spalding’s newest pub. The Tulip Queen is on course to open next month and has created 60 jobs for South Holland. “We believe that The Tulip Queen will be an excellent opportunity for people to learn new skills and gain experience. The Tulip Queen will offer a great community feel,” said manager ...

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Spalding firm’s mountainous effort for charity

Staff at Spalding based recruitment agency Encore Personnel have gone above and beyond, raising a whopping £9,000 for its three charities, by climbing the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. A 17-strong team spent seven hours taking on the 1,345m climb last Saturday (August 11). Employees of all ages took part, including Melissa Packwood (19) and the oldest Chris ...

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A double top for Spalding butcher

An award-winning butcher and darts fanatic is celebrating 40 years of working with a family firm in the town. Ian Tilley (60) joined Bennett’s Butchers in 1978 when aged 20. He’s been with the nearly 120-year-old Winsover Road business ever since and has helped it land yet more awards, particularly for his sizzling sausages. “When I first came here I ...

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Fears for South Holland potato crop in drought

It’s not just South Holland residents who have been feeling the heat in recent weeks. While sales of fans have shot up and everyone is heading for the shade, spare a thought for the humble potato. A staple of our agricultural economy as well as our dinner tables, the crop is suffering in the heat and the next few days ...

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Heady times for Holbeach high street

This month has marked the acceleration of change in Holbeach. In the past few weeks, the town has seen a new restaurant open, Polka Polish Restaurant in the old String of Horses, Chosen charity open a second shop, Fabric Fae move to larger premises, a gym is being built in the former Limmings site, and a community bookshop is about ...

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Free business course for start-ups in South Holland

If you’re hoping to get a business off the ground, South Holland District Council wants to help you along those first steps. Anyone looking to start their own business in South Holland, from bookkeepers and beauticians to cupcake bakers and care agencies, can get all the skills and help they need with establishing their new enterprise with an intensive three-day ...

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Doodles doubles with its second craft centre opening at Baytree

After five years of bringing out the inner artists of South Hollanders young and old, pottery painting and craft studio Doodles is opening a second shop at Baytree in Weston. Doodles at Unique Cottage Studios in Low Fulney was started by Anna Scott and Lucy Evenden and has for half a decade offered unusual and bespoke gifts, drop-in pottery painting ...

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Military precision renovation operation at new Holbeach gym

A former Royal Marine has set himself a new mission: help Holbeach get healthy. At the start of August, Sam Fowler (30) from Whaplode will leave the Royal Marines and walk into his brand new gym. Royals Gym is to take over the Fleet Road site currently held by home and garden centre, Limmings. Limmings will close this Friday, June ...

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Vegetarian and vegan gap spotted in (Spalding) market

An article in The Voice inspired a businesswoman to start a vegetarian and vegan food stall in Spalding. Audrey Gregory has worked in catering her whole career but The 3 Witches Catering company’s mobile stall is her first venture on wheels. The stall, which is on Spalding market on Tuesdays, came about when Audrey read an article about a Spalding ...

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Shoe Zone steps into Spalding

Shoe Zone is set to fill an empty space left in Spalding’s Holland Market creating nine new jobs. The former Brantano’s store next to Winfrey Avenue has been left vacant since the company was closed in June 2017 after it was put into administration. At the time it was announced that 13 people had lost their jobs as a result ...

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New fire and foods initiative to help save lives

A new initiative between Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Wiltshire Farm Foods has the potential to save lives. The fire service is working with the home delivery food company, which visits hundreds of homes around the county. Wiltshire Farm Food’s drivers have already received special training to help them spot the tell-tale signs of people who may need fire safety ...

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Hats off to hats-on solicitors in Spalding

A Pinchbeck personal injury team dug out their wackiest hats for an awareness day. Last Friday, Brain Injury Association charity Headway encouraged the nation to don their silliest hats to raise awareness and funds for victims of brain injury. This year they had a regal theme in honour of last week’s royal wedding and participants had the opportunity to win ...

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A silver anniversary of Chelsea Flower Show gold for Holbeach growers

To win one gold award at the Chelsea Flower Show is good; to win 25 in a row is just blooming marvellous. That’s what Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach have achieved thanks to Johnny Walkers whose display of daffodils once again wowed the judges at the prestigious venue. The fourth generation family business prides itself on the quality of its flowers ...

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