Business

All eyes on firm’s new refit

It’s all looking new and fresh at a Spalding opticians. Molsom and Associates’s Spalding town centre base has had a refit. Working with the team from My Castle Property Maintenance the transformation included a full repaint and reflooring of the customer areas and a change of the layout. Andy Molsom, optometrist and business owner, said: “Since we moved here in ...

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A job lot of top career ideas

The South Holland Jobs Fair is returning to the Springfields Events Centre on Friday, May 13. Employers, training providers and those looking for an opportunity will be in the Marquee Room from 10am to 2pm. It’s being run by South Holland District Council in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. ...

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Apprentices lead the way

Four apprentices at a Donington company are championing the route into work as part of a new campaign. The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is using their stories to highlight the benefits of becoming an apprentice. Harry Twelves, Alfie Twell, Jan Grzejszczak and Chris Attwood all work as apprentices at George Barnsdale and gained their roles via the apprentice route. All ...

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First meeting for new Rotary group

A new group of the Rotary Network has been started and it met for the first time recently. Holbeach and The Suttons (pictured above) combines business networking and community service and it received the congratulations of district governor David Morris. The founding members voted on options for meeting frequency and structure and selected to meet online once a month with ...

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Last chance to for independent businesses to sign up for free social media training

Today (Thursday March 31) is the last chance for South Holland businesses to sign up for free social media skills boost. The free boost to their social media presence is worth £1,000, through a South Holland District Council initiative funded via the Welcome Back funding. The programme will also offer funded access to expert digital skills training and social media tools ...

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Developer helps Ukraine

A South Holland development company has made £1,000 donation to a charity helping the people of Ukraine. Ashwood Homes handed over a range of items last week, including a fridge, chairs, pens, work gloves and hi-viz clothing. The donation was given to the Boxes of Hope charity which has set up collection points including the Anglia Motel in Fleet Hargate. ...

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Carpenter Ben up for award

A Spalding apprentice is in the semi-finals for a national award. Ben Norton (17), who is studying for level 2 in site carpentry, is in the final 30 for the Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2022 competition. He said: “Being one step closer to the final is exciting and I will put my all into demonstrating my skills, commitment, and passion for ...

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Office Shop is taken over

Phil and Lesley Pell, owners of The Office Shop in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, have retired after 20 years.The business has been acquired by AbbeyPrint Ltd and will continue from its premises in Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck.Phil said: “I started working at the Office Shop with the previous owner Colin Hayes, before taking over 20 years ago.“My wife Lesley then joined me ...

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Companies have combined forces

GlenFarrow has added a new string to its bow thanks to combining with hydraulic hose business MB Supplies. MB Supplies has been trading in Pinchbeck for around 25 years.The company was founded by Mick Bird, who passed the baton to James Johanesen (pictured) 11 years ago.James was looking to retire but also wanted a way of carrying on the business ...

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Raven swoops in to Rookery

Rookery Farm in Holbeach St Johns, a specialist picking and packing firm for the horticulture industry, has been acquired by Sarah Raven Ltd as part of the business’ growth plan and in response to increased demand.Previously an arable farm, and in the Robinson family for over 100 years, Rookery Farm is renowned for its growing, packing and despatching services to ...

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National award joy for South Holland builder

South Holland-based D Brown Building Contractors are celebrating after scooping a national award. The firm won Best Large Social Housing Development at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals 2021.A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints, ...

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Council leader’s claim on FEZ

The leader of Lincolnshire County Council says that 12 plots have already been allocated to businesses looking to set up at The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprize Zone in Holbeach.Coun Martin Hill told the a meeting of the authority’s full council last week that it was an example of the investment it was placing in the whole of the county as ...

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Register new food business

A new campaign from the Food Standards Agency to new businesses to register is being backed by the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership.The pandemic saw a huge increase in the number of food businesses based in people’s homes.Since March 2020, 37 per cent of new food ventures registering through the FSA’s digital service are run from domestic kitchens at ...

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Roll up for new Rotary group

A new Rotary group and business network is in the process of being set up for Long Sutton, Holbeach and the surrounding area. The Holbeach and The Suttons Rotary Network is the idea of Mervyn Lawrie. He wants to combine the community work the Rotary has been renowned for across the globe over the last 117 years and a business ...

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A PHAB gesture from Masons

Freemasons are donating £1,000 to a group that promotes and encourages opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to share experiences on an equal basis. The Welland Lodge has donated £500 to the South Holland branch of PHAB. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is set to match that amount for its own donation. Jonathan Cooper, worshipful master of Welland Lodge, presented the ...

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Time to move forward for Gibbs

As traditions go, it was a particularly enduring one at one of Spalding’s oldest shops. For many long-time customers at Gibbs, handwritten invoices – produced in triplicate – were as established as the fitting service itself. But now they will no longer be issued. The business is moving to an electronic sales and stock system, which will mark a change ...

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Record-breaking festive business

Springfields Outlet and Leisure saw a record-breaking Christmas with rising sales and visitor numbers. The Spalding centre’s Firework and Light Show started a bumper period for the venue with more than 36,000 people visiting the popular Winter Wonderland Walk. There has also been double-digit growth in sales since the centre re-opened after the first lockdown in April last year. “Springfields ...

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Awards for care staff

Staff at Spalding care homes have been recognised for their work during 2021. Country Court held awards at each of its three homes in the town. At Ashwood Care and Nursing Home care assistant Matthew Evans won the Care Hero Award, care assistant Jill Green won the Our Values Award and Team Member of the Year was RGN Nurse Anne ...

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Bottle plant gets the go-ahead

A new recycling plant is ready to go after an anxious wait over planning permission. Midwest Polychem’s site at the former Laurel Lodge Farm in Holbeach Hurn is now undergoing its final test before the multi-million pound facility begins, initially by recycling 2,800 tonnes of plastic bottles a month. It’s an off-shoot of the Hull based Midwest Commodities and has ...

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Bakkavor announces pay-rise for staff

The ‘majority’ of staff at Bakkavor are set for a pay-rise, the company has announced. It says 14,000 factory-based colleagues will receive the boost before the New Year, including 850 colleagues at Bakkavor Pizza in Holbeach. Bakkavor says the discretionary pay increase is over and above the business’s normal annual pay award and has been planned for many months. A ...

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