Business

Dave is best in the region

A local man has landed a prestigious building award. Dave Rogers, who works for Ashwood Homes, has been named the Local Authority Building Control Site Manager of the Year for the East Midlands. A spokesman for Ashwood Homes said: “It’s an amazing achievement. “Dave is a hard working and dedicated site manager committed to providing quality homes for our clients.”

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Work on old hospital site begins

Work has begun to turn the former Welland Hospital site into a development of affordable homes. Longhurst is building 36 homes to be accessible from Roman Bank and Holbeach Road, half of whch will be available for shared ownership and half for rent. The group’s director of land and new business, Charlotte Smith, said: “We’re delighted to have started work ...

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Big boost for new Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone

The Holbeach Food Enterprize Zone (FEZ) is to be given a share of a £28.5m cash pot. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been given the money as part of the government’s Getting Building Fund. The FEZ is one of six projects the partnership is looking to spend the money on in the county. Set to create 973 jobs, ...

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Springfields delighted at customer numbers

Those who run Springfields say they’ve had a brilliant few weeks post lockdown and trading is even up compared to this time last year. Spalding Leisure Retail say last week’s trading was better than at the same time last year. A spokesman said: “When comparing last week’s trading (week 30) with the same period in 2019, sales were up 2 ...

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Second phase of grants open to more businesses

More businesses will be eligible for government grants to help them through the COVID-19 crisis from Monday. South Holland District Council will launch the second phase of its Discretionary Grant Scheme, widening the criteria to allow even more businesses in the district to access vital funding to support them through the impact of coronavirus. Since lockdown began in March the ...

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Work is underway on stunning venue

A lake, boat house and bar boat are some of the attractions at a new West Pinchbeck wedding venue. Natalie and Lewis Slack, who run Ace Tones Entertainments, are busy renovating Crown Hall Farm. The farm has a lake and boat house in which they hope to hold wedding ceremonies, plus a bar boat and luxury marquee. Lewis started Ace ...

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Battling Alice gets back to business

Fortitude and positivity appear to come naturally to brain tumour sufferer Alice Prior. Since the age of three, her ambition had always been to work with children. So when the chance to take up a university offer to study paediatric nursing was suddenly dashed by the diagnosis of the tumour in 2014, the Spalding 25-year-old was determined not to be ...

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‘First ever’ PPE shop at centre

What its owner believes is the first Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) public shop in the country has popped up at Springfields. Tony Foote, of Ubitrac PPE Outlet, has set up the shop selling items such as facemasks and gowns. Ubitrac itself is usually a Boston-based tech company with a special emergency app for NHS staff among its regular projects. But ...

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants in South Holland re-open

Both Spalding and Long Sutton’s McDonald’s are open for Drive-Thru customers. The eateries have been closed since March but had re-opened on a reduced menu. In a release McDonald’s said: “Today McDonald’s will reopen restaurants for Drive-Thru and McDelivery with new measures in place to help keep employees and customers safe. This follows a successful pilot in May. “With restaurant ...

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Call for ‘Student Land Army’ to help bring harvest in

Students are being encouraged to help pick food in the county as farms are struggling to recruit workers. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership says it’s looking to create a Student Land Army to bring in this year’s harvest. It says 80,000 seasonal workers are needed from the end of May. The partnership is particularly targeting sixth-formers and students and ...

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New visors for factory staff

Staff at a number of factories in South Lincolnshire will be wearing new disposable visors amid the COVID-19 crisis. Last week Bakkavor – which has factories in Spalding, Sutton Bridge and Bourne – took delivery of 350,000 face visors for its UK workforce. With priority placed on supply equipment to NHS staff, Bakkavor has developed its own disposable visor for ...

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Success for Oh My Cod

Oh My Cod in Spalding has been named as one of the UK’s Ten Best Mobile Fish & Chip Operators for 2019/20. The accolade follows an extensive search by leading trade publication Fry Magazine to find those mobile sellers serving up the finest fish suppers. To make the Ten Best, Oh My Cod had to impress a mystery diner who ...

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Bakkavor announces cuts due to reduction in orders

Bakkavor has announced cuts including furloughing some staff “wherever possible” due to a “reduction in orders across all categories”. The firm, which has a base in West Marsh Road, Spalding, says the current uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation is the reason for the measures being introduced. In a statement released this morning, the company said: “We are reviewing capacity across ...

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Where there’s a will there’s a way – even at this difficult time

A Spalding law firm is adapting to ensure it can meet the increased need for its services. Maples LLP, which is based in New Road, has seen a demand in people looking to make a will. That normally involves signings and face-to-face meetings, but the company has moved to ensure it’s continuing to comply with current government guidance. As such ...

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‘Protecting customers staff and their families’

A family-run plumbing and heating firm is taking extra measures to ensure both its customers and staff can be reassured at this difficult time. Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating has brought in new sanitizing protocol for all staff members and has also bought in specialist thermometers that will tell staff the moment their body is slightly warmer than it should ...

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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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Shops sign up for waste app

An app designed to reduce food waste by letting shops alert users to cut-price food destined to be binned has been adopted by shops in South Holland. The Too Good To Go app lets shops sign up and offer reduced food to users. More than 20m people use the service nationally and locally, Spar shops have signed up and were ...

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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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