Business

Floral gold for bulb firm

A South Holland company is celebrating being awarded a coveted Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award – for the 31st time. The team at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach, has been awarded a Gold for the 29th consecutive time at the world-famous event.They selected more than 100 varieties to grow for the show and planted 22,500 bulbs last autumn. Just 555 made ...

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Fears over future of popular shop

There are fears that a popular Spalding horticultural store has closed its doors for good. Butters Factory Shop, on Kellett Gate, is not answering the phone and has stopped updating social media accounts.The company is part of the Flamingo Group International, based in Hertfordshire, which took over Butters in September 2017 and also has another site in Spalding.But shoppers have ...

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New store at Springfields

Springfields has a new store opening tomorrow. Birmingham brand LUKE 1977 is the latest to open an outlet store at the shopping centre. A spokesman said: “Rooted in the essence of Birmingham, LUKE 1977 channels the city’s rugged charm into every garment, offering a fresh take on modern fashion. Founded by Luke Roper, Simon Poole and Deborah Poole, “LUKE 1977 ...

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Crowland engineer’s top award

A young Crowland engineer at a bus operator has been hailed as one of Britain’s best at a glitzy awards ceremony in London.Stagecoach East’s Ryan Crick won the Best Newcomer Award at the Stagecoach Excellence Awards.The award was presented by Tony Cockcroft, asset management director of Stagecoach, at a gala dinner held at the London Transport Museum in London.Ryan is ...

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Successful first weekend for store

The newest shop opening in Spalding town centre saw records tumble at Furniture Warehouse. The former Beales department store has been transformed into a new store.“It was a really amazing weekend for us and the feedback has been so positive. Saturday, the official day of opening, broke a company-wide record for the most amount of orders placed in a single ...

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MP’s plea for businesses to take part in consultation

MP Sir John Hayes has urged agricultural businesses to take part in a review of the supply chain that ends this week (Thursday, February 22). The Government is currently holding a public review into the UK’s fresh produce sector supply chain.Sir John also recently convened a meeting of local farmers and growers, the Spalding Branch of the NFU and the ...

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Farmland value keeps increasing

Average farmland values in the East Midlands have continued to increase year on year across all land types while supply in the region has surged, according to property agents, Savills. Quarterly analysis, which looks at publicly marketed farmland across the East Midlands shows that 14,276 acres of farmland were marketed during 2023 (to the end of September), compared with 6,240 ...

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Family look for more time for themselves as shop closes

A nursery set up by accident 35 years ago has closed its shop front.Glenside will continue to operate its wholesale business which includes supplying Spalding town centre and Ayscoughfee Gardens with plants.But the couple who set it up, Susan (67) and Adrian Chappell (71), are semi-retiring and closing the shop means they can spend more time doing the things they ...

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Award for care home boss

A man who set up his first care home in Holbeach 40 years ago has been recognised with a long-service award. Beech Lodge Care Home was the first of Abdul Kachra’s homes with a group going on to become the Country Court, which owns nearly 50 homes now.He set it up with wife Naila and sister Roshan with sons Alykhan ...

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Businesses urged to get Grants4Growth

More funding has been allocated for the Grants4Growth scheme. South Holland District Council distributes the government grants to help businesses.And another £1.85m has been allocated to the South and East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership, of which the authority is a member alongside Boston and East Lindsey.The grants available are for between £1,000 and £24,999 (or 30 per cent of the total ...

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Teenager Charlie builds his future

A Spalding teenager has taken on an apprenticeship to work on the building of the town’s Western Relief Road. Charlie Butler (17) works with construction company Taylor Woodrow and is taking part in building the northern section of the new road.“I have really enjoyed my placement so far and am really enjoying working on the relief road. The experience has ...

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Business plan for the town centre

The business community in Spalding is being asked to raise £250,000 to help deliver a series of improvements designed to help keep the town centre thriving. A list of ideas ranging from a music festival to new branding and cleaning-up the town centre has been put together for consultation.The draft Spalding Town Centre Business Plan has been submitted by The ...

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Jigsaw falls in to place at Springfields

Clothing brand Jigsaw has fallen into place at Springfields. It’s opening its new store featuring womenswear and accessories at the entrance of the shopping outlet next Thursday (July 13). A spokesman for Springfields said: “This new store will be a major attraction as there are no other Jigsaw stores in the region.” “Founded in London in 1970, Jigsaw is an ...

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Family’s 40 years at care home

The owners of a Holbeach care home are celebrating 40 years since they took it over. Residents of Beech Lodge were joined by members of the Kachra family, who opened its first Country Court care home there in 1983.After uprooting from Birmingham to take over the home, they now own 36 around the country.Abdul Kachra, chairman of Country Court said: ...

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Take a peak in glasshouse

A Spalding nursery is joining others across the country in opening its doors to the public for one day.Bridge Farm Horticulture will be offering guided tours on Open Farm Sunday on June 11 to allow members of the public to see how they grow plants in their 60-acre state of the art glasshouse in Spalding, Lincolnshire.The tours will include demonstrations ...

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Chelsea Gold again for Taylors

There was cause for celebration for a Spalding company at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show this week.Taylors Bulbs has achieved a fantastic 30 Gold Medals, 28 in consecutive years.“It was brilliant to be awarded another Gold this year,” said Charlotte Daubney, show manager.The team was allowed in the show’s Grand Pavilion an hour before the public on Tuesday – and ...

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There’s a place to celebrate music milestone

It’s 60-years since The Beatles released their debut album and a South Holland record shop is looking to raise money for charity with a special display to mark the occasion. Uptown Vinyl, which is based at Baytree Garden Centre, has managed to get hold of 60 copies of Please, Please Me which came out on March 22, 1963. It includes ...

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Cafe serves up an award

Two award-winning cafe owners celebrated a national award by one of them marrying a customer she met there. Rebecca Chandler and Susan Dunn, of Lodge Farm, Holbeach, are celebrating after being named Small Truck Stop of the Year by Truckstop magazine. Over 30 eateries across the country gained public votes to be considered for the award before a mystery diner ...

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Quartet’s blooming long work recognised

Four employees of a Spalding company have been given long service awards by the Royal Horticultural Society. The quartet who work for Taylors Bulbs all have over 40 years’ experience in the industry. * Di Beales started working full time for Taylors in February 1983. She has always been renowned as the quickest flower cropper at Taylors – nobody can ...

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Original Factory Shop to open in former Beales store next month

The Original Factory Shop is set to open a new Spalding store in the former Beales premises. The company says its 185th shop will create 11 jobs in the local community.  The firm currently has a branch in Holbeach. A spokesman for The Old Factory Shop said: “The new look discount department store will be situated at 7 Market Place ...

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