Business

Travel agent speaks out on state of the industry

A local travel agent has used National Travel Agent’s Day today (Friday July 23) to make public her feelings on the government’s treatment of the travel industry throughout this pandemic. Christina Fitzpatrick, managing director of Holiday With Us in Spalding, said: “According to the government’s office of national statistics, travel is the worst hit industry with regards to Covid, and ...

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Business elementary for Watson

A six-year-old has been running his first business through lockdown by growing and selling his own fresh food. William Watson decided to start growing vegetables as a lockdown project and he has been selling them outside his nan Anne’s Boston Road home. “He’s caused quite a stir,” Anne Watson said. “He’s been growing all sorts of plants and veg. “It’s ...

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Shop idea to help Holbeach businesses

A councillor is looking to boost businesses in her town with monthly Flash Shop Days. Coun Tracey Carter came up with the idea of promoting a shop every month and then urging people to visit the business on a certain day. The first Flash Shop Day in June brought in 107 visitors to Funky Dora’s and Coun Carter said the ...

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More than 300 new jobs on way

Bakkavor is recruiting for more than 300 new jobs in South Holland, it announced this week. Around the UK, the company is looking to fill 1,500 roles across its 23 sites. Lincolnshire as a whole has 680 jobs and South Holland has 143 in Holbeach, 104 in Sutton Bridge and 89 in Spalding. The company shut a Spalding factory last ...

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Work continues on affordable homes

Work is progressing on two sites a company is building affordable homes on in South Holland. The Longhurst Group is building 36 homes on the former Welland Hospital in Spalding and 55 homes on Crease Drove in Crowland.Welland Park, as the Spalding site is being called, is to be made up of two and three-bedroom homes, with many of the ...

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Holiday homes in new eco-village

A new eco-village has been unveiled on the outskirts of Holbeach with homes ready for a carbon-zero future. The development by Allison Homes utilises air source heat pumps, solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.The holiday lodges have been built at Serenity Lakes, Lowgate, Fleet, by Allison Homes.“We are very excited to be creating one of the first eco-villages in ...

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Vine House branches out

The new Vine House Farm Shop and cafe has opened its doors to the public. After around seven years of planning the newly-built facility in Deeping St Nicholas next door to the old shop opened its doors to the public on Thursday, June 10.The new store allows Vine House to offer a wider selection of local produce on sale, including ...

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Help for our town centre

Summer visitors to Spalding town centre will benefit from free parking and a range of measures in a bid to encourage them to spend time and money in the town. From next Monday there will be spells of free parking at three of the council-owned car parks.The initiative is the first in a number to be unveiled over the coming ...

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New shop and cafe opens its doors in Deeping St Nicholas

The new Vine House Farm Shop and cafe has opened its doors to the public. After around seven years of planning the newly built facility in Deeping St Nichols next door to the old shop has opened its doors to the public this morning (Thursday). The new store allows Vine House to offer a wider selection of local produce on ...

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Sweet dreams come true for couple

The first few months of a Long Sutton couple’s new business venture became extra sweet after they were announced as the winners of a prestigious award. It’s been an incredible 18 months for Leah Huggins and Nathaniel Woodward, the pair behind Woodwards Confectionary. The business opened in Long Sutton in January 2020 as Leah’s project ahead of their planned marriage ...

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New bird hide set to open at Springfields

Nature lovers could flock to Springfields from next month as their brand new attraction launches. A new bird hide is to be created at the shopping outlet and is due to open on June 6. Not only will you be able to see the wildlife in the stunning Festival Gardens curated by the Springfields Horticultural Society but it’s planned to ...

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South Holland companies announce collaboration

Two South Holland companies have announced they’ve signed up to ‘a closer collaboration’. Greenyard Fresh UK and logistics and fresh produce packing specialists, Produce Logistics, have signed anagreement which includes the latter operating directly from the former’s distribution centre in Pinchbeck It utilises Greenyard ripening and packing products on their behalf. A Greenyard spokesman said: “The collaboration is not new ...

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Accolade for undertakers

A Spalding undertakers is among those across the county to have been recognised for its services to the community in the past year. Spalding Funeral Home won the gold award for Funeral Branch of the Year at Lincolnshire Co-Op’s awards, this year held virtually. Funeral services manager Debbie Staff said: “I’m so proud to be part of a team that ...

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Spalding shop refused alcohol licence

A Spalding shop has been refused permission to sell alcohol after owners were unable to prove they have moved on from historic failings. On Thursday (April 22) South Holland District Council’s Panel of the Committee of the Licensing Authority rejected Global Foods’ application for a Premises Licence to sell alcohol. Global Foods, based on Winsover Road, had applied for the ...

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Plans put 90 new jobs on the horizon

A South Holland company is creating around 90 new jobs in the fresh food industry that is a mainstay of the local economy. Two planning applications have been submitted, one for FreshLinc and the other for Lincolnshire Field Products, which would result in 30 jobs on one site and 60 on another – both near Spalding.Operations Director at FreshLinc, Lee ...

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Councils purchase land for new part of FEZ

Lincolnshire County and South Holland District Councils have announced the acquisition of a 28-acre site to increase the size of the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone in Holbeach.The land is for the second phase of the site, the first of which is under construction.A spokesman for the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The additional 28-acre site, part of phase ...

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Bakkavor’s positive report for the future

Fresh food company Bakkavor has seen its financial position strengthen over the last year with Brexit having a ‘minimal’ impact.In a trading update released this week, the company said it saw sales grow by 56.2 per cent in mainland China in the first 13 weeks of the year.“We continue to see reduced demand in Hong Kong due to ongoing lockdown ...

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New idea has plenty of bytes

A host of local companies are among those signed up to a new project that will aim to boost the fresh produce supply chain industry. The £2.8m Trusted Bytes project created by the University of Lincoln will use novel digital technology that connects the supply chain with central government and other critical partners to help facilitate the flow of goods ...

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Water taxi boats to be hired out

Spalding’s Water Taxis are to return to the water this summer, but only to hire out. The popular attraction hasn’t been able to operate as a regular taxi service between the town and Springfields and wasn’t able to run at all last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.But the easing of some of those restrictions mean that from May, the boats ...

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Firm’s gift to water charity

An online West Pinchbeck based company has raised funds for a clean water charity. Family run GiftsOnline4U has raised £1,500 through donations made with every purchase, enough to buy approximately three rainwater harvesting systems. The firm is dedicated to raising more money for WaterHarvest in the future, with a goal of £3,000 by the end of the year, which would ...

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