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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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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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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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Family’s second town shop

A family fish and chip shop business has is celebrating opening its second outlet in Spalding. Oh My Cod #No2 opened in Wygate Park last week to go alongside Bill and Sandy Rai’s store on Alexandra Road they’ve been serving from for the last eight years. The pair have been in the food business for over 17 years and say ...

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FEZ set for new global project

South Holland’s food technology industry is set to benefit from a new international trade initiative. The announcement will see the area work with the Department for International Trade to attract overseas investment into agrifood automation and robotics. Holbeach’s Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) will be part of the project involving 177 cities around the world. It will be part of the ...

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Developer to begin work

A contractor is set to start work on a development of more than 50 affordable homes in Crowland.Longhurst Group, which owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands, is delivering the 55-home development in Crease Drove after planning permission was granted earlier this year.The homes, which will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties, will be ...

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Co-op one of the top employers

Lincolnshire Co-op has been named as one of the country’s top employers. The community retailer has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People platinum (IIP) accreditation, the highest level held by under 200 employers nationally – just two per cent of IIP-accredited organisations.A rigorous assessment took place in spring this year, including a survey with more than 2,100 staff and ...

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Easy ripening for avocados

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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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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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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Spalding pub ditches Halloween for Jesus

A Spalding group has negotiated a three-night “alternative to Halloween” at a town pub. The three-strong Spalding leg of The Light Collective will take over decorations at The Ivy Wall pub between October 28-31 for “light project evenings”, according to group member Joseph Edwards. Mr Edwards said the evenings will carry a Christian message but still have pumpkins and sweets ...

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New business is child’s play

A new play-centre for young children which will have an emphasis on role-play is set to open in Holbeach’s historic former pub The Bell. Petite Street is the brainchild of Sophie Sandford whose husband Jamie has bought the building and nearby The Chequers. The mother-of-one is turning the downstairs of The Bell into the centre for early years children. “There ...

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