Business

Holbeach Library prepped for new chapter in fresh location

Staff and volunteers are busy making final preparations for the reopening of Holbeach Library in a new location on Monday.(Feb 13) The facility, now being run by non-profit organisation Greenwich Leisure Ltd, is part of a £1.2million project by Lincolnshire Co-op to create a community hub at its Fleet Street site. An open plan area also houses a pharmacy and ...

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Emma’s making bouquets good enough to eat

What could be more lovely than a beautiful bouquet for Valentine’s Day? How about one that tastes as good as it looks? District nurse Emma Adams has honed her baking skills to develop just that through her cupcake bouquets and is making a go of turning her hobby into a business. Emma (37), of Apeldoorn Gardens, Spalding, launched The Brit ...

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First 30 attendees at business networking event in Spalding go free

The first of five big Spalding and District Area Chamber networking events in 2017 takes place in February. They will enable members to get together and meet other businesses. The first event, sponsored by Loman Miller Associates, is on Tuesday, February 21, at the Red Lion Quarter in Spalding. It will take place from 5.30pm-7.30pm and is free for the first ...

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Busy Pinchbeck credit management firm setting sights on continued impressive growth

A Pinchbeck-based firm is celebrating two decades of solid growth.   Vehicle credit management specialist Anglia UK was set up by managing director Mark Scotney in 1997 as a small firm specialising in vehicle repossessions for the car finance industry. Since that time it has grown steadily to the point that it now employs 85 people with an annual turnover ...

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For reliable takeaway drivers, Dominic’s new business idea delivers

When takeaway delivery driver Dominic Calitri kept finding himself short of colleagues, he saw it as a business opportunity. He now runs Delivery Driver Services Spalding, working for several takeaways in Spalding and Holbeach. And on Wednesday (Feb 1) he launched a partnership with Chips Ahoy! in Little London, Spalding, to offer the first lunchtime and evening delivery service for fish ...

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Six new jobs with new branch of Branch Bros

A landscape, timber and building supplies merchant plans to open a new Holbeach depot in April or May, creating about six new jobs. Branch Bros, which was established in Deeping St James and also has a larger site in Bourne, has been working on a plan to convert the former Boston Tractors site, in Boston Road South, for around two ...

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South Holland child sex abuse victim launches device for better online protection

A victim of child sex abuse has used his traumatic experiences as the inspiration for launching an online protection product. Stuart Brown was the victim of more than 100 assaults by former Lincolnshire Police officer and scout leader John Bates, who was handed a 20-year sentence last year for historical abuse of boys. On Wednesday (Feb 1) – nine months on ...

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Plan for 48 homes in Spalding town centre is up for approval

A plan to build 48 homes on the EMG Motors site in St John’s Road, Spalding, is recommended for approval. A report to South Holland District Council’s planning committee meeting on February 1 says Kaplan Property Group has agreed to make the entire site a mixture of social rented and shared ownership homes. It said: “There is a clear and ...

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Boom time at the tills as Springfields attracts ‘more affluent’ customers

Shoppers are spending more than ever at Springfields Outlet Shopping, as a drive to attract affluent customers starts to pay off. Latest figures released by owner UBS Triton Property show that centre turnover was up ten per cent and spend per head rose by seven per cent in the final quarter of 2016. Last year is described as a “transitional” ...

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Chef Sergi’s mojo is back with new tapas bar in Spalding

The regular tapas nights at Sergi’s Good Food Store in Spalding are the inspiration for a revamp of the premises. After eight years of the monthly events, owner and renowned chef Karl Sergison is excited at the prospect of launching an authentic tapas bar. He says it has reignited his passion after the disappointment of a proposed sale of the ...

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Post Office: ‘Customers can expect better service at new Holbeach branch’

Post Office says customers can expect an improved service when the Holbeach branch relocates next month. And it has moved to allay fears that there will not be enough room at the new premises within Lincolnshire Co-op’s site in Fleet Street. The current branch in High Street – also operated by Lincolnshire Co-op – will close on Saturday, February 11 ...

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Successful Gosberton firm now totally owned by its three directors

The three directors of Gosberton firm Infotel Solutions have secured a buyout of its major shareholders. Kimberley Graham, Tanya Beresford and Susie Christie say it reinforces their commitment and dedication to take the accommodation, travel and conference specialist forward, with plans focused on quality of services. Founded in 1989, Infotel started out as a hotels information service. It now employs ...

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Shift change could lead to 46 jobs cut at Spalding Bakery

Employees at Spalding Bakery have been warned that 46 jobs could be cut. A spokesman said a consultation process has begun at the Fulney Lane site. They added: “We are proposing to restructure the current shift system in order to streamline our processes and identify essential efficiencies. “Regrettably, there is still the potential that 46 jobs could be lost. We ...

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Accountancy firm ready to give advice at farming event

Moore Thompson is making final preparations for its attendance at next week’s LAMMA show – the UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and services event. The accountancy firm has hosted a stand at the show for the last three years and 2017 promises to be one of the biggest and most important yet. Andrew Heskin, a specialist in the finances of ...

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‘Carbuncle’ Timpson pod for Spalding Sainsbury’s is refused planning consent

Councillors have refused planning permission for an unpopular new ‘pod’ for Timpson at Spalding’s Sainsbury’s, branding it a “carbuncle”. A 16-name petition and a further 23 objections were received on the application to South Holland District council, with retailers fearing it would detrimentally impact on the town centre. Coun Chris Brewis said Springfields outlet development had already left the town ...

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Lincolnshire Co-op food stores enjoy festive boom in sales

Lincolnshire Co-op food stores enjoyed a festive boom, with like-for-like sales up 17.7 per cent. The rise came in the two-week period from December 18 to December 31, with Christmas Eve breaking records for the number of customer visits and sales.  The society says shoppers took advantage of extra dividend and trusted Lincolnshire Co-op to deliver a good range, including an array of ...

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Donington timber firm with 25 employees bought out

Donington firm Select Timber has been acquired by Northern Irish manufacturing company Springfarm Architectural Mouldings Ltd (SAM). Select Timber has been supplying interior mouldings products to the construction industry since 1989. All 25 employees from Select Timber will remain in their roles, bringing the headcount at SAM to more than 200. SAM will now operate with a distribution centre in ...

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Fear for future of West Pinchbeck riding stables with business rates rise

A proposed sharp rates rise is threatening the future of a riding stables business in West Pinchbeck. Four Winds Equestrian Centre proprietor Paula Leverton says the rise equates to an extra £200 per month and passing that amount on to clients is troublesome for the business. She said: “Nobody objects to an increase but it’s got to be in line. ...

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Spalding businesses show ‘clear appetite’ for BID proposal to proceed

Businesses canvassed about a proposal for Spalding to become a Business Improvement District (BID) have demonstrated a “clear appetite”. A survey was commissioned to gauge interest in a defined area paying a levy, based on a premises’ rateable value. A BID – last mooted and rejected in 2009 – would employ a town centre manager and support events. News of ...

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Celebration of cream of South Holland businesses

The tough task which faced judges in South Holland Business Awards 2016 was highlighted in one particular category. The Apprentice of the Year award was split four ways between the shortlisted candidates – Kirsty Buffham (Fairnet Commercial Services), Jacques Ripley (Maples Solicitors), Nicole Sleaford (Infotel Solutions) and Lisa Wright (National Centre for Food Manufacturing). The annual awards event was in ...

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