Business

Cyber crime help

Lincolnshire businesses are being asked to fill in a short survey to help tackle cybercrime. Lincolnshire Police is committed to reducing crime and providing individuals and businesses with the knowledge and advice they need to protect themselves. The survey consists of 15 tick box questions to help the police gauge the understanding of cybercrime amongst the business community, so that ...

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Growth in Lincolnshire tourism brings in over £1.2billion

The latest figures show that the value of Lincolnshire’s tourism economy continues to rise rapidly. Last year, tourism brought almost £1.2billion into Lincolnshire, meaning the sector has grown by 23 per cent since 2009. More than 18million people visited the county in 2013, around a six per cent increase on the previous year. This, in turn, led to a five ...

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Broadgate Homes hand over three new council houses in Lutton

Three brand new two-bedroom houses have been handed over to South Holland District Council. Broadgate Homes built the homes in Lutton to modern specifications and much improved energy efficiency standards compared to older council housing. The site at Puddingpoke Lane was previously brownfield land with an unused garage and surplus garden land attached to another council house. A council spokesman said: ...

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Family butcher’s name to disappear after more than a century in Spalding

A family butcher’s name which has been linked with Spalding for more than a century is about to disappear. T Law and Sons has been sold to Simpson Butchers, which wants to carry out a £150,000 refit of the Hall Place shop. The aim is to attract more lunchtime customers by adding a range of takeaway baguettes and sandwiches to ...

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Spalding site to become Enterprise Rent-a-car depot

National vehicle rental chain is opening a depot in Spalding. Enterprise Rent-a-car has taken on a site at the River Welland end of West Elloe Avenue and hopes to open on July 21. South Holland District Council ward member Gary Taylor said: “I welcome Enterprise’s decision to expand their business to Spalding. “This is also an opportunity to redevelop an ...

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Spalding School of Dance draws up plans for move to bigger premises in Low Fulney

The popular Spalding School of Dance wants to move to new, purpose-built premises at Low Fulney. Hundreds of youngsters aged two and over attend classes in styles including ballet, tap and hip-hop. The business is going so well that it has now outgrown its base in Horseshoe Road and has drawn up plans to relocate. The new facility on agricultural ...

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Flood of tributes after Spalding hairdresser’s sudden death at 48

The family of a well-known hairdresser from Spalding say they are “overwhelmed” by the support they have received following his sudden death. Clayton Gilks (pictured) died at his home on May 27, aged 48. He was currently working with Stuart Taylor at Stuart’s Barber’s in New Road, and had previously owned a hairdresser’s shop – House of Aquarius – in Broad ...

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Money Talks

As I am sure you have seen, the 2014 Budget proposed changes that could mean the biggest shake-up to UK pensions ever, potentially as soon as 2015. After letting the dust settle, I thought it a fitting time to summarise the changes. The proposals are targeted towards giving pension savers more freedom, choice and flexibility than ever before over how ...

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Building up a great team at Crowsons

The team at Crowsons of Spalding are going from strength to strength. Long-serving workshop technician Julian Lunn has recently qualified under the prestigious Volkswagen Training Scheme as a Master Technician. He joins fellow qualified colleague Aubrey Foreman with the accreditation, which he earned after taking part in in-depth training programmes provided by Volkswagen Group UK. Crowsons, based in Wardentree Lane, ...

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Help at hand to buy a home

More than 40 people in South Holland have found the key to getting a leg up the property ladder using the Help to Buy scheme. The Government scheme has now been running for 13 months and across the country has helped thousands of people to buy their first home. The initial “equity loan” scheme sees the Government lending up to ...

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Man (31) admits attempted ramraid at Spalding shop

A 31-year-old man has admitted several counts of burglary – including last month’s attempted ramraid at a Spalding clothes shop. James Steven Evans, of Wisbech, was charged on Friday and has appeared before magistrates in Lincoln. Evans admitted burglaries in Spalding at Chiltern Drive on May 13 and at Holland Road on May 5. A police statement said: “He was ...

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Pinchbeck bodyshop wins top Direct Line award

  A Pinchbeck-based firm has won a top award at the 2014 British Bodyshop Awards. AS Whitaker and Sons was named Large Bodyshop Site of the Year and was awarded the Direct Line Group Award. Celebrity Rob Brydon hosted this year’s awards, which saw bodyshops and individuals from across the UK being rewarded for their contribution to the industry. At ...

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Unique bulb deal will create new products across world

The UK’s leading distributor of horticultural products has signed a unique bulb partnership deal with a Dutch company to develop research and new products across the world. The Butters Group has signed the joint venture agreement with Dutch bulb producer Kébol BV. The deal will create a business that combines the production and innovation of Butters with the supply chain ...

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Dun Cow site: Developer appeals decision to refuse homes

The decision to refuse homes to be built on Ye Olde Dun Cow site in Cowbit has been appealed. Market Homes believes there are grounds for South Holland District Council’s decision to be quashed and the Planning Inspectorate will hold a hearing on July 8. Meanwhile, Cowbit group The Campaign to Save Ye Olde Dun Cow has vowed to maintain ...

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Five jobs could be created with factory relocation from Bicker to Gosberton

A vacant factory site in Gosberton is poised to come back into use and create five jobs by the end of the year. A packaging, manufacturing and distribution firm currently based in Bicker wants to relocate to the former Gosberton Food Park in Quadring Road. Plasto Sac UK Ltd currently employs nine full-time and three part-time staff. Five additional people ...

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New Sutton Bridge power plant likely to be unopposed by South Holland councillors

A proposed new gas-fired power station at Sutton Bridge is set to pass through South Holland District Council unopposed. Planning councillors are being advised to raise no objection to the plan for a second combined cycle gas turbine when the scheme is discussed on Wednesday, June 4. The plant would create up to 1800MW of electrical generation capacity to be ...

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Warning of severe disruption on Spalding roads as Network Rail improvements begin

Motorists and businesses are being warned to expect significant disruption when a massive rail improvement project in and around Spalding gets under way. The works will involve the closure of level crossings and roads for two-week periods but Network Rail has vowed to do its best to limit the impact. The £280million Great Northern Great Eastern project aims to enable more ...

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Ambitious plans to double food sector contribution

The Greater Lincolnshire has set out ambitious plans for the county in its new Greater Lincolnshire Agri-food Sector Plan for 2014-2020. The plan highlights the greater Lincolnshire area’s role as a market leader in the agri-food sector, with 10 per cent of English agriculture, five per cent of UK food processing jobs and 70 per cent of the UK fish ...

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Optimism at a high

Businesses are taking on more people and optimism is at its highest level since 1998, according to the business lobby group, the CBI. Its survey of 151 businesses said consumer and professional services were increasingly happy about the economic situation. However, businesses were finding it hard to find staff with the right skills, the CBI said. Skills gaps could constrain ...

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New leases of life for historic Spalding buildings

Market Place in Spalding has received a welcome double tonic. Part of the former White Hart Hotel and the neighbouring ex-Wimpy burger bar are to be given new leases of life thanks to successful planning applications. At the former hotel – a Grade II* listed building – internal alterations will create two units on the ground floor and a large ...

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