Business

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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Celebration of market’s contribution to Spalding town centre

A special event to celebrate the market’s contribution to Spalding life has been heralded a success. Sunny weather brought shoppers out in good numbers as traders marked Love Your Local Market Day. Some stallholders even went to work in onesies to bring a smile to their customers’ faces. The day will be followed by another celebration this Saturday as part ...

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South Holland growers rewarded at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The high quality of South Lincolnshire growers has again been recognised at the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Holbeach firm Walkers@Taylors Bulbs is a regular winner of gold medals in the Great Pavilion Awards – in fact this is its 21st consecutive top award. Yet keeping up high standards is always a challenge and Johnny Walkers’ daffodils were again judged ...

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Crowsons helping to spread the word

We are spreading the word about your new local newspaper with the help of an established Spalding business. Family-run Volkswagen retailer Crowsons has shown its support for The Voice by sign-writing two of its striking blue up! courtesy cars with our logo. Marketing manager Jordan Crowson said: “As a new local business, we are keen to support The Voice and ...

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Chance to market to leading players

Businesses in Lincolnshire will have the chance to market their services and products to some of the leading players in the manufacturing industry at a special trade show. The Global Manufacturing Festival is a rare opportunity for industrial suppliers to talk directly to decision-makers from major blue-chip companies including Jaguar Land Rover, HS2, Siemens Energy, GE Oil and Gas and ...

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‘Steady but positive’ picture for business

Lincolnshire businesses are investing more into equipment and staff training, the latest economic survey for the county has found. The Lincolnshire Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) notes a “steady but positive” picture for local businesses, with more companies stating they intend to expand their workforce within the next three months, and invest in more equipment and training. The survey provides firms ...

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Holbeach food centre helps develop well trained staff for industry

A food manufacturing centre in Holbeach has been praised for meeting the needs of businesses by provided tailored training to staff. As part of the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing is a key training resource for food manufacturing businesses. Following an inspection of Food Apprenticeships and English Language courses at the centre, education watchdog ...

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Chairman will focus efforts on new start-ups

Small businesses are to be the focus of efforts by Lincolnshire County Council’s new chairman. Coun Bill Aron took over the role on Friday from Coun Ray Wootton and has expressed an eagerness to use his time as chairman to help new businesses get off the ground. Promoting tourism will also be high on his agenda. He said: “I’m delighted ...

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Fortnight of events to celebrate market

The valuable contribution made to the economy by South Holland market traders is being highlighted during Love Your Local Market fortnight. The celebration of local markets is a national initiative and market traders in our district have embraced it as a chance to shout about what they bring to towns including Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland. As well as ...

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Rent Now, Buy Later launched

EweMove has brought to Spalding a unique scheme providing landlords with a guaranteed sale and tenants the chance to get on the property ladder. Rent Now, Buy Later has been extremely successful for national company EweMove.com and now thanks to Sophie Penney (pictured) this opportunity has been brought to Spalding. Branch manager Sophie said: “Our scheme has been designed to ...

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South Holland District Council ‘narrow-minded’ over caravan park extension

A retired couple with a passion for motorhoming have criticised South Holland District Council for turning down a village pub’s plan to extend its premises and the adjoining caravan site. Michael and Laurel Harding, formerly of Kent, now live in Lutton after enjoying several return trips to south Lincolnshire. They say the planning committee’s decision over the Rose and Crown ...

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Gedney Dyke Village Hall gets makeover with a hand from Dulux

A village hall has a brand new look thanks to the hard work of staff and a generous paint donation by Dulux. Gedney Dyke Village Hall applied for the paint donation because staff felt it needed a warmer and more inviting look to bring it into the 21st century. Chairman Richard Ward nominated the project online. He said: “We are ...

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Nicola hopes crowdfunding will help vinyl business grow

A Spalding businesswoman is turning to a new way of raising funds to help her expand her business. Nicola Raven has been running her DDC Vinyl business from her home for a couple of years, but until now has been limited to a single colour for printing on promotional materials such as mugs, coasters and even cars. But she is ...

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Carpets 2 U – first anniversary offers

When Matthew Featherstone was made redundant from a closing flooring company after eight years, he quickly turned it into a positive. Twelve months later and his Pinchbeck firm Carpets 2 U is celebrating a promising first year in business. And to mark its first birthday, there are great offers and discounts on top of the usual competitively priced products. Matthew ...

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Job fair will help you find work

If you’re looking for a job, a job opportunities fair in Spalding is the perfect place to start. The fair, which has been organised by South Holland District Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, takes place at the South Holland Centre, Spalding on Tuesday. Running from 10am to 2pm, the fair will offer the chance to speak with ...

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