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Enter your business for an award

Entering your business for an award is the perfect way to highlight your excellence and increase your visibility. There are several awards currently open, listed below:

Barclay’s Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the entrepreneurs who are committed to driving innovation and support communities and the wider economy. Nominations close on 28 June.

The Taste of Excellence Awards celebrate Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses There are 14 categories to choose from and entries close on 31 August.

The King’s Enterprise Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Applications are open until 12 September.

Local businesses taking part in the RiverLight business trail!

There’s lots planned throughout the inaugural RiverLight Festival, including the RiverLight Business Trail!

Beginning on Saturday 15 June, through to the festival finale on Saturday 22 June, an amazing 25 local businesses across Sleaford are involved, with sheets available to collect at each business. Collect all five stamps and you can enter into a prize draw, with items up for grabs that have been donated by local businesses. Once complete, enter your sheet into the post box found at the Hub. The prize draw will take place on Wednesday 26 June and winners will be then be contacted within 28 days.

The trail is a shining example of how integral Sleaford’s local businesses are to the community, contributing to the festival’s vibrant atmosphere and supporting the town all-year-round.

Thank you to all the businesses that make RiverLight Festival so special. Show them your support and appreciation this week by taking part in the trail and shopping locally

Book onto these Low Carbon Lincolnshire Workshops

Working on behalf of Business Lincolnshire, a series of fully funded, bespoke workshops and supporting materials are being delivered by the sustainable business support team from PECT.

The workshops consist of bitesize webinars and virtual sessions, covering topics such as Net Zero, Decarbonisation, Energy Management and Supply Chains, all aiming to support businesses on their journey towards net zero.

If you’re a SME based in North Kesteven, you’ll be eligible for this series of workshops. To view and book onto upcoming workshops, visit the collection of events on Eventbrite.

Honouring veterans with Armed Forces Day discounts

Armed Forces Day is an annual event, held to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces, this year taking place on Saturday 29 June.

Many businesses offer special discounts and deals as a token of appreciation to veterans and holders of Armed Forces card. We encourage you to promote your offers ahead of Armed Forces Day, to ensure they reach veterans and show them the appreciation they deserve.

Visit Heart of Lincs to view events taking place around Armed Forces Day, including flag raising and a veterans lunch.

Applications are open for the Small Biz 100

One-hundred small businesses are once again being celebrated in the lead up to Small Business Saturday, where one business will be highlighted each day.

Being part of the Small Biz 100 offers your business excellent exposure across social media and through local and national press. In recent years, some have even joined the Small Business Saturday team in London at receptions in Downing Street, House of Lords and the Treasury Drum.

Applications for the Small Biz 100 are open until June 30, if successful, you will be contacted in August. Click here to apply.

QES Q2 is now live.

The Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the UK’s largest independent business survey. The QES is used to capture a wide range of issues from businesses. The QES Q2 is now live. Have your say, take the survey.

Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park has been shortlisted for Building or development of the year – Commercial

We’re thrilled to share the news that Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park has been shortlisted for Building or development of the year – Commercial.

Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park, off Pride Parkway, is designed to provide a low-carbon home for growing businesses of various sizes, and includes planet-friendly features such as solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

All the units so far completed achieved energy efficiency ratings of A or higher following a fabric-first approach. The site even takes wildlife into consideration, providing extensive trees and planting to benefit biodiversity.

Phase one of the scheme was completed in late 2023. Already eight of the 15 units in phase one are fully let and occupied by businesses. Three of the remaining units are under offer and undergoing all the final legal preparations before businesses can move in, and the remaining four units are either the subject of ongoing discussions or are continuing to generate enquiries.

Fingers crossed for Wednesday 26 June!

We want to know how you manage your trade waste.

As North Kesteven District Council seeks to ensure that best use is made of all resources and that as much waste is recycled as possible, it is considering ways to support businesses in making sure their waste is managed to best advantage.

One option under consideration is the re-introduction of a paid-for Council-run trade waste collection service. As we explore the potential for this, we’re asking businesses to tell us through a quick survey, about how they currently manage their waste.

At this stage, this is a survey for a potential service which may or may not be brought in at a later date. Until then, please continue managing waste and recycling as best you can in the ways that you currently do in order to contribute positively to climate action for your business and the wider District.

Showcase your excellence at the King’s Enterprise Awards

Are you ready to showcase your excellence? Enter the King’s Enterprise Awards and get the recognition your business deserves!

These prestigious awards celebrate outstanding achievements in innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Winning can boost your brand, open doors to new opportunities, and elevate your business to new heights.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to highlight your hard work and success. Apply now and let your business shine!

Applications are open until 1pm on 12 September 2024. Apply Here.


Our team will be exhibiting at the FSB Business Bootcamp: Nail The Sales

We’re thrilled to announce that our Economic Development Team will be exhibiting at the FSB Boot Camp this October!

Join us to discover the latest business support available across North Kesteven. Network with industry leaders, share insights, and gain valuable knowledge that can take your business to the next level.

Taking place on Tuesday 1 October, this bootcamp will provide you with the latest news, trends, and tools that can empower your entrepreneurial journey!

The event will be taking place at The Olde Barn Hotel, Grantham, and will include breakfast and lunch networking and a range of locally focused exhibitors. Spaces to attend will be limited and we want to see as many North Kesteven businesses there as possible. Reserve your free place today.

By attending you’ll benefit from the best lead generation and sales advice targeted for your business. You’ll leave with ideas and new motivation to tackle what you’ve maybe been avoiding.

Stay tuned for more details. We hope to see you there!