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RiverLight festival returns to Sleaford

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RiverLight is set to return to Sleaford on Saturday 21 October and offering a week full of culture and creativity in the run-up with fringe events beginning on Saturday 14 October.

There will be lots to see and do! Click HERE to view a digital version of the programme. You can now begin to plan which events you wish to see and when.

There's still time to get involved. If you own a business in Sleaford and are planning to run a promotion or extend your opening hours during the festival, let us know by emailing

The RiverLight team are also looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. This a chance to contribute to an event that will shine a spotlight on Sleaford's vibrant essence. To sign up as a volunteer, please email and include 'RiverLight Volunteer' in the subject line.

The RiverLight Festival has received £77,000 from the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This money has been distributed by North Kesteven District Council, under the Events Programme.

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Sleaford is a Magic Tenner town!

Sleaford is taking part in this years Magic Tenner event, a new Totally Locally national campaign for independent high streets and businesses taking place from 7 October until 21 October.

The theory behind the campaign is that spending £10 in a local independent can mean up to £50 going back into the local economy, through the businesses using local suppliers and their staff shopping locally themselves with their wages.

Businesses wanting to take part can email for access to the free materials. Our team will be going around Sleaford with posters and a selfie frame, to promote the town's offers.

The second week of the campaign coincides with the RiverLight festival, meaning a £10 offer could help to draw the crowds towards you throughout the fringe events and on the festival finale (see our RiverLight story above). Make sure to follow @BusinessNK on X, formerly Twitter, for regular updates.

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Net Zero support and funding

Want to kickstart the sustainability journey for your business, but unsure where to begin? The first thing you need is a plan.

Zellar is an online sustainability tool. It guides you through the process of calculating and understanding your carbon emissions and then building an achievable plan to reduce them. North Kesteven District Council is subsidising places on the programme so that 300 local small and medium-sized businesses can access this scheme free of charge.

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Our Net Zero page offers a range of different avenues of support focused on helping businesses reach net zero, as well as many funding opportunities. For example, funding for electric vehicles, making buildings greener, and support for low-carbon electricity generation. Visit our Net Zero page to view the support available.

The Rural Business Grant supports capital investments which support green growth in renewables, green power and energy efficiency measures. This grant is being delivered by North Kesteven District Council for DEFRA under the Rural England Prosperity Fund. This allocation is an addendum to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Select the hyperlink above to see more.

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Free support for North Kesteven businesses

The Council offers the service of a Business Support Adviser, Phil Means. Phil can provide a whole range of bespoke advice and support.

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice, please do go ahead and contact him.

You can either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email

Is your business on social media?

If so, follow us on Twitter or join our Business NK Facebook Group.

We share information, support and advice on each platform.

Your Business Boost

Your Business Boost is a cohort-based programme, designed to help those in retail, hospitality and leisure achieve their business ambitions.

The programme starts with a group session bringing all participants together. From there, participants can access masterclasses on subjects such as Marketing, HR, Sales and also receive more bespoke support through 1-2-few sessions and 1-2-1 support with a subject expert.

The first cohort starts on Wednesday 18 October, with fiver further cohorts scheduled through to March 2025. The programme takes 8 weeks to complete, with each week offering 3 hours of learning opportunities for participants to access.

Visit Business Lincolnshire for more information and to register your interest.

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Business views wanted on climate change

Can you spare a few minutes of your time to complete this survey?

We want to hear your views on climate change, whether your a SME, sole trader or a larger business in North Kesteven.

Your responses will help to shape the support we offer in this field, and to tailor our programmes to your needs.

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Webinars for the week ahead

03/10/23 10:00-11:00

Turbocharging your equity fundraise - The term sheet explained

05/10/23 12:00-13:00

Global Trade Masterclass – Pharma and Healthcare