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The Rural Business Grant

The Rural Business Grant (RBG) supports rural businesses to invest in sustainable growth across the District.

The minimum grant available through the RBG is £5,000, and to demonstrate value for money applicants will be required to offer match funding.

There will be two application windows, with the current one for 23/24 still open and accepting applications. The second window will be opened in time for the 24/25 financial year.

The fund will support capital investments only.

The deadline for projects to be completed has been updated. The March 2024 deadline for completion of projects applying in the current window has been removed. All projects, irrespective of which application window they are submitted will have until March 2025 to complete the actual works.

Apply for the Rural Business Grant.

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.

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RiverLight Festival 2023

RiverLight acts 2023

There will be a week of fringe events kicking off on Saturday 14 October with a range of activities around the town. The festival finale will then take place on Saturday 21 October with lots of exciting workshops, art installations and plenty of activities for all to enjoy.

There will be lots to see and do, so why not take a look at the digital version of the programme? You can also pick up a physical copy in various shops, restaurants and cafes in Sleaford.

The following businesses are offering discounts either throughout the fringe event and finale or just the finale, so do make sure to pay them a visit:

  • Glitz and Glamour Boutique - 10% off selected items in store
  • Glow Suntan Centre - 12 minutes on a sunbed for £10
  • Paper Kisses - 20% off multiple items
  • Beautifully Handmade Gift Shop - any 2 Lullabels hair accessories for £10 and will be open later, until 4pm on the festival finale
  • Queens Head Coffee Shop - breakfast or lunch for two for £10 (not open at weekends)
  • Appetites - any two filled rolls (excluding double deckers) and any two hot drinks to eat in, for £10.
  • Fone House - 50% off phone accessories for the festival finale only (please quote that you have come from RiverLight)
  • Ruth Burrows Art Shop & Studio - Sleaford mug, two coasters and a postcard for £10
  • The Hutch - a selection of travel harnesses for £10, reduced from £19.99
  • Cogglesford Watermill - 1.5kg wholemeal & 1.5kg white flour, a history book, plum bread and a postcard for £10
  • Alexandras Boutique - bobble hats for £10, reduced from £12-15.
  • Market Square Café and Restaurant - a mini afternoon tea for £10, which includes a sandwich and a slice of cake, from selected sandwiches and cakes only, a fruit scone and a regular filter coffee or pot of tea.

You can still get involved! The RiverLight team are 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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Help shape North Kesteven's Tourism Strategy

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

A new survey launched by North Kesteven District Council is inviting people to share their priorities and wish lists for the District’s visitor economy to help form the North Kesteven Tourism Strategy 2024 - 2029.

Residents, businesses, organisations, and visitor attractions are being urged to have their say. The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 31 October.

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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

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

We share information, support and advice on each platform.

FSB Business Bootcamp: Marketing Mastery

On Wednesday 8 November, over 200 small business leaders will be gathered in Louth for the first ever FSB Business Bootcamp in Lincolnshire.

Book your free place or for a small cost, why not exhibit and show off your business to all who attend. Visit FSB for more information.

Magic Tenner town

Sleaford is taking part in the Magic Tenner event, meaning that from Saturday 7 October up until Saturday 21 October, Magic Tenner offers will be available at many businesses throughout Sleaford. Some of them are listed (left).

Spending your £10 locally can strengthen our high streets and make our District a great place to be.

Read more about the Magic Tenner campaign and discover how you can take part.

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Extension for the Lincolnshire Enterprise Awards

The nomination deadline for the 2023 Lincolnshire Enterprise Awards has been extended until midnight on Sunday, October 15.

There are a total of twelve categories to choose from to gain recognition in Greater Lincolnshire and beyond.

View the categories and nominate your business!

Webinars for the week ahead

15/10/23-29/10/23 10:30-16:30

Fast track to funding for women in business

19/10/23 12:00 - 13:00

Understanding EU e-commerce and VAT

30/10/23-31/10/23 09:30-15:30

Business Lincolnshire Starting in Business Programme