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Celebrating small businesses in style

A Shop Small Market is being planned to celebrate Small Business Saturday. It will be held in Heckington on Saturday 2 December, from 9am to 12pm on the Village Green, and pitches will be free of charge.

It's the perfect opportunity for a business starting up, without a physical storefront, or a business wanting to branch out to new customers.

Businesses will need to provide evidence of their Public Liability Insurance and any food or drink licenses if applicable. Stalls will be provided but you can also bring your own gazebo or trailer, please let us know your requirements when applying.

Places will be limited, so please let us know if you are interested at the earliest convenience by emailing and include the following:

  • Name and type of business
  • Business address
  • A copy of your Public Liability Insurance
  • Catering/licensing certificates (if applicable)

The Shop Small Market will be in support of Small Business Saturday, a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities. This project will be funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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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. For more information please click here.

Applications are currently open, the fund will support capital investments only. If you’d like to discuss an idea before submission please do not hesitate to contact the team by emailing

All projects must be completed by March 2025. Please use the link below to apply for the grant.

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 2023

The grand finale of this year’s RiverLight Festival took place in Sleaford on Saturday, and many people managed to enjoy it together as planned despite some heavy rainfall beforehand from Storm Babet.

Sleaford was filled with exciting art installations, performances, live music, heritage and more. Some of the live theatre traversing through the town included giant trees and a 13-foot-high sea-themed puppet, lost explorers on camels asking for directions, and more.

The day drew to a close with a Song for Sleaford followed by light installations, and there were great opportunities to eat and shop throughout, including deals from local businesses. It was a great demonstration of creativity and community spirit!

It also contained an entire eco-village at Church Lane Primary School including a fantastic pedal-powered cinema and accompanying songs from its climate-minded pupils, a clothing swish encouraging re-loving of preloved clothes, a creative workshop, and stalls promoting how we can live more sustainably and look after our natural world including lots from the Council on how we can Act On Climate to help North Kesteven get to carbon net zero by 2030.

Follow @riverlightfestival on Facebook and Instagram for a recap of this year's festival and to stay tuned for 2024!

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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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 X (formerly Twitter) or join our Business NK Facebook Group.

We share information, support and advice on each platform.

Has RiverLight inspired you to run an event?

If so, there is event funding available for first time events held in North Kesteven.

Find out more about the event funding and apply today.

All funds must be spent by March 2024. This fund will open again in April 2024. The application process is straight forward, and we encourage all who are interested to apply. 

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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Last chance to share your priorities and wish lists for NKs visitor economy

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 visitors are being urged to have their say. The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 31 October.

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