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Celebrating Small Business Saturday in North Kesteven

Small Business Saturday highlights the importance of shopping locally and celebrates the small businesses in our communities. 

For the consumer, it's simple. Spend the day shopping, eating and supporting the small businesses in your community. Like, comment and share posts on social media, or why not recommend a business to a friend or family or leave a business a positive review?

If you own a business, Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to offer a discount or promotion and draw the crowds to you to boost sales at the start of the busy festive period. Let us know what you're plans are for Small Business Saturday and we will do what we can to promote it. Bunting is also available for shopfronts on a first come first served basis, by emailing

There's still time to get involved in the Shop Small Market, taking place on Saturday 2 December from 9am to 12pm, on the Village Green in Heckington. Let us know if you're interested in having a free pitch at the market.

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'. This project will be funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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North Kesteven's '30 under 30'

Last week, The Lincolnite announced this years 30 under 30, an annual event presented to mark Lincolnshire’s brightest young individuals.

This year out of the 30 highlighted for their achievements, 5 are based in North Kesteven, a true testament to the young talent in our district. See below for a short summary of those recognised for their excellence, or view the full list of 30 under 30.

Callum Donnelly, 28, Design Lead, Fizzco

Callum’s innovative approach extends to mastering 3D Matterport technology and 3D modelling. His digital designs offer a more immersive product and understanding, reducing environmental impact.

Charlotte Massingham, 26, Teacher and Arts Lead, Church Lane Primary School 

Charlotte embodies a devotion to education that transcends the classroom. She creates a stimulating learning environment that nurtures not just knowledge but also curiosity and critical thinking. 

Emma Brearley, 27, Brand Manager, Tillotts Pharma UK Limited 

Upon her promotion to Associate Brand Manager of a £2.7 million brand, Emma swiftly launched a new product, capturing a 6% market share within two months. Emma is now preparing for an international secondment in Switzerland as a Global Brand Lead.

Jonathan Hadleigh, 27, Marketing Assistant, Integrity Software Systems

Jonathan has taken on significant responsibilities within the company's Green Team and Works Council. These roles underscore his dedication to sustainability, as he helps maintain the company's Carbon Neutral+ status.

Shannon Riglin, 28, Managing Director, Tiffin & Co Bakehouse Ltd

Shannon has piloted the company to impressive heights despite the economic challenges of the past two years. A significant leap was the £50,000 investment in a new production unit in Sleaford, enahncing production capabilities, meeting the demand of a growing client base.

Fizzco, a North Kesteven business, now uses Zellar 'without fail'

Zellar is an online sustainability tool that helps you cut your carbon footprint and energy bills. 

The online sustainability tool has now become a regular audit for Fizzco. Read Fizzco's full case study to discover their top actions taken and how they use their Zellar score 'without fail', alongside their health and safety documents, accounts, and risk assessments, when sending out for a tender.

You might be wondering how your business could benefit by using Zellar? When you sign up to Zellar, you'll receive a sustainability plan, which includes actions to help you cut back on your energy bills and save you money! You'll also receive a Zellar score, a nice way to demonstrate that your business is doing the right thing.

Businesses in North Kesteven, claim your free access to the online sustainability tool.

This Council-led programme is part-funded by SSE's Sustainable Business Communities project with Zellar.

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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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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.

RiverLight Festival 2023 - share your feedback

All groups, partners, businesses and organisations, please leave your feedback to share your highlights and inform the RiverLight team of how future events could be improved.

If you visited this years festival, please leave your feedback also.

The RiverLight festival 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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Lincolnshire Business Crime Forum

On 23rd November 2023, the PCC, Marc Jones, is hosting a free Business Crime Round Table Discussion.

The forum is aimed at businesses across  Lincolnshire and will be a chance for discussion on the issues impacting them.

Find out more information and register your place.

QES Q4 now open

Share your views in the UK's biggest business survey, the Quarterly Economic Survey.

Share the key challenges your business is facing and you will be at the heart of the policy debate.

The Digital Entry Point from the Department for Business and Trade

To wrap up International Trade Week, we urge you to explore what support has to offer, including their free to join UK Export Academy.

East Midlands Expo

Register for FREE to attend the East Midlands Expo, primarily aimed at the Construction, Property, Finance, Investment and B2B markets.

Webinars for the week ahead

10/11/23 12:30-13:30

What next? Finance as a journey

15/11/23 10:00-11:00

Tech Hub: Discover the AI tools to grow your business

16/11/23 12:00-13:00

Preparing for the new Border Target Operating Model (BTOM)

23/11/23 12:00-13:00

Using Customs Special Procedures and CPCs