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01/10/2021

Business NK Newsletter

Happy Lincolnshire Day!

Lincs flag

Today is a day to reflect on local pride and encourage people to ‘think local’, ‘shop local’ and promote everything that makes Lincolnshire great.

To mark the occasion and support businesses in making the most of the opportunities to attract additional custom, North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) has provided businesses with Lincolnshire bunting and paper flags to brighten up any window displays and help to theme interiors. The flags can also be picked up by shoppers from a number of locations and shown or waved to qualify for special offers from participating retailers (below).  

As a comprehensive package the materials, which include street banners, were all made possible through European and Government financial support to encourage increased custom on high streets and at locations, known as the Welcome Back Fund. It’s all aimed at encouraging residents and visitors to shop local.

A number of retailers are offering discounts or incentives for today and some across the weekend, here are some of the discounts:

  • The Hub – 10% off
  • Bellissimo Boutique – 10% off on Friday
  • Wellies – free lollies
  • Pet Shop Girls - Free bag of treats (dog or cat) with every £10 spent in store
  • Appetites – Lincolnshire sausage bap £2.50
  • Beautifully Handmade Gift shop – selection of locally made gifts

Make sure you tag @BusinessNK in any social media posts and use #LincolnshireDay to spread the word.

We would love to here from retailers and other high street businesses around the District who may want materials like this in future.


ARG Start-Up Grant

Have you established your business in the last 5 months or do you know someone looking to establish a new business within North Kesteven? If so we recently launched the Start-Up Grant and are in the process of accepting applications. With this new initiative we are looking to support newly established businesses or even business ideas at their inception point, so, if you have a business that established itself on or from 12 April 2021 we want to hear from you.

The Start-Up Grant will be accepting applications from all sectors however priority will be given to those businesses that operate or will look to operate within the Retail, Hospitality or Leisure sectors.

As part of the application process, you will be required to submit a Business and Financial Plan of which will be assessed by qualified business advisors who will work with you to support and drive your business forward. Applicants should be in a position to match-fund any potential award amount. Grants can only be awarded to Business at point of trading.

Please click here to view the Start-Up Grant policy to ensure you are eligible, you can apply for this grant here


Planet-friendly guide for retailers to become more sustainable

Green Street is a guide to helping smaller retailers and hospitality businesses work together to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable as quickly as possible.

The Planet-friendly Guide has around 30 practical actions you can take, grouped under six easy-to-remember principles. Start doing these, and you’ll make a difference to your business, your customers, your community and our planet. The planet-friendly guide can be found here.

Free support for North Kesteven businesses

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

If you are in business and feel you could benefit from free business advice please contact him. Either call Phil on 07920 472671 or email phil_means@n-kesteven.gov.uk


Natasha's Law

The UK Food Information Amendment, also known as Natasha’s Law, comes into effect today (1 October 2021). The new law requires food businesses to provide full ingredient lists and allergen labelling on pre-packaged foods for direct sale on the premise.

In line with the new rules, PPDS (Prepacked for Direct Sale) food will have to clearly display the following information on the packaging:

  • Name of the food
  • Full ingredients list, with allergenic ingredients emphasised (for example in bold, italics or a different colour).

These changes apply to businesses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information on Natasha’s Law can be found here.


Webinars for the week ahead

04/10/2021 08:30-09:45 Sustainable Organisations - how to future proof your business

05/10/2021 09:00-17:00 Meet the Buyer: Food & Drink

06/10/2021 10:00-11:30 Planning a Website and Content

06/10/2021 14:00-16:30 Let's Talk About Retention

07/10/2021-22/10/2021 09:30-16:00 NBV | Starting in Business | Online

 


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