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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

New Google training programme launched to help small businesses reduce their carbon emissions

 To help small businesses, Google has created new free, simple and actionable training programme to help SMEs reduce their emissions through business growth.

Training has been developed in partnership with Planet Mark as part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign, which encourages small businesses to commit to cutting their emissions in half by 2030 and to net zero by 2050. Further information here.

Working safely guidance

To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, Working Safely guidance will continue to provide advice on sensible precautions employers can take to manage risk in their workplace.

Businesses still have a legal duty to manage risks to those affected by their business. The way to do this is to carry out a health and safety risk assessment, including the risk of COVID-19, and to take reasonable steps to mitigate the risks you identify.

Businesses should use Working Safely guidance to consider the risk within your premises and decide which mitigations are appropriate to adopt. In the long term, we expect that businesses will need to take fewer precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19. We will continue to keep our guidance under review and will remove advice once it’s safe to do so.

Heroes of Net Zero Competition

As part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign, BEIS want to celebrate the small businesses taking the most innovative action to go green and cut their own greenhouse gas emissions to become a net zero business by 2050.

The best entries will be invited to attend the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow on November 2, where the winners will be announced and receive an exclusive prize package worth £4,500. More information here.

ARG Adapt & Revive has re-opened


We are pleased to announce the re-launch of the ARG – Adapt & Revive programme, this scheme was briefly closed due to the fund being oversubscribed, however due to a number of applications being unsuccessful we can now begin taking new applications.

This support is available to businesses that operate within the Retail, Hospitality, and Leisure, Personal Care sectors as well as the supply chains of these respectively.

You can view the ARG Adapt & Revive policy here. For further information on how to apply, please view the latest update on our website.

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Cycle markings on Sleaford roads


You might have noticed some bicycles painted on the road in parts of Sleaford town centre. 

Through the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, geared towards making sure high streets are as safe and welcoming as possible during the pandemic, we’ve been able to introduce new white cycle marks on key roads in the town centre together with Lincolnshire County Council’s highways team.  

We hope the new markings will act as a visual prompt to remind all road users that cyclists may be present on the highway, and will also therefore encourage people to keep considering alternative modes of transport to reduce car use where they can. These markings don't change the road layout as cycle lanes do.


Hix Partnership renovate derelict warehouse in Sleaford


Our latest case study focuses on how Christine Barnes and Janice Hix (Hix Partnership) renovated a derelict warehouse in Sleaford.

Read about their journey and how NKDC and the LEADER team supported them.

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

Webinars for the week ahead

12/10/2021 10:00-11:30 Developing a Marketing Plan

12/10/2021 10:00-13:00 HS2 Supply Chain Event

12/10/2021 - 19/10/2021 09:30 - 16:00 NBV | Starting in Business | Online

13/10/2021 09:00-15:30 FREE Maximise your Online Presence Workshop

13/10/2021 09:00-16:00 Lincolnshire Climate Summit 2021

15/10/2021 10:00-11:00 ChamberConnect: Scale Up Webinar