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Sleaford Masterplan (Refresh)

The Council is a grant recipient of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding for the “Reopening High Street Safety Fund (EM28)” project. The Council is currently undergoing a procurement procedure for the provision of consultancy services to review the original Sleaford Masterplan, identify any challenges, access the impact of COVID-19 and produce recommendations for the Council to consider on how to proceed with Sleaford town. 

The procurement opportunity is currently being advertised on the Contracts Finder: NKDC - Sleaford Masterplan (Refresh) - Contracts Finder and full access to the procurement documentation and the Council’s requirements can be made through the online portal, ProContract.


Going Green: How can you make a difference?

To help tourism businesses in the Greater Lincolnshire Area ‘green’ operations, Lincolnshire County Council has commissioned Considerate Group to develop a Green Tourism Toolkit. This new, user-friendly resource, being launched early 2022, will help tourism businesses attract more customers, retain the best staff, reduce operational costs, reduce impacts on the environment, promote wellbeing and inclusivity, and help you and your local area thrive.

To ensure the toolkit is created to meet the needs of businesses, Considerate Group want your input and insights; you are being asked to complete a predominantly multiple-choice, approximately 30-minute survey.

Your input will ensure the Green Tourism Toolkit is fit-for-purpose. In addition, as a thank you for completing the survey, you will receive a FREE personalised summary report, detailing your business's current sustainability performance and guiding you towards areas for improvement. The report is worth £1,050.

The survey needs completing by 17 November 2021. There are two options for completing the survey:

  • Option 1: If you have enough time to complete the survey in one sitting, please follow this all-user link here. If you select this option, please remember to stay on the webpage and complete the survey in full to ensure your entries are not lost.
  • Option 2: If you would like to complete the survey across multiple sittings (i.e. be able to leave and return to the survey at leisure), please email ASAP to request a personalised survey link. The personalised link will save your progress, allowing you to complete the survey at your own pace.

The survey is open to all tourism businesses and their supply chain, we are in the process of emailing a link to all businesses however if you haven’t received an email please contact

UK Food Valley launched at annual LEP conference

After a year’s absence the annual conference of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership returned to the Lincolnshire Showground on Tuesday (2 November 2021).

The highlight of the event was the launch of the sector-first UK Food Valley, an ambitious project to create a top 10 global food cluster and level up Greater Lincolnshire.

Its priorities are to:

  • Accelerate food chain automation and digital technology adoption to deliver productivity growth and high value jobs
  • Deliver low-carbon food chains from farm to fork by focusing on low carbon technologies for production, processing and distribution
  • Develop the market potential of naturally good-for-you foods and new sources of protein such as fish, vegetables, salads, fruit, pulses and lean meat

To find out more about the UK Food Valley visit the website here. 

The ARG Start-Up Grant

ARG Start-Up

The ARG Start-Up Grant is still open for applications; this support is available to businesses established on or after 12 April 2021. We are 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 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 businesses at point of trading.

Please click here to view the Start-Up Grant policy to ensure you are eligible. To apply for the ARG Start-Up Grant please click here.

Is your business on social media?

If so, join our Business NK group here or follow us on twitter. We share information, support and advice on each platform.

Countdown to Small Business Saturday 2021


Small Business Saturday returns on 4 December; the national campaign highlights the importance of SMEs to the local economy. We want to encourage as many small businesses as possible to get involved.

Last year a number of retailers offered a special discount for the day to encourage people to shop and support local businesses. We, in turn, promoted the offers and retailers via our social media channels.

This year we are doing a countdown throughout November, giving a shout out to a different business every day leading up to Small Business Saturday.

If you would like to be part of the countdown on our Business NK channels, please email with your business name, a photo of your business and your social media handles so we can tag you in the post. 

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

Team Lincolnshire launch new website

Team Lincolnshire launched a new website last week, this will be a platform for attracting new investment and providing detailed information about the region.

There is now an improved space for Ambassadors to showcase their business, as well as provide details on webinars, news, events and success stories. Visit the new website here.

Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 now open

The QES is your chance to have your say on the issues which are affecting your business. 

By completing the survey you can add a strong Lincolnshire voice to the national results, which are passed over to policymakers to help the country bounce back stronger. Have your say and take part in the QES here.

Webinars for the week ahead

08/11/2021 13:00-15:00 ChamberConnect: Social Media Basics Workshop

08/11/2021 14:00-15:00 Growing together: Agri-Food in the East of England

09/11/2021 10:00-11:00 Investor Readiness

09/11/2021 13:30-15:00 Finding your Customers - Part 1

10/11/2021 09:00-15:30 Maximise your Online Presence Workshop

10/11/2021 12:30-14:00 The future of sustainability and transport in the Midlands