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Small Business Saturday

There’s now just two weeks until Small Business Saturday, the national campaign that highlights the importance of SMEs to the local economy. A number of retailers have organised offers for the day which vary from 5-20% discount in store to a free hot drink if you mention Small Business Saturday in Cogglesford Watermill.

We want to promote all businesses so make sure you send any discounts you’ll be offering on the day to

That’s not all, on Saturday 4 December, there will also be the Farmers’ Market and Christmas Market at the Market Place, the ‘Gifted’ Market at the Hub and a Pop-Up Market at Millstream Square.

The Heart of Lincs website has lots of information on events and festive celebrations to help you enjoy an eventful Sleaford this Christmas, in addition to all the information shared by each of the event organisers through their own channels and means.

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.


Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 is open

The QES is your chance to have a 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.

The ARG Start-Up Grant


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.

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

New Sleaford Sausage shop in Bristol Arcade

Sausage shop

Following the opening of The Sleaford Sausage Shop on Saturday (13 November) we spoke to Ian Newton, proprietor of the store about why he chose to open a business in Sleaford, here’s what he said:

"I have over 30 years’ experience in the food industry with 20 of those being in manufacturing. Making sausages has always been a passion of mine and I decided this year to open a 'speciality sausage shop' in Sleaford where I can make traditional handmade pork sausages in the shop using local meat and selling direct to the public. 

Bristol Arcade in Sleaford is an ideal location as it is situated near the market place, it is the heart of Sleaford and full of fantastic independent shops. Eventually I hope to have lots of unusual flavours including Stilton, prosecco & many others"

The Sleaford Sausage shop will be open again this Saturday from 8am – 2pm and will be participating in Small Business Saturday, offering a 5% discount on all sausages on Saturday 4 of December.

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

22/11/2021 10:00-11:30 New to SEO -Get Your Website Ranking Higher In Google

23/11/2021 12:00-13:00 BLLive Show – Episode #7 – From Farming Challenges Today to Future Sustainable Supply Tomorrow

23/11/2021 13:30-15:00 Attracting Customers - Part 2

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