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Small Business Saturday

Tomorrow (Saturday 4 December) is Small Business Saturday, the national campaign that highlights the importance of SMEs to the local economy.

Here are a few of the retailers taking part and their offers for Saturday 4 December 2021:

  • SJB Uniforms – 20% of all work wear range
  • Navigation House – 10% discount on selected items
  • Cogglesford Watermill– free hot chocolate if you visit and mention Small Business Saturday
  • Sleaford Sausage Shop – 5% discount on all sausages
  • Pet shop girls – free cat or dog treats if you spend over £10
  • Glitz and Glamour Boutique - 15% off in store
  • Lorraine’s Childrens Wear – 10% off Christmas stock in store
  • Souls Boutique - 10% off any purchase over £90
  • Beautifully Handmade Gifts - 10% discount on the bamboo wooden ducks from Ducks ‘n’ stuff

This December there's an array of activities and events taking place in Sleaford. Using monies from the Welcome Back Fund we're helping promote them. The Heart of Lincs website has lots of information on events and festive celebrations to help you enjoy an eventful Sleaford this Christmas.

Help to Grow – learn new skills, reach more customers and boost your profits

You can still sign up to the new Help to Grow scheme which helps owners of small and medium-sized businesses take their business to the next level. There are two Government-backed programmes designed to help:

  • Help to Grow: Digital offers free, impartial advice on how technology can boost business, delivered through a new online platform.
  • Help to Grow: Management offers senior business leaders management and leadership training, delivered by Business Schools across the UK.

Learn more about how Help to Grow can make a difference to your business here.

Join the public consultation on the future of four Lincolnshire NHS services

On Tuesday 30 September NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a formal consultation exercise on the future of four NHS services.

This 12-week public consultation runs until 23 December 2021. It will enable people from across the county to have their say on how these services might be delivered in the future.

The four NHS services and proposed changes included in this consultation are:

  • Orthopaedic surgery across Lincolnshire
  • Urgent and emergency care at Grantham and District Hospital
  • Acute medical beds at Grantham and District Hospital
  • Stroke services across Lincolnshire

As part of this consultation, NHS Lincolnshire will be sharing information on the above services, how they operate now, the challenges faced and proposals for how they could be improved for the benefit of our staff and the population of Lincolnshire.

We would like you, as local businesses in North Kesteven, to be aware of this consultation and support us in sharing the information and encouraging residents to get involved.  

  • Join one of the face-to-face or virtual public engagement events, book your place here 
  • Complete the questionnaire here (paper copies are available on request)

Further details can be found on the Lincolnshire NHS website or contact or 01522 421860 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

Toll Bar Equestrian Riding School new riding simulator

Toll Bar Equestrian

Toll Bar Equestrian recently received grant funding from the ARG Adapt & Revive to purchase a Racewood riding simulator called Lloyd (pictured above). 

The riding simulator means training is now more accessible now and students can work with instructors to perfect their posture and position in a controlled environment.

Natalie Cuffe, proprietor and BHS instructor of Toll Bar Equestrian, said they have always wanted to buy a riding simulator to support beginners and established riders. Read the full case study here. 

Both the ARG Adapt & Revive and ARG Start Up grants are still open for applications. More information can be found on the Business NK website.

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

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.

Webinars for the weeks ahead

09/12/2021 08:15-09:30 The changing face of the Midlands - Q4 Ways of working - is hybrid here to stay?

09/12/2021 13:30-15:00 Digital Tools of the Trade

15/12/2021 12:00-13:00 ChamberConnect: Lincolnshire Network