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Riverlight poster

After the week-long programme of fringe events, tomorrow is the RiverLight grand finale, you can expect workshops, exhibitions, artwork installations, light projections, pop-up stalls, dance, theatre, music throughout the day. Download the full programme here, printed copies are also available in shops, restaurants and cafés in Sleaford.

As part of the RiverLight festival, local businesses in Sleaford have teamed up to celebrate the event with special offers, promotions and window displays. Make sure to pop by and discover what’s on offer at the following businesses:

  • Alexandra's Boutique
  • Appetites
  • The Barge & Bottle
  • Beautifully Handmade Gift Shop
  • Dee's gifts Shop
  • Lorraine’s Children’s Wear
  • Love & Lace Bridal
  • Market Square Cafe & Restaurant
  • Paper Kisses
  • Pygott & Crone Estate Agents
  • Souls Boutique

Please note offers are available on Saturday 19 March only.

The festival is being organised by Hub-Sleaford in partnership with North Kesteven District Council using Government Welcome Back Funding.

Look out for your chance to direct wayfinding signage

Wayfinding signage

New directional signs highlighting more key amenities and attractions across Sleaford town centre are to be installed, to replace the existing signage in place.

The 10 existing green metal fingerposts are due to be removed later this month, to be replaced with an expanded wayfinding scheme following local input.

This expanded signage will better reflect all that Sleaford town centre offers since the current fingerposts were installed over 25 years ago, by highlighting heritage assets, shopping, leisure, attractions and other key aspects more effectively and across a wider area. North Kesteven District Council is leading on and undertaking the work, with Sleaford Town Council and Lincolnshire County Council as key partners.

The new wayfinding signage will be designed and shaped using local input, with opportunities for residents, businesses and key stakeholders to share their thoughts in different ways including engagement by consultants Landmark.

Updates will be shared to help ensure communities and visitors alike are aware of the changes in addition to the opportunity to help shape the new signage. Information will also be held on the Council’s website and through BusinessNK.

The project aligns with the Signage Strategy for Sleaford prepared by Lincolnshire County Council, North Kesteven District Council and Sleaford Town Council and adopted in 2018 following public consultation. Further information can be found here.

Free webinar to help business owners ensure that they 'flood ready'

With flooding events becoming more frequent, the University of Hull’s Flood Innovation Centre is holding a free webinar to help businesses understand the risk that flooding poses to them and encourage them to develop a flood plan.

During the free webinar, the Flood Innovation Centre team will share case studies about individuals and businesses that have survived major flooding events, as well as highlighting the measures they have put into place to help them cope with future flood risk. The session will give businesses an insight into issues and solutions around flooding and business insurance.

The Flood Innovation Centre will also introduce its new, fully funded support service, which helps eligible businesses to understand the steps they can take to protect their premises and give themselves a fighting chance of surviving future flooding events.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday 29 March from 10am to 11:30am, for more information or to book a place click here

Collaboration 4 Growth Funding and Support

Collaboration 4 Growth (C4G) offers grants and business support for micro, small, or medium size businesses in Lincoln, North Kesteven, and West Lindsey.

Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln BIG are working in partnership to provide business support to new and existing SME businesses who trade on a business-to-business basis. Eligible businesses can receive up to 12 hours support or a grant to support the growth and diversification of their organisation.

Through this project, there are revenue and capital grants available between £2,000 and £7,000 supporting activities such as the creation or implementation of new systems and purchasing new equipment. 

Businesses are entitled to receive a grant or 12 hour’s free business advice. The C4G project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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

Customs easement to help Ukraine aid exports

Moving aid and donations to the people of Ukraine will be made easier thanks to a customs easement, the UK Government announced last week.

The simplification of customs processes will apply to goods intended to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which are exported from Great Britain. Provided the goods are not exported to, or through, Russia or Belarus, then these simplified processes apply to qualifying goods regardless of the destination to allow maximum flexibility to get aid to where the need is greatest. Further information is available here.

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Webinars for the weeks ahead

21/03/2022 - 28/03/2022 09:30 -16:30 NBV/Starting in Business

22/03/2022 09:00-15:30 Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland Visitor Economy Conference 2022

22/03/2022 10:00-14:00 Farming Futures R&D Fund Briefing

22/03/2022 14:00-15:00 Take your Website to the World: Increasing website traffic through paid and organic search

23/03/2022 - 31/03/2022 09:30 -16:30 NBV/Starting in Business

23/03/2022 17:00 - 21:15 Lincolnshire Rural and Cyber Crime Conference

31/03/2022 09:30 - 13:30 Power your Global Potential – Communicating Across Borders

31/03/2022 11:00 - 12:00  Opportunities in Flood Resilience for Lincolnshire Construction Businesses