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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund

We’re pleased to have been allocated £3.1 million from the £2.6 billion UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Our communities care deeply about where they live, and so it will be exciting to see what can be achieved through this.

From the prospectus issued so far, we know that the Shared Prosperity Fund will empower places to build on their strengths and needs in order to boost living standards and health, employment opportunity and skills, overall community wellbeing and above all a sense of belonging and pride in place. It also aligns with the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.

We expect to submit a plan in summer for consideration by Government featuring local and stakeholder input, which if approved will enable us to draw down the allocated funds.

Further information and updates on the UKSPF will be shared on the Business NK website and our social media channels.

Discover Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards: Nominations now open

Nominations are now open for Destination Lincolnshire’s tourism awards, an opportunity for businesses to gain recognition across Greater Lincolnshire.

Heart of Lincs is sponsoring the pub of the year award and want to recognise pubs that make a significant contribution to tourism in their local area. The awards include fifteen categories ranging from resilience and innovation to ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism.

For more information and to make a nomination visit the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Excellence Awards website.

Additionally, North Kesteven District Council runs its own awards programme – the NK Community Champion Awards – that celebrates voluntary community-minded contributions that make a real difference in the lives of individuals, groups and entire communities.

There’s a specific Community Business category which champions businesses that give freely of their time, effort, materials and resources in support of community endeavour or which operate in a charitable or community-focused way and achieve social value that goes beyond the bottom-line.

If you run or know of a business that you think should be nominated for a ‘thank you’, please put in a nomination at before September 9. There’s also still scope for a couple of new business sponsors to join in the celebration. Drop a line to for more information. The participation and generosity of our businesses are critical to the awards’ success and sincerity.

Get involved in the conversation on devolution for Lincolnshire

Devolution is the transfer of powers and funding from national government to local places, meaning decisions are made closer to the people, communities and businesses which are affected.

Councils across Lincolnshire are developing proposals for devolution and want to start a conversation with businesses to explore whether devolution is right for our area. The Greater Lincolnshire LEP are leading on the business discussion ahead of submitting a deal to government at the end of this year.  

The LEP wish to seek views from the business community, as a devolution deal for Lincolnshire could be important to the business community.  To share your views please complete the survey on devolution Lincolnshire here, your business opinion will influence and shape the next steps. Further information is available here.

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is once again highlighting 100 small businesses. Promoting one a day for 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2022.

The 100 businesses receive exposure on the Small Business Saturday's social media channels and in the local and national press. Applications are now open, please see here for more information. Small Business Saturday 2022 will take place on Saturday 3 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

Business Lincolnshire's Pub diversification programme

Earlier this year Business Lincolnshire announced a new support programme for pubs in Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland. 

The Pub Diversification Programme aims to support all types of projects that pubs may be considering. Potential improvements could include creating overnight accommodation, retail services, additional facilities for walkers and cyclists, motorhome hook up points in the car park, electric vehicle charging points and more.

The programme is aimed at those looking to generate additional income to help futureproof their pub business. If you are interested in finding out how to apply please email or visit the Business Lincolnshire website.

Totally Locally's Fiver Fest

Totally Locally’s next Fiver Fest will be running for the fortnight of 2nd-16th July 2022, for more information about the campaign please see here. Make sure to email us if you're taking part so we can promote your offers.

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

15/06/2022 08:00-09:00 Manufacturing Breakfast Event – Energy Innovation for Businesses

15/06/2022 10:00-11:30 New to Google Analytics - Understand your Website Visitors with Google Analytics

16/06/2022 10:00-11:30 Planning a website and its content 

21/06/2022 10:00-11:30 Powerful PR | Business Lincolnshire

20/06/2022 - 24/06/2022 10:00 - 13:00 Fast Track to Funding for Women in Business

21/06/2022 10:00-11:30 Powerful PR