Regional Accountancy Firm Announces New Directors

Chartered Accountants Wright Vigar has announced the appointment of two new directors – strengthening the team at the top of this firm. Paul Colcomb and Matthew Chadwick, who are based at the practice’s Lincoln office, on Newland, are proud to have joined the Board, after working their way up the ladder at the business, which now employs more than 100 people. Wright Vigar, which also has offices in Gainsborough, Sleaford, Newark, Retford and London, prides itself on taking a proactive approach to providing clients, ranging from owners of small businesses to directors of multi-million pound companies, with individually tailored business advice and accountancy expertise. Paul and Matthew’s promotion highlights the possibilities for ambitious team members who are keen to progress their careers and play a strong role in the firm’s continued success. Both Paul and Matthew joined Wright Vigar as trainee accountants, and their progression is testament to their hard work and dedication alongside the firm’s culture of personal and professional development. In addition to advising businesses across a broad range of sectors, Paul and Matthew also specialise in helping clients in two important growth areas in Lincolnshire – the expanding not-for-profit and buoyant construction and property sectors. Paul, who lives in Newark, joined the company fourteen-and-a-half years ago. As well as working out of the firm’s Newland offices (Lincoln), he is regularly at the Newark office. “Becoming a director is an honour and a privilege, I am proud of the progress I’ve made and I’m looking forward to working further with existing clients to help them achieve their goals, whilst also creating new client relationships and supporting the growth aspirations of the firm,” said Paul. “Although I work with all types of businesses, I have a particular interest in the not-for-profit sector. Each have unique needs and it’s great to work with so many organisations who are making a difference in society.  We provide specialist advice on items such as governance and operational matters alongside the statutory year end services,” he said. “At Wright Vigar we are currently working with many organisations, from registered charities, community interest companies to community amateur sports clubs, ensuring they are kept up to date with the latest regulations within the sector.” The strong commitment to the not-for-profit sector is reflected throughout the firm, which has a policy of allowing every employee to devote three days a year to raising money for their...
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Help to Create a Ball Room Boutique

Fashion-lovers have the opportunity to help the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance  create a stunning “Ball Room Boutique” in the heart of the city during Lincoln Fashion Week 2018. Ladies are being encouraged to dip into their wardrobes and to give once-loved evening, special occasion, and prom fashions which they no longer wear, the chance of a new lease of life. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is Lincoln BIG’s official Charity partner for Lincoln Fashion Week and both are urging people to donate high-quality, pre-loved dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories for resale in the Air Ambulance’s unique pop-up Ball Room Boutique. It will be set-up in The Waterside Shopping Centre and open daily throughout LFW, which runs from May 4 to 11. The aim of the Ball Room Boutique is to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance charity, which is pulling out the stops to raise even more funds than ever so that it can move to 24/7 flying later this year. Lincoln BIG Head of Fashion Jess Wickham said: “We’re hoping people will be motivated to help the charity by taking a closer look inside their wardrobes and donating garments and accessories, which are unnecessarily taking-up precious space but much too special to simply throw away. “Donated garments, suitable for anything from a wedding to a day at the races or even a cruise are welcome.  We would also love to receive jewellery, shoes, bags, hats and fascinators – we’re sure they will all help to make the pop-up shop a real magnet for bargain-hunters and in turn help the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance raise vital funds so that it can continue to save lives 365 days a year!” There are lots of “drop-off” points for Ball Room Boutique donations – where people will find collection boxes from April 16. All donations must be received by April 25, so that everything can be sorted in good time to display on the boutique clothes rails. People can donate items at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Shops in Lincoln High Street, Bracebridge Heath, Wragby, Market Rasen, Spalding or Ashby (near Scunthorpe). Alternatively, items can be taken at collection points in Debenhams at Lincoln’s St Marks Shopping Centre; Waterside Shopping Centre and The White Hart Hotel in Bailgate. During LFW, Lincoln BIG is circulating 5,000 flyers publicising our unmissable, action-packed week – so we are also...
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High-Flying Year of Celebration

Families are being encouraged to celebrate Lincolnshire’s magnificent aviation story by filling their diaries with fantastic events and fun things to do as we mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG are proud to be commemorating the county’s association with the 100th anniversary of the RAF. The city and county are famed for their heritage and the fact that Lincolnshire played key roles in the First and Second World Wars. We are still home to many operational RAF stations today. In honour of this special year, Lincoln BIG has hung an eye-catching banner  featuring the much-loved aerobatic team The Red Arrows, across the city’s High Street. It’s there to remind everyone to join in with the RAF100 celebrations, which include unmissable, world-class family-friendly events, exhibitions and trails. Head of Visit Lincoln Lydia Rusling said: “It really is a special year and we are determined to make RAF100 one to remember, so we hope as many people as possible will join in. “To celebrate this year’s activities and events, Visit Lincoln has launched a video showcasing the forthcoming highlights of 2018 – see www.visitlincoln.com/RAF Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “We have devised eight new exciting trails for Lincoln and the county.  The four walking routes and four cycling trails will be launched at the end of April. “In connection with these, Lincoln BIG worked with the University of Lincoln and the International Bomber Command Centre, off Canwick Hill,  to “find” 100 voices – to compile a collection of stories from Lincolnshire. “Each “Voice” will be presented on a wing installation.  These wings will be placed around the city and Greater Lincoln area. And walkers and cyclists will be able to read the stories, each of which is an historical account relating to the RAF in the county. April 12 promises to be a really special day, with the private official opening of the International Bomber Command Centre, off Canwick Hill, just outside of the city. This important site, which will be fully open to the public from April 14, includes the 102-ft high Corten steel memorial spire, walls containing the names of nearly 58,000 men and women who perished whilst serving with or supporting Bomber Command during World War Two, The Chadwick Centre (which is packed with information and exhibition material), peace gardens,  a café and the Ribbon of Remembrance, with its...
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Sporting Duo to Receive Top Honour

Red Imps fans had another great reason to celebrate when it was announced that Lincoln City Football Club’s managers had won a top accolade. Team manager Danny Cowley and his brother and assistant manager Nicky Cowley have been named winners of the 2018 Lincoln Civic Award.   They will be presented with the striking silver accolade at a private ceremony in the city’s Guildhall on April 12. The Awards Trustees revealed that the Cowleys, who have transformed the football club’s fortunes – and who will be taking the Imps to Wembley on April 8 – were an obvious choice after receiving several nominations suggesting they were well worthy of the coveted honour. Trustees Chairman Henry Ruddock said: “We were delighted to receive a good variety of nominations this year, for individuals and organisations from a wide range of sectors. “The Cowleys had some competition, but the Trustees were unanimous in their decision that they should receive the Lincoln Civic Award. “Everyone recognises how much they have done in turning around Lincoln City FC’s fortunes but, equally, they have put our wonderful city on the wider map and acted as ambassadors in ensuring more people worldwide know how much Lincoln has to offer visitors.” People who nominated Danny and Nicky were in no doubt that the pair should be credited with completely “revitalising and re-energizing” Lincoln City FC, which now regularly attracts gates of up to 10,000 people, including many visitors to the city. One nominator said: “After six years in the non-league doldrums, Lincoln regained its place in the football league by winning the non-league title in May 2017. “At the same time, Lincoln became the first non-league club for over 100 years to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup, playing against Premiership sides such as Burnley and Arsenal. “All this resulted in putting Lincoln firmly on the map with much media coverage at home and abroad.  What a wonderful view of a floodlit Cathedral appeared on our television screens during one televised match. It was such an excellent advert for Lincoln tourism.” Danny and Nicky, who are former school teachers, have also been praised for the way in which they encourage young people to get involved with sport and how they have forged links with schools, colleges, universities and local businesses. The Award, which is presented annually, is given to a person(s), charity or company which has, in the opinion of...
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Traders Back Wembley-Bound Red Imps

Shopkeepers in Lincoln have gone to town and “painted the city red and white” in support of Lincoln City Football Club in the run-up to its trip to Wembley. As excitement builds ahead of the Checkatrade Trophy final against Shrewsbury on Sunday, April 8, retailers have been pulling out all the stops and decorating their shop windows in creative and eye-catching ways. At the same time, Lincoln BIG – with the support of St Marks’ Shopping Centre and The Waterside Shopping Centre – have added to the festival atmosphere by decking the city’s streets with flags and bunting. Lincoln BIG Business Support Manager Richard Baxter said: “Lincoln City’s fortunes have really helped to put Lincoln on the map and get us better known.  We are delighted to have worked with the Imps to launch a window dressing competition, for which they have sponsored a lucrative prize. “Lots of businesses have been decorating their premises in creative ways and next week, Lincoln City FC’s much-admired Manager Danny Cowley and Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley will be judging the myriad window displays and choosing their favourite. “We invited traders to send in photographs of their decorated windows and we have been overwhelmed with the response, so it will be a tough call, but one lucky business will win £2,000 worth of perimeter board advertising at the Imps’ Sincil Bank ground. “This will give them great exposure for the rest of the 2018, as well as the 2019, season. “We would also like to say a big “thank you” to St Mark’s Shopping Centre and the Waterside Shopping Centre for helping us to decorate the city’s streets with bunting and flags,” added Mr Baxter. Shoppers and Imps’ supporters were thrilled to meet the Cowley brothers, when they walked down the city’s High Street, signing autographs and shaking hands, after holding a “public” press conference within Ruddock’s former premises on March 29. Along the way they posed for photographs and talked to shoppers and traders, including those at St Mark’s Shopping Centre, where they also chatted to St Mark’s Manager Valerie Johnson. She said: “Lincoln City FC has done a lot for the city and it is great to see businesses getting behind the club. We wish Danny, Nicky and the team the very best for Wembley.”   Published: FoxStar...
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Major Investment Opportunity Hits the Market

Valentine Retail Park in Lincoln is on the market as a £46.33m investment opportunity. The shopping centre off Tritton Road is home to Next, TK Maxx, Asda Living, Dreams, DFS, AHF, American Golf, Harveys, Costa and Carphone Warehouse. And on April 4, they will be joined by Hobbycraft. Banks Long & Co and Wilkinson Williams are managing the sale for owners British Land and Castle Square Developments. The firms are looking for offers in excess of £46.3m, which would result in a net initial yield of 5.95 per cent. Managing director of Banks, Long & Co Tim Bradford, who is handling the sale, said: “This is a major disposal. “It provides an investor with the opportunity to buy the best retail park, in a prosperous cathedral city which is expanding. “We expect to see strong interest from a wide range of buyers, including pension funds, specialist property investment vehicles, local authorities and larger property companies.” Mr Bradford said there had been no slowdown in the strong level of sales activity seen at the start of the year in Lincoln. He said: “The city is out-performing many of its Midlands’ neighbours. “Lincoln enjoys a captive retail catchment of well over 500,000 people with a demographic profile well above the national average in areas such as ‘affluent achievers’ and ‘comfortable communities’. “It is growing at a fast rate. Infrastructure projects, such as the East/West Link Road (now completed), work underway on the Eastern Bypass, the continued growth of the university and the long-awaited major regeneration of the city centre and the Cornhill Quarter are all adding to the city’s transformation. “Today, we align ourselves to other prosperous cathedral cities, such as Canterbury and Exeter, and investors recognise the excellent growth potential which Lincoln has to offer.” Late last year, Banks Long & Co completed more than £16m worth of property investment transactions in Lincoln, including the sale of a retail park let to The Range and Wren Kitchens for a figure in access of £12m and the acquisition of a large city centre retail and office building for a price of around £3m. The firm also secured planning permission for a major new student development providing 469 beds, arranged around a new town house style concept, with car parking. Published: Lincolnshire Live...
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