Fast Growth Triggers Relocation

Rising demand for its wide-ranging services has encouraged a successful Lincoln HR firm to move to bigger premises, as its team gears-up for the next exciting chapter in its story. B&G HR Limited, which has enjoyed exceptional growth over the past year, has moved to The Think Tank, in Ruston Way, Lincoln, after spending the past three years at BG Futures in the grounds of Bishop Grosseteste University’s campus. Founding Director David Grech and fellow Director Suzanne Tricker – who are supported by four other staff – have had an extremely busy year and they are confident the coming months will be just as hectic. “We simply outgrew our previous premises. We have seen a 100 per cent rise in demand over the past 18 months alone and tripled our turnover in the last 12 months,” said David. B&G’s diverse services aim to provide tailored solutions for everyone from the expanding entrepreneur, needing help with their first contract of employment, to growing businesses finding it hard to keep pace with complex changes to employment law. Clients include larger firms, which have decided to outsource all their HR functions to B&G, rather than carry the potentially costly overhead of employing their own in-house professional or HR Department. Suzanne said: “We are increasingly finding ourselves attracting bigger contracts, not just from Lincolnshire, but the wider East Midlands.  Although we can assist all types of firms, we have noticed a particular surge in demand for our services from companies working in the pharmaceuticals, construction and engineering sectors. “Our core client base is made-up of businesses with 25 to 50 employees, but whatever the size of a client’s business, we particularly enjoy working closely with owner and directors and not only acting as their HR specialist, but as an important part of their team.” B&G’s growing success has seen the firm strengthened by the arrival of HR Officer Elizabeth Todd, HR Assistant Nathan Long (who is a psychology graduate keen to build a career in HR) and HR Intern Emily Arundel. However, it is looking to increase its team again in the near future. Published: FoxStar...
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Auction “stars” realise about £180,000

The 36 “stars” of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail passed their toughest test with flying colours, by raising nearly £180,000 in a thrilling auction in Lincoln Cathedral. Hundreds of expectant Knights’ fans gathered in the Nave for the sale and, after days of hot speculation, it was the Knight of the Skies – signed by the last surviving Dambuster, Johnny Johnson MBE, which attracted the big money. A mighty cheer went up when it was snapped-up by its sponsor Game Engineering for £15,000. Jubilant Red Imps supporters also went away wearing huge smiles, after ensuring that the Lincoln City Knight, painted by artist Leah Goldberg, would be “going home” to Sincil Bank, after auctioneer Ian Walter, of J H Walter, dropped his gavel on their winning bid of £6,000. Other big money spinners were the Lincoln Green Knight – bought for £9,200 – and Knight in The Forest sold for £9,000. The tension inside the Nave was palpable, during a fun evening. Sponsors were among determined bidders and there was plenty of rivalry, especially among companies within the building trade, including Gelders, Chestnut Homes and Gusto Homes! But everyone was holding their breaths as the bidding price for the Knight of The Skies rose higher and higher, and there was cheering and loud applause when artist Rosie Ablewhite’s mum Di Ablewhite waved her card and clinched it for £15,000! Di Ablewhite has been passionate about Bomber Command for years. She volunteers at the International Bomber Command Centre on open days and is researching its digital archive. Di was accompanied by her family and friend Caroline Wood – who she met at a IBCC fundraising event. Caroline’s Uncle, Squadron Leader John Mitchell DFC, was a wireless operator and later a pilot, flying in Whittles and Lancaster in World War Two. Together they were determined to win the sculpture. “My daughter Rosie has drawn Johnny Johnson in several pictures. Caroline and I had pooled our resources and were determined to get the Knight, which GAME sponsored. I was shaking while I was bidding but we got it just within our budget. Knight of the Skies will eventually be going into The Chadwick Centre at the IBCC,” said Di. Members of The Lady Imps Supporters Association (LISA) rushed to throw a Red Imps scarf around the Lincoln City Knight, after clinching their favourite with a bid of £6,000. The money was raised through...
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Concert will Remember Lost Heroes

During the year 2016/17, Lincolnshire supporters of The ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity helped it to raise more than £41,000 for ex-soldiers and their families in need. And by December 2016, more than £30,000 of that had already been given out in grants to veterans who had served their country in world conflicts or, alternatively, had been awarded to their dependents. The hard fact is, the work of the charity is never done. An ex-soldier or their family might ask for help at any time. There can be a delay before a former service person or their loved-ones ask for help. Many former service people who served in The Falklands, Northern Ireland, The Gulf and Afghanistan are only just coming forward. This means that fundraising remains a top priority, closely followed by the charity’s drive to make many more people aware of its work and the difference it makes to changed lives. Now more county people are encouraged to do their bit, by treating themselves to what promises to be a fantastic night out in the company of The Regimental Band of The Coldstream Guards. And Lincolnshire families also have an opportunity to have a family member who was killed in action in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, remembered in a unique way. The Coldstream Band’s talented musicians are giving a special fundraising concert at Lincoln Cathedral on October 20 at 7.30pm, and they will be entertaining people with a varied programme designed to appeal to a wide audience. Lincolnshire ABF Committee Member, ex-Major Dennis Hannant said: “It is exactly 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, which was fought in the Autumn of 1917. “We will be remembering one of the most horrific battles of the First World War. Over 250,000 lives were lost for very little territorial gain. Many bodies were never found and remain lost beneath the ground to this day. “The Director of Music for The Band, Major Simon Haw MBE has written a very moving piece of music to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele and this will be performed during the evening.” Four large screens are being positioned in The Cathedral to ensure that everyone feels part of the concert, irrespective of where they are sitting. During the performance of Major Haw’s piece  a short film will be shown on the big screens – creating a wonderful opportunity for people...
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Signs of The Times

Dairy farmers have got the wedding, gala and party scene licked, after hitting the road with an authentic Seventies’ ice-cream van! It’s the latest moo-ve by the Scarborough family, of Daisy Made at Skellingthorpe, who decided to add a nostalgic touch to their business by splashing out on the original Morrison vehicle and revamp it to take to weddings, social gatherings and other special events. And they called on Simon Balfe of Showcase Signs – who has also been sprucing-up his own enterprise – to add the finishing touches to the vehicle’s bodywork, by supplying and applying some eyecatching signage. The traditional ice-cream van, complete with wide serving hatch, now sports a fresh green and creamy livery and a quirky cow logo has been added to the sides and the “tail” of the van. Daisy Made Director Matt Scarborough said: “We’ve gradually developed our ice cream business over 25 years. Branching out from our dairy herd, we have our own ice cream factory, a café with an outdoor play area, and complete with our own “Crazy Daisy Golf”. “We also have a own drive-thru facility, and we thought it would be great to have an original 1970s vintage ice cream van to take to a variety of events. “After sourcing the vehicle, and bringing it back to Lincoln from the south of England, we had it renovated and had it repainted in Daisy Made colours, giving a nod to its original green-and-white livery. We have started offering to take it to weddings, proms and other public gatherings – and it seems to be going down a treat!,” said Matt. Showcase Signs Director Simon Balfe said: “One of the fun aspects of running a signage business is that you never know what you might get asked to do next. Creating and applying the words and logos for the Daisy Made van has been one of my quirkier jobs! “I do work for a variety of businesses and organisations of all sizes, from higher education establishments to micro enterprises.  Typically, a lot of work comes from businesses, which have a need for services like mine as they grow and diversify. “It’s important to keep developing and changing your business to keep up with the times and people’s habits and preferences. My own industry is very competitive and the products and services that people are increasingly asking for has encouraged me to...
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Counselling Hub Wows Visitors

CIVIC dignitaries, health professionals and families turned out in force, eager to get the inside story on a new Lincoln counselling venture, which has got off to a great start. The co-founders of The Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH), Naomi Watkins and Alex Parkin, were delighted at the number of people who flocked to their open day and evening reception. The women who have recently celebrated a £25,000 grant from The Bromhead Trust, to allow them to help more young people affected by sexual abuse or rape, made the most of a superb opportunity to show guests around the Hub, chat about their services and share just how much their Community Interest Company has achieved in just over six months! A Gainsborough-area mum also shared how NCWH has made a real difference to her family and Alex (Parkin) read out a letter from a previous client who was keen to tell how NWCH had helped her to feel more like herself again. More than 35 people popped into the Hub during the day. Thirty more arrived in the evening and the centre’s 20 staff members including two pet therapy dogs,  were also in attendance. Guests included family and friends who have supported Naomi and Alex. Professionals at the evening reception included representatives from Lincolnshire schools, county businesses, Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council, LPFT, the University of Lincoln, counsellors and previous clients. Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Chris Burke, City Sheriff Jo Rimmer and the City Sheriff’s Consort Kraig Needs, were among the earliest daytime visitors. “I am hugely impressed with the vital work that this organisation carries out in meeting the needs of an under-supported and vulnerable part of our community,” said the Mayor, Councillor Burke. “This environment is highly appropriate and obviously well-designed and focused on putting different client groups at their ease. It is an organisation that should be promoted and funded because of the immense amount of work that still needs to be done.” The Hub has three, sensitively decorated private rooms, where qualified counsellors offer children, young people, couples and families, the space to safely share their feelings. NWCH’s youngest patients are helped through a mix of pet therapy, sand tray therapy, play and counselling – all designed to help them to process their emotions, regain their confidence and start to feel part of their community once more. A mum-of-three from Gainsborough, who has undergone treatment for...
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Look Out for the Big Spenders!

Speculation is running at fever pitch as the countdown to the Lincoln Knights’ Auction gathers speed! Who will be the “big spenders” ready to outbid the competition to get one of the 36 fabulous “stars” of this year’s Lincoln Knights’ Trail, which was organised by Lincoln BIG, helped by its sister organisation Visit Lincoln and their other partners. One thing’s for sure, anyone desperate to be among the first to know will have to get their skates on and snap-up a ticket for this great event – taking place at Lincoln Cathedral on September 30 at 6.45pm – because they are going like hot cakes. The Lincoln Knights’ Trail has been a top Summertime attraction in a milestone year, when Lincoln has celebrated the 800th Anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and The Sealing of The Charter of the Forest. And this special sale, which is being conducted by well-known Lincoln auctioneer Ian Walter of J H Walter, promises to be a lot of fun. Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “The Knights’ Trail and its sister Education Knights’ Trail (featuring 45 half-sized Knights and managed by the EBP) have kept locals, visitors and shoppers alike enthralled over the Summer. “They have sparked thousands of selfies, tens of thousands of “likes” and Tweets on social media, encouraged us to run children’s workshops and have been taken out and about, including to Kings Cross, to help spread the word about our amazing city. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the way in which our sponsors, including firms and organisations, have thrown themselves into this project and even used their Knights to help promote Lincoln as well as their own businesses and brands. “Now the tension is really mounting. One of the biggest questions on everyone’s lips is – just how much will bidders have to shell out to get their favourite Knight? Who really knows? “But we think that The Lincoln City Knight – which is signed-by Lincoln City Football Club’s Management Team Danny and Nicky Cowley and last season’s victorious players, is going to be a hot contender when it comes to seeing which Knight raises the most money. “The Lincoln City Knight could, of course, find himself squaring-up to the Knight of The Skies, which was inspired by the heroes of Bomber Command and the International Bomber Command’s (IBCC) Spire Memorial – especially as 2018 will see the official...
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