Fashionistas – Get Your Special Tickets for Catwalk Spectacular

Snappy dressers can pick-up a fashion-forward bargain by being among the first to grab a special ticket for our Lincoln Fashion Week finale! Organiser Lincoln BIG has announced a super moneysaving deal for fashion lovers – by releasing £10 tickets for 10 days only. Our bargain buy is only available from today, Monday, February 11 to Wednesday, February 20 inclusive. The £10 tickets allow people to get a seat at our fabulous catwalk show, which is being staged in the magical surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral on Friday, May 17, along with a souvenir programme and a glass of Prosecco. A limited number of VIP tickets are also on offer for those who want to make the evening extra memorable. These cost £15 per person, and include a seat, a programme, goodie bag and a  glass of bubbly and canapés at a pre-show reception in the Chapter House. The stage is already set for a fantastic Lincoln Fashion Week, which will have a Victorian twist and be bursting with events taking place around the city between May 10 and 17. St Mark’s Retail Park and The Waterside Shopping Centre have already come on  board as Lincoln Fashion Week’s headline sponsors and we are encouraging more retailers to get involved. Just call Jacinta Peachey on (01522) 842702. We are also thrilled that BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenters Scott Dalton and Carla Green are returning to be our “Masters of Ceremony” for the fashion finale. Lincoln BIG Events & Marketing Assistant Jacinta Peachey said: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Lincoln Cathedral, which will provide a dramatic backdrop to this year’s catwalk finale. “We are also looking forward to selling lots of tickets, because part of their sale will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support”, said Jacinta. Lincoln Cathedral Business Development Manager Samantha Mellows said: “The Cathedral is delighted to be hosting the Lincoln Fashion Week catwalk finale and we are excited to see what fashions will be displayed. “This is the first time we have hosted the catwalk and we are looking forward to the event and to seeing how it develops each year.” Macmillan Fundraising Manager for Lincolnshire Jamie Davenport said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the team on this year’s Lincoln Fashion Week.  Not only is it brilliant to be raising much-needed funds in Lincolnshire, but it gives us a great opportunity to spread awareness...
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Lincoln – a Hot Destination for Today’s Tourists

Lincoln is a growing magnet for travellers worldwide and a “must visit” destination on the discerning tourist’s bucket list. And on February 20, members of Business Women’s Link will learn about the many projects driving that trend, when the network welcomes guest speaker Head of Visit Lincoln, Lydia Rusling. The Community Interest Company is, appropriately, based in one of the city’s top historic attractions -Lincoln Castle. And, in addition to its efforts to attract more day and staying visitors to the city, it is working with over 160 county businesses with the aim of encouraging more people to live, work, learn and invest in Lincoln. Lydia, who has worked in the public and private sectors, joined the former Lincolnshire Tourism in 2004, moving into tourism development in 2007 – a move she found “very rewarding.” Since she took charge of Visit Lincoln, the city enjoyed its biggest increase in visitor numbers and increase in value of the visitor economy in 2017 – Lincoln had more than 4 million visitors generating £203 million for the local economy. “As a membership organisation we focused on working with more businesses and increased the number of partners of Visit Lincoln by over 40 per cent.  In 2018 we became an independent community interest company and we have almost doubled our turnover within the first year,” said Lydia. “As a team we want to see Lincoln be the best.  It’s a beautiful and vibrant city, but it needs to attract investment, grow sustainably and be a good place in which to live and work. “By working with the City of Lincoln Council, Be Lincoln will attract investment – matching investors with the destination, integrate and strengthen investment into the city with Lincoln’s Live, Visit and Learn offer and broaden and grow the number of businesses we work with.” Lydia, who leads a team of six, has some great plans for the future and BWL members can look forward to hearing her at our meeting at Langleys Solicitors in Doddington Road, Lincoln, on Wednesday, February 20 at 5.30pm. There will also be time for refreshments and networking....
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New Service Will Offer Companies Extra!

Lincoln-based human resources specialists – who branched out to launch a London office in October – have added another string to their bow! Amica HR, which is headquartered in The Think Tank, off Ruston Way, has expanded again, after announcing a sister venue Amica Legal. Amica HR Director Suzanne Tricker said the business will provide a specialist, tailor-made service for firms needed employment law advice or employment law defence. Amica Legal will be fronted by Lucy Stones, who joined Amica last year.  She has practised employment law since 2009 and qualified as an Employment Solicitor at the beginning of 2013. The Head of Legal Services and an employment lawyer, Lucy has worked for regional and national law firms, having concentrated solely on employment law.  She advises clients on all aspects of this discipline. Suzanne said: “We started offering this type of advice to some of our HR clients and very quickly realised there was a gap in the market waiting to be filled. “We can offer our legal expertise as an added value service to an existing commercial client of as a stand-alone to other firms. “Employers will be able to seek advice from Amica Legal, at any stage. For example, they may be encountering an issue with an employee and wish to discuss ways to resolve the issue and limit their litigation risk. “Likewise, they may have received an Employment Tribunal Claim and wish to instruct us to represent them.  This is something we can do all the way to the final hearing.” Lucy said: “At Amica Legal we know the prospect of facing an Employment Tribunal claim is daunting.  It is likely that a claim issued to the Employment Tribunal has come following a long and emotionally-draining internal workplace issue. “The prospect of transferring the matter to the Employment Tribunal is something no business wishes to face.  Not only can this process take months to resolve, it also impacts on the productivity of the business, due to the time spent defending a claim and the associated costs. “I am passionate about providing practical, speedy and common-sense solutions to businesses and I have frequently represented clients in Employment Tribunal hearings. Amica Legal has been created due to demand and also because Amica HR and Amica Legal complement one another as professional services,” added Lucy. “Amica Legal will carry forward a wealth of experience from its well-grounded HR practices...
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Who Should Win Lincoln’s Top Honour?

Do you know an outstanding individual, organisation or company  worthy of winning Lincoln’s top accolade? It’s that time of year again, when the Trustees of the magnificent Lincoln Civic Award announce their search to find the winner of this superb silver trophy crafted by the city’s late silversmith Derek Birch. And there’s also a chance for up to six people to receive one of the city’s coveted Mayoral Medals. The Civic Award Trustees are keen to hear about people from all walks of life, outstanding businesses and impressive organisations, who should be recognised for bringing credit to the City of Lincoln. Their achievement might have made the city better known or improved the quality of life for Lincoln residents. That task may have been performed as a voluntary act or in the course of remunerated work. The Mayoral Medals were originally presented by the Mayor to people returning “home” from the First World War, to thank them for their service to their country and city. Today, they are presented in recognition of an individual’s tireless work for others, without asking for any recognition or remuneration. The Civic Award’s roll of honour features a dazzling array of previous winners.  They include industrialists, educationists, charity workers, sportsmen and women, firms whose products have taken Lincoln’s name worldwide and unsung heroes who have quietly made a huge difference to community groups. Nominations are welcomed from all areas of the city and the Trustees are hoping to hear some great stories about why those nominated should win this stunning accolade – or a Mayoral Medal. This year the Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Keith Weaver in a ceremony in Lincoln’s Guildhall on Thursday, April 4, at 6.30 pm. Whoever wins the Civic Award will find themselves in good company!  Last year, Lincoln City Football Club’s highly-popular managers Danny and Nicky Cowley were thrilled to receive the honour, from the then Mayor Councillor Chris Burke. In 2017, it was presented to Ray Hooley (then aged 89). The information officer and librarian for the former engineering company Ruston & Hornsby was nominated by his daughter Kerry Blackbourn. One of his most notable achievements for Lincoln was saving, maintaining and looking after the Ruston archives (1860 to 1990). Mr Hooley also instigated the return and restoration of pieces of machinery and vehicles, including three Ruston-built cars, from Australia, Glasgow and Devon....
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Talking About the Power of Counselling

There was a lively buzz at a Lincoln counselling centre when members of the city’s Civic Party and other visitors called in during its busy Open Day. Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Keith Weaver and Mayoress Jacqui Lane and others were fascinated to hear how the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH) has worked with 750 clients, of all ages, over the past two years. People had a chance to chat to the Community Interest Company’s Chief Executive Naomi Watkins and fellow director Alex Parkin about the Hub’s development and ask its counsellors about the rewarding work they do. They discovered how the Hub’s success in winning several rounds of funding have allowed it to grow physically, take on more experienced staff and, most importantly, help many more distressed young people and adults quicker. The Allenby Industrial Estate Hub, which is based in linked neighbouring premises has expanded and recruited additional staff – giving it 19 counsellors and six support workers, as well as two much-loved therapy dogs – and it also boasts training facilities. “Our latest improvements and the fact that we are in the middle of recruiting four new counsellors, is down to the £40,000 awarded to us last year by The Key Fund, in the form of a part grant/part loan.  That followed a £60,000 award from them a few months earlier,” said Naomi. “Our Open Day was a great success. We were able to showcase our nine counselling rooms, all of which are tailored to the individual needs of children, young people, singles, couples and families. “People were also really interested to learn about the wide range of counselling programmes we have, which include the offer of free counselling to young people between the ages of four and 18.  We have also extended our rape and sexual abuse counselling in the younger age category, for those up to 25-years-old. “Our referrals come from charity organisations, schools, Macmillan nurses, GPs, drug and alcohol services, the Probation Service and other medical professionals and we are really proud to have built an expert team to suit our individual clients’ very diverse needs,” added Naomi. NWCH is now gearing-up for another special celebration – its second Birthday Ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, overlooking the city’s Brayford Pool, on Saturday, March 30.  ...
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Counselling Hub Throws Open Its Doors

Counsellors are celebrating upgrading their premises and expanding their team, after putting a £40,000 boost to work. The Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH) – which has already worked with more than 751 clients over the past two years – is now superbly placed to provide potentially lifesaving support to more distressed youngsters and adults. And on Saturday (February 2), it will be throwing open the doors of its Allenby Industrial Estate premises to visitors, including special guests Lincoln’s Mayor Councillor Keith Weaver and Mayoress Jacqui Lane. Chief Executive Naomi Watkins and fellow Director Alex Parkin are thrilled with their latest expansion move.  By switching one of their previous two units, they now have the use of neighbouring premises which has allowed the Hub to vastly increase its number of counselling rooms – as well as training facilities. Two more experts have also just been recruited, which means that 17 counsellors and six support staff and two pet therapy dogs are now working out of the increasingly successful Community Interest Company. The new recruits are Karen Hopper and Heather Rice. Another two counsellors are being interviewed this week. “We are thrilled to have put £40,000 – awarded by The Key Fund last year – to good use to enhance our accommodation, allowing us to help many more people in need and start their counselling programmes even sooner,” said Naomi. “This is the second lot of assistance we have had from The Key Fund, which gave us £60,000 just a few months earlier.  Both awards were in the form of a part grant/part loan. “We had already created six counselling rooms, which are specifically decorated to help put children, teenagers, single adults and couples at their ease.  We are delighted that we have been able to create three more in our second unit, including facilities on the ground floor tailored to the needs of people with disabilities.” Naomi said everyone at NWCH is especially excited about their forthcoming Open Day, which will run from 10am to 4pm.   So much has happened over the past year and team members are keen to meet visitors and explain how rewarding it is to help put lives back on track. The team includes Hub Co-ordinator Diane Haines, a former volunteer, whose post was also created with support from The Key Fund. Among its many services, NWCH offers free counselling to young people between the ages...
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