Growing Businesses Snap-up Central Lincoln Premises

Expanding asbestos and building services specialists are relocating their headquarters to Lincoln, in a move which promises to create more jobs. Lincoln-based chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co today revealed it has sold former Lincolnshire Co-op premises in Portland Street to the BESA Group, which offers expertise in a full range of asbestos surveying, management and removal services for domestic and commercial customers. BESA Group’s sister company, UP Construction, which carries out groundworks and civils as well as external works for a wide range of clients will also move its headquarters to the site. Both businesses are currently based in Saxilby.  BESA Group also has a London office and UP Construction a South Yorkshire depot. The move to Lincoln (from Saxilby) follows a two-year search for the right premises. BESA Director Benn Kay, who started the Group eight years ago with fellow Director Sam Scoffield, is delighted about the Lincoln purchase, which puts the businesses closer to many of their local mainstream clients – although both companies work countrywide. “We currently have a 25-strong team working across our businesses. Most people are directly employed by us and we are looking forward to creating more jobs when we relocate, hopefully by July,” said Mr Kay. “The Portland Street site provides really flexible accommodation which extends across two-storeys. The premises will give us office accommodation, storage and warehousing for our equipment, parking space and future expansion potential. “Everything we do at BESA is aimed at offering the very best service to our valued customers, which include the Lindum Group, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Co-op.” The company has worked on hundreds of schools in the area and further afield and was also involved in the renovation of Lincoln Castle! Mr Scoffield said: “Before work started on the £22 million revamp of Lincoln Castle, which was completed in time for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta celebrations in 2015, the BESA Group was contracted to identify the use of asbestos at this historic site, take samples and analyse these to see if any materials posed a risk to workers on the project.” Banks Long & Co Director James Butcher said:  “The premises, which were formerly home to Lincolnshire Co-op’s Portland Street funeral service, until it moved to the Society’s purpose-built Tritton Road Funeral Home in Lincoln in 2015, provide a mix of buildings over a quarter-of-an-acre site. “We were offering the...
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Surveyors’ Team Awards Drive

Lincoln-based Banks Long and Co is celebrating yet another award. A year of hard work by the busy team has been recognised as the firm was again named Lincolnshire’s Most Active Agent by respected industry magazine Estate Gazette. The company beat intense competition from well-known players in its sector to clinch the title, just weeks after it celebrated success at this year’s Lincolnshire Construction & Property Awards. That honour showcased Banks Long & Co’s expertise in working closely with client Lincolnshire Co-operative (as consultant, project manager and letting agent) and the Lindum Group, on the stunning revamp of Lincoln’s iconic Corn Exchange Building, which has gone on to attract national tenants. The 25-strong Banks Long & Co team, which is led by four directors and four associate directors is working on a range of high profile projects including the Cornhill Quarter city centre regeneration scheme, Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, the 57 acre Network 46 Business Park and the £46.3 million investment sale of Valentine Retail Park. The mounting success Banks Long & Co has enjoyed over the past year doesn’t mean staff are resting on their laurels. As Managing Director Tim Bradford said: “Every award simply serves to drive our team on to achieve more.” Published: FoxStar Media...
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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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