Feel The Love – and Be A Winner!

“Feel the Love” this February by tracking down Lincoln BIG’s famous red hearts – and putting yourself in the picture for a fabulous prize. The Business Improvement Group has teamed-up with The Cosy Club in the city’s Cornhill Quarter and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, overlooking Lincoln’s magnificent Brayford Pool to run a fun competition. And the winners of our #LOVELINCOLNTRAIL will walk away with a £60 meal voucher for The Cosy Club and enjoy bed-and-breakfast at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. For the third year running, Lincoln BIG will be installing five giant red iron love hearts on the city’s streets.  All couples, partners and friends have to do is use these as innovative selfie photo props. Lincoln BIG Events & Marketing Assistant Jacinta Peachey said: “To enter participants need to upload images taken with all five love hearts to Instagram, using the layout or carousel format.  They should also add the hashtag  #LOVELINCOLNTRAIL and tag-in the valentine that would love to share the prize with. “Selfies need to be uploaded by Sunday, February 17, to be entered in a prize draw.  The winner will be picked at random on February 18.  We are also encouraging people to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with Lincoln’s Valentine’s Day promotions and offers.” This year the hearts will be on display from February 9 to 17.  They can be found at St Marks Shopping Centre, in the Lower High Street, City Square, Brayford Wharf and Castle Hill. Tracking down the hearts offers shoppers and visitors another great opportunity to visit one of Lincoln’s BIG 800 levy payers, for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or to do a spot of shopping.   It’s all part of the city’s great experience....
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Top Venue for Fabulous Fashion Extravaganza

Lincoln BIG today announced more exciting news – after securing the jewel in the city’s crown and top comperes for this year’s Lincoln Fashion Week finale. With the event promising to be even bigger and better than ever, more sponsors and retailers are also being urged not to miss out on a brilliant opportunity to promote themselves, their fashions and services at the event on Friday, May 17, 2019. Lincoln BIG’s Fashion Week organiser Jacinta Peachey said: “We are thrilled to let everyone know that Lincoln Cathedral is to host our glittering catwalk finale, which will be the highlight of LFW, which runs from May 10 to 17. “We really couldn’t have found a more magnificent venue for this event.  It will provide a dazzling backdrop to the catwalk finale and show our models and the latest looks off to perfection. “With all the extra space that the Cathedral offers, it also means we can accommodate many more fashion lovers, thanks to having so much seating room.” Much-loved BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenters Scott Dalton and Carla Green will also be returning as “Masters of Ceremony” for the show. Plans for our week-long LFW, which will have a Victorian twist, are already causing a stir – with sponsors and would-be models rushing to sign-up to be part of it and there’s lots more going on behind the scenes. It’s great that we already have St Mark’s Retail Park and The Waterside Shopping Centre on board as our headline sponsors, but we warmly invite more retailers, hairdressers, beauticians and other businesses to add their name to this week-long extravaganza. Retailers and other potential sponsors can find out more by visiting: https://.lincolnbig.co.uk/what-we-do/great-events/ LFW provides a fabulous opportunity for aspiring models – and everyone from children to senior citizens (men and women) who may have always secretly fancied getting dressed-up and taking to the catwalk – to fulfil a dream! “We’ve already had a rush of models who want to take part, including some of whom have been part of LFW in the past and had such a good time, they want to join us again. More would-be models can apply at: https://www.visitlincoln.com/models/ by February 17, 2019,”  said Jacinta. “We are also thrilled to have signed-up our charity partners for this year’s show.  Macmillan Cancer Support will directly benefit by being presented with part of the money raised through the grand finale ticket...
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Unlocking a Brighter Future for Firms and Workers

Energy Sparker Rachel Linstead is urging firms to create happier and healthier workforces –  and supercharge their fortunes – by tackling the soaring cost of employment-related sickness. The annual cost of work-related illness to the UK economy reached about £15 billion in 2016/17 – and that figure does not include the cost of long-term illness or cancer. With 26.8 million working days lost due to work-related ill health in 2017/18 – 57 per cent linked to work-related stress, depression and anxiety –  it is clear that companies need to act. With the cost of this serious problem impacting heavily on the bottom line, Rachel – who is Director of Firecracker – is encouraging bosses to get to grips with the issue by booking  their places at the Lincolnshire Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference. It is Firecracker’s inaugural conference and takes place on May 14, 2019, at The Showroom, off Tritton Road, Lincoln. “The solution lies with employers, who have a responsibility to keep their staff safe and well under The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.  Extensive research clearly shows that those companies who do look after their staff wellbeing have great business success and see a clear return on investment too,” said Rachel. Firecracker has lined-up a really interesting event, with a great mix of speakers, who will be encouraging delegates to take time out and explore some of the many ways they can “future-proof” their businesses for continued success by looking after their staff’s health and wellbeing. Speakers already booked include Chris Blevins of The Askefield Project. This is a care farm in Friskney, which offers free support to anyone over 18 who has a mental health condition; conference tickets will include a £5 donation to the charity. Delegates will also hear from Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly – currently national lead for performance management.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and was recently accepted as a Chartered Director. Sleep behaviour and environment expert, The Sleep Geek, James Wilson will also be talking about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. James who works with organisations ranging from Blue Chip corporates to sports teams, was one of the experts on Channel 4’s series The Secrets of Sleep. There will be refreshment breaks, networking and the opportunity to speak to exhibitors who specialise in workplace health and wellbeing services. People can book...
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2019 Promises to be Extra Exciting for County Dancers

More aspiring dancers will get the chance to fulfil their dreams, thanks to a county business which has choreographed a smart move to new premises. Louth’s family-run Studio 2000 School of Dance has expanded, after professional teacher Nicola Goldby and her husband Stuart snapped-up the chance to buy the town’s Masonic Hall in Queen Street. Now they are breathing new life into the historic property having created new studios for the school’s 250 pupils and others waiting in the wings to join classes.  The couple are also aiming to create private function facilities in the building. Nicola started her business in 1990 by renting premises before buying a property in Cannon Street in 2000. It sold quickly and she had to take her classes at the town’s  London Road Sports Pavilion. “I am a fully-qualified ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing and I am also qualified with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The School provides dance classes in ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre, street dance, acrobatic arts and singing. “We serve a good catchment area and take children from the age of two-and-a-half through to teenagers and adults. We also put pupils through RAD and ISTD examinations.” Stuart and Nicola’s investment in the new dance centre is not just great news for its pupils, it’s a fantastic move for other members of their family. “Our daughter Chloe, who has a BA Honours degree in Dance and a certificate in Acrobatic Arts is doing her ISTD training in Leeds.  She joined us as a teacher in September,” said Nicola. Son Conor, who is a whizz at street dancing,  and who was a BDO Champion in street dancing competitions two years running, will also be teaching some of those techniques at the new centre. Stuart Goldby said: “We are thrilled to have bought The Masonic Hall, after a long search for the ideal premises and everyone has been eager to see them refurbished. “The Masonic Hall is an interesting building, which is an ideal fit with our plans for the future. Changes include the installation of new dance floors, mirrors, barres, a reception room, changing rooms and, in time, we want to add a café, licensed bar and function room.” Stuart added that the Studio 2000 School of Dance has a great relationship with the town’s Riverhead Theatre, where dancers take part in pantomimes, musicals and other...
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Smash Your Way Through The Glass Ceiling

Smart leadership coach, trainer and writer Susan Ritchie is on a mission to help women determined to make 2019 the year they start to scale the career ladder, to achieve their ambitions. The phenomenally successful personal and professional coach, inspirational conference speaker and motivator, who lives in Lincoln, is beginning the year on a high note with the release of an exciting new book. “Strategies for Being Visible – 14 Profile-Raising Ideas for Emerging Female Leaders” – is bursting with invaluable insights, practical ideas and essential advice to help women to create their own blueprint for future success. And their mantra for success? “Be bold, don’t follow the rules and disrespectfully disrupt!” Susan’s new book follows on the heels of her self-published and highly-popular “Strategies for Being Brilliant 21 Ways to be Happy, Confident and Successful.” Unlike that self-published title, her “profile-raising” book has been published by John Hunt Publishing with the aim of Susan reaching a wider, mainstream audience. Susan decided to write the book after spending years working with talented and ambitious women who weren’t quite achieving the career success they expected. Realising that a lack of visibility and a high profile in their industries and organisations was often the cause, she set about creating a handbook of tools to remedy this. “It’s no good being your organisation’s best kept secret – people need to know about you, and what you can do. The women I worked with found it challenging to talk about their skills, talents and successes. To do so isn’t showing off, or bragging; it’s an essential business skill – for themselves and their organisations,“ she said. “More work is needed to improve the number of women to Executive Director appointments and strengthen the pipeline of women talent immediately below the board.” (Davies Report update, 2015) That’s where this book comes in. Women who want a first, or early leadership role are part of that pipeline and Susan’s book will help them to take their talent to whatever heights they choose. “Women often report that, despite their efforts, they are continually passed over for promotion, whilst less-experienced or barely qualified colleagues make progress ahead of them. I wanted to provide a handbook of practical tools to help these women to raise their profile, be seen and heard by the right people and give themselves the best chance of moving into more senior roles by...
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Be Part of a Fabulous Fashion Extravaganza!

Be a trendsetter! Make sure you snap-up a fantastic opportunity to be part of a great Spring spectacular – Lincoln Fashion Week 2019! Organiser Lincoln BIG has already got the ball rolling for this unmissable highlight in its annual calendar and now it is keen to hear from aspiring models and sponsors who want to link their name with its. The week-long extravaganza, which will have a Victorian twist,  promises to be packed with exciting events before culminating in a glittering finale catwalk show. Lincoln BIG is proud to announce that it has already “signed-up” headline sponsors – St Mark’s Retail Park and The Waterside Shopping Centre – but there are lots more opportunities for individual businesses and organisations to get on board. Why not join them? Lincoln BIG is also delighted to announce that this year’s charity partner – which will directly benefit from a portion of the grand finale ticket sales is Macmillan Cancer Support. Adults (men and women) and children, from tots to teens, who have modelled for previous Fashion Weeks have had a great time and many have fulfilled a special ambition by hitting the catwalk. Now you can too! Lincoln BIG is challenging others to put themselves forward to potentially star in this year’s exciting catwalk show, which will showcase the hottest fashions, hairstyles, make-up looks and accessories. The closing date for model applications is February 17, 2019. Anyone interested should email: Lincoln BIG events assistant at:  jacinta.peachey@lincolnbig.co.uk explaining why they would love to take part. More details of this event and a variety of sponsorship packages can be found at: www.visitlincoln.com/fashion  ...
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