Townscape Heritage Initiative makes progress in Gainsborough

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Work has begun this year to restore the ‘historic heart of Gainsborough’ with thanks to a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Last year, West Lindsey District Council was successful in being awarded a £1.25 million grant that will be invested as part of a major project to restore historic buildings and heritage assets in the town centre.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) will improve the standard of repair, maintenance and appearance of properties within the Town Centre Conservation Area of Gainsborough, focussing specifically on Lord Street and the Market Place.

The total investment totals £1.96 million after contributions from West Lindsey District Council as well as third party and volunteer contributions.

Jonathan Lee, Townscape Heritage Officer at West Lindsey District Council will be leading the project and has made significant progress in making contact with property owners and helping them move forward with renovation work.

He said: “Gainsborough has suffered from under-investment and progressive erosion of historic buildings’, shopfronts’ and architectural features, over many decades. With National Lottery Heritage Fund backing, third party grants are available to owners of 28 properties, enabling significant repair and maintenance, including the redevelopment of empty shops, reinstatement of some historic architectural features and enhanced maintenance to windows of flats and offices above.

“I am passionate about historic buildings and will ensure that repair and reinstatement works in Gainsborough are implemented in accordance with best practice, using appropriate traditional materials, by competent conservation contractors and will then be properly maintained by the owners”.

The project will also include a programme of activities to inform and educate the public about their historic environment. Historic research and interpretation will be undertaken by volunteers from the Gainsborough community, school and college pupils, as well as students from the University of Lincoln, all developing their enjoyment and understanding of heritage, as well as practical heritage skills.

The programme will enable those who live in, or visit Gainsborough to appreciate the fascinating diversity of heritage, encouraging enthusiasm to preserve it. A well-developed and fully costed programme of community engagement activities has been created and will be overseen by a well-qualified and highly experienced Activities Co-ordinator, Theresa Workman.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the people of Gainsborough and helping them understand the renovation work. One of my aims for this project is to be able to build a generation of people who understand the history of the town a bit better and see Gainsborough become a beautiful and attractive heritage destination”.

Theresa has also worked in Gainsborough previously as Community Engagement Officer at Gainsborough Old Hall.

She added: “I am delighted to be able to return to Gainsborough under the umbrella of the Townscape Heritage Initiative to restore the charm and grandeur of its historic heart; and to share its impressive past with the local community and the wider audience who will be inspired to visit”.

Chair of the Leisure, Culture, Events & Tourism Group and Heritage Champion at the Council, Cllr Paul Howitt-Cowan said:

“I am delighted that work is progressing on the Townscape Heritage Initiative in Gainsborough. This project will breathe new life into our old buildings and unlock the potential of Gainsborough’s heritage assets.

“The cultural and skills offer within this project will also seek to connect under-represented groups with our town’s unique and often under-appreciated heritage”.

To find out more about the team, watch the youtube video below:

This project has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players and is a five-year project expected to complete in September 2024. The project is supported by the Gainsborough Townscape Heritage Partnership with representatives from the Gainsborough Heritage Association, West Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Gainsborough Town Council, Gainsborough Place Board, University of Lincoln and the Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth’s High School.

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council visit: or follow @westlindseydc on Twitter or find us on Facebook /WestLindseyDistrictCouncil.

Photographed in the above image, from left to right, Wendy Osgodby (Senior Growth Strategy and Projects Officer), Theresa Workman (Activities Co-ordinator) and Jonathan Lee (Townscape Heritage Officer).

Grants for R&D Projects advancing solutions

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Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £6 million to support R&D projects to advance or develop solutions in service robotics for a more resilient future.

The aim is to encourage R&D investment in service robotics capabilities made in the UK.

The vision for the ISCF Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Challenge is to:

  • develop robotic solutions to make UK industries more resilient to future disruptions
  • increase productivity
  • open up new cross-disciplinary opportunities

Robotic solutions that exploit business opportunities in areas such as:

  • healthcare
  • logistics, warehousing and transportation
  • agriculture and food production
  • construction
  • ‘general-purpose’ remote working
  • robotics that can contribute towards the UK’s Net-Zero greenhouse gas commitment.

Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £75,000 and £500,000
  • start on or after 1 April 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022
  • last between 6 and 12 months

UK Businesses can apply for a grant up to £100,000 for single participants, or up to £500,000 for consortia. This is for R&D projects to advance or develop solutions in service robotics for a more resilient future in areas including agriculture.

There will also be an online briefing event on Tuesday 20 October 13.30 to 15.30.

For more information or to apply visit KTN website.

Browns department store links with another great local company!

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The independent department store Browns is the first High Street retailer to stock a new beauty and skin care range produced by local salon, Rochell Rose.

Both Browns and Rochell Rose are located at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough and a strong partnership has been formed through what has been a difficult time for both the retail and beauty industry.

Browns department stores are open in Gainsborough, Beverley and Helmsley with the flagship store in the centre of York. The Gainsborough store which has been open at the shopping centre for eight years will be the only store to stock the new range initially.

The new range is made up of a number of skincare products including a vegan self-tanning mousse, vegan coffee body scrub, facial scrub, collagen eye gel and face cream, all of which are cruelty free and 100% natural.

The products were created and produced during lock-down when all non-essential businesses were forced to shut due to COVID-19.

Salon owner, Amy Benson, used the lockdown to diversify her business and to carry out her dream of creating and launching a new beauty range that could be sold both online and through her salon once she was allowed to reopen.

During lockdown conversations began between Rochell Rose and Browns and quickly the two businesses decided to pull together and assist each other through the pandemic.

As a result, Browns have become official stockists of the full Rochell Rose range from today.

Assistant Store Manager at Browns, Jodie Pacey, said: “2020 has been a very challenging year for all businesses due to COVID-19, but particularly close contact services.

“We know Amy’s background and how hard she worked to get her salon up and running in Marshall’s Yard and we really wanted to do something to help our neighbour out. The range will add a new offer to our wonderful store and we very much look forward to offering these gorgeous products to our customers.”

Amy Benson of Rochell Rose added: “I cannot express enough my thanks to the team at Browns for believing in my product range and allowing me a platform to sell these to the shoppers in Browns. It’s amazing to see such a big well-established business helping out a tiny start up like mine and it makes you realise that with hard work and by building relationships anything really is possible.

“COVID-19 could have been truly devastating for my business, which is completely reliant on being client facing, but luckily it allowed me to speed up the launch of my products which have been in the making for over a year. We have now diversified enough to assist the salon whilst the beauty industry struggles to regain normal trading levels.”

Amy started her brow, lash and beauty business from her spare bedroom four years ago quickly growing her client base bringing on the need to have a dedicated unit to grow her business and services. The salon at Marshall’s Yard opened on the first floor of Britannia House in 2017.

Pictured: Amy Benson of Rochell Rose with Browns Assistant Store Manager Jodie Pacey at the product launch in store. 

Acis acquires Riverside Training

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LINCOLNSHIRE-based training company Riverside Training has been acquired by social housing provider Acis Group.

Acis Group, which owns and manages more than 7,000 homes across the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, has acquired the company from Stallard Kane Associates as it looks to grow its wider employability, skills and training services.

The acquisition follows years of collaborative work between Acis, Riverside Training and Stallard Kane Associates. Looking forward, Stallard Kane Associates will continue to work closely with the two parties in the years ahead as it maintains its integral role in Gainsborough’s development.

Riverside Training will remain its own entity and continue to deliver its current provision, helping people from Gainsborough and the surrounding area pick up the skills and confidence they need to progress in their personal and professional lives.

Courses include accredited qualifications, basic skills such as maths and English, arts and crafts, IT, health and wellbeing.

The courses and support on offer at Riverside Training will complement existing provision delivered by Acis, which currently runs two employability programmes helping people on their journey towards suitable, sustainable employment.

Current customers should see no disruption in the service they receive, with the acquisition resulting in no job losses and sessions still being run from Market Street in the town.

Greg Bacon, Chief Executive of Acis Group, said: “This acquisition is a key part in our plans to deliver more for the people in our communities. We have worked alongside Riverside Training for many years and jumped at the chance to play a bigger part in its future when the opportunity came up.

“Our plans for Riverside Training are the latest in our wider investment in Gainsborough – a town where we firmly have our roots. Our work to redevelop sites at Bowling Green Lane and North Parade are progressing well as we look to create opportunities for local people to stay, work and play in Gainsborough.”

Riverside Training was established in 2005 and has been managed by Stallard Kane Associates since 2016.

Faye Bevington, Training Manager at Stallard Kane, said: “We are delighted to be handing over the reins of Riverside Training to a company with such a strong community emphasis like Acis – we believe they will continue to support Gainsborough by providing quality training to people from all walks of life.

“Whilst operating under the Stallard Kane group of companies we have run over 50 different types of courses, welcomed 2,000 learners through our doors, with many securing employment, and secured thousands of pounds of funding – all to help the people of Gainsborough and the surrounding areas to improve their lives, whether it be by gaining a new qualification, learning a new skill or merely by having somewhere to meet others, have a friendly chat and, hopefully, improve their overall wellbeing.  We wish them all the best for the future and what they are going to be able to offer the people of Gainsborough who require the training and support.”

Organisations interested in working with Riverside Training, either as a delivery partner or employer looking to train its workforce or recruit new staff, can get in touch on [email protected]

For more information about courses and qualifications on offer at Riverside Training, visit

Local photographer expands business at Marshalls Yard

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Award winning Gainsborough Photographer Emma Walker has opened a new photography studio at Marshalls Yard this week.

Emma has been working from a detached home studio for the past 3 and a half years but has now outgrown the space and is expanding into a new premises at Marshalls Yard’s Pattern Store.

The new Photography Studio specialises in maternity, newborn, milestone and family portraits as well as pet portraits. There is a wide range of luxurious outfits, backdrops and props available for you to use during your portrait session.

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New Cardzone Store Opens at Marshall’s Yard

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The greeting card and gift company Cardzone has opened a new store at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough.

Cardzone opened its first shop in Sheffield in 2005 and now has more than 100 stores across the UK with the new Marshall’s Yard store the latest to open its doors to shoppers.

The brand-new store at Marshall’s Yard opened on Saturday September 19th with a special ribbon cutting with the staff who were joined by area manager Andy Hicks. The Cardzone team pride themselves on offering top brands at affordable prices.

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Snap Fitness to open new Gainsborough gym!

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The global fitness brand Snap Fitness is opening a brand-new 24-hour gym in the former DW Sports Fitness unit at Marshall’s Yard.

The Snap team are planning to launch the new gym in December and customers can register their interest in joining through the company’s website.

The new look gym is currently being fitted out with the latest state of the art fitness equipment and will house cardio and resistance areas as well as a large free weights section and spacious fitness studio with a timetable of free group classes.

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Eat Out to Help Out this August

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Get up to 50% off this August through the Governments ‘Eat Out to Help Out scheme!

The scheme is designed to give a boost to the hospitality industry and encourage a return to pubs, cafes and restaurants. The promotion gives people a discount of up to 50% when eating or drinking soft drinks in a participating restaurant or other food establishment.

It is valid all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August, in all parts of the UK that are not in a local lockdown.

The maximum discount available is £10 per person when you eat or drink in.

Here’s a list of participating establishments in Gainsborough:

For more places to eat or to register your establishment for this scheme visit the website.

Last Chance for West Lindsey Businesses to Apply for Discretionary Grant Fund

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West Lindsey District Council is urging local businesses that have not already received Government support to apply for the Discretionary Grant Fund, which will close on Friday 7 August 2020.

The fund, which was launched at the beginning of June, was designed to support those businesses who were ineligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund and who have been severely affected by COVID-19.

So far, the Council have supported 83 businesses, paying out £535,000 with a remaining £300,000 available. Currently there are 22 applications that are being assessed but there is still a significant amount of funding available for businesses.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Giles McNeill has been pleased with the number of businesses that have already come forward, but he is keen to ensure all eligible businesses get access to the funds they need.

He said: “Our teams have been working extremely hard over the last few months to ensure that businesses are getting the funding support they desperately need. If you are not sure if you are eligible, please get in touch.

“It is vital that we distribute this funding so businesses can start to recover and rejuvenate the local economy.”

Grants range from £5,000 to 25,000 and are based on three distinct categories. Businesses are advised to visit the Council’s website – to check their availability and submit an application as soon as possible. Alternatively you can discuss you eligibility with a member of the Growth team by calling 01427 676676 or emailing [email protected].

Grant funding from the first round of grants is also still available which has already paid out nearly £17million, supporting 1,470 businesses across the district. £2million from this fund still remains to be paid with 243 businesses yet to apply.

If you have been contacted by the Council regarding the Small Business Grant Fund or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, please get in touch as soon as possible so that your application can be processed.

The grants fall in to three categories:

  • Category One – Grant of £25,000: Businesses in Retail Hospitality and Leisure that were registered for business rates and in occupation of the same premises with a rateable value between £51,250 AND £79,500.
  • Category Two – Grant of £10,000: Businesses that registered for business rates and in occupation of the same premises with a rateable value between £15,001 and £49,999 are eligible for £10,000.
  • Category Three –Grant of £5,000: Businesses occupying a premises, or part of a premises with a rateable value or annual rent / mortgage paying below £51,000.

On Friday 7 August 2020 both funds will close to new applications to ensure all payments are made before the closing date of Friday 28 August.

For more information about either fund, please email [email protected]. For more information about other business support visit

Help is also at hand for businesses in need of advice and support during COVID-19. Business Lincolnshire offer free impartial advice and support and are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Call 01522 782189 or email [email protected]. Their website also offers the latest information on funding and resources for businesses affected by COVID-19. For more information visit

For the latest news on West Lindsey District Council, visit For regular updates follow @WestLindseyDC on Twitter or search West Lindsey District Council on Facebook.

Think local and support businesses!

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West Lindsey District Council is encouraging people to get behind local businesses in the district and support them where possible.

The Council is launching its ‘Think Local’ campaign to raise awareness and support those local businesses across the district that are open for business.

Covid -19 has had a huge impact on businesses nationally as many had to close due to the current lockdown. Whilst the government’s advice of only going out for essential journeys and following social distancing rules still apply, the Council is looking at ways we can all support local businesses.

More than £14 million has already been issued in the last few weeks in the form of business grants to local businesses – which was allocated by Central Government.

Officers have also worked hard to understand new legislations to ensure how businesses are able to continue to offer much needed services to residents.

Many businesses have been able to continue to operate to ensure residents are able to access the essentials. Others have been able to adapt and are able to continue to trade but in a different capacity. For examples restaurants and cafes are now offering takeaway food to meet demand and still be able to offer a service to local traders.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr Giles, McNeill said: “We want to encourage and support those businesses who are able to continue to operate safely in a bid to support our local economy.

“Our Think Local campaign is aimed at raising awareness of what is available in local communities by showcasing businesses that are open, what they are doing and encourage people to consider using them for their essentials. This can be anything from community shops, farms selling produce and newly created takeaway services.

“It is incredibly important that we utilise our local businesses who will need our support more than ever. This will support the local economy and help our communities to prosper. Changing our shopping habits is more than just a trend, it’s a lifestyle choice and something we can do together.”

Jo Parsons runs the Salutation Inn, Nettleton and in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, she has set up a community shop in her pub selling essential items to support those in need.

She has backed the Council’s campaign and is urging local people to do what they can to support local businesses where possible within the governments guidelines.

Jo said: “We sell items at cost and do not make a profit. The shop operates on a call and collect service with designated collection times to ensure social distancing.”

Jo is also supporting local businesses in the area and have teamed up with their local veg supplier and butcher. You can order from the Salutation Inn and then boxes are made up and can be picked up or delivered on a weekly basis.

In addition to this the pub is also operating a call and collect takeaway service. The menu changes weekly and can be viewed on their Facebook page or can be emailed upon request. If you fancy a treat, you can also pre-order real ale, which would give you the real pub feel.  Delivery is available for Nettleton residents only. This may change so keep an eye on their Facebook page for regular updates.

The Salutation Inn is part of the community of Nettleton and they act as a hub for the Nettleton Neighbours volunteer group. The group was set up on Facebook to support anyone during COVID-19. Whether you need help picking up your prescriptions or shopping, help is available when you need it. Visit their Facebook group to find out more.

The Council is compiling a list of businesses across the district who are open for business on its website. If you are a business still operating in the district then please let us know by filling out an online form –

Please remember that you if you are open and trading to the public businesses must be adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The Council will also be using its social media accounts to feature case studies from around the district to raise awareness of what is available.

Business advice and support is available for any business via Business Lincolnshire’s COVID-19 support phone line. Advisors are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Call 01522 782189. You can also visit their business support hub online at