Town to show off its business success stories

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A two-day event to showcase the quality and diversity of products and services produced, designed and manufactured in Sleaford is to be held.

The town’s first Made in Sleaford exhibition is to be held this autumn.

Dates have been set as Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, for the event, which will be based in and around Navigation Wharf, the National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) and Eastgate Green.

It is being organised by North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) and is designed to celebrate the town’s products and services as well as promote awareness of local employment opportunities.

Sleaford-based businesses can exhibit in the ground floor display area in the NCCD and in a special marquee in Eastgate Green.

Businesses will, in addition, be invited to a free networking reception on the Friday evening.

Friday will also see schools given a chance to find out more about the history of manufacturing in the town, as well as participate in a Bloodhound SSC engineering challenge by Sleaford-based businesses SHD Composites and Butler Electrical Contractors.

A manufacturing and industrial heritage ‘Mint to Maltings’ tour is planned in conjunction with Sleafordian Coaches and will include a number of important heritage sites in the town, including the Romano British Mint and Bass Maltings.

The exhibition will also feature items and artefacts from Sleaford’s manufacturing history, including two iconic caravans from the Carlight Heritage Collection.

Saturday will see the exhibition open to the general public with demonstrations, tasting sessions and a chance to enjoy the heritage tour.

District council leader Coun Marion Brighton said: “Made in Sleaford is Sleaford’s chance to showcase what it does, what employment openings there are and the opportunities available for both businesses and the general public to see what is made close to home.”

Further details about the event will emerge in the coming weeks.