We now know who our finalists for the 2019 East Lindsey Business Awards are and for the next few weeks we’re taking a closer look at some of the business who’ll be hoping to be crowned winners.

This week we’re catching up with the finalists for the Employer of the Year Award – Hunts Coaches, Safelincs Ltd and Smartie Pants Day Nursery.

Alford-based Hunts Coaches (pictured at the 2018 awards) are a family run business, heading toward their ninth decade of operating. Their application made clear how valued their staff are and how committed they were to developing and rewarding their team. Lindsey Linder from Hunts Coaches said: “Hunts Coaches are delighted to be a finalist in the East Lindsey Business Awards for Employer of the Year. We are a family business with People at the heart of everything we do. Taking People to Places. It is great to be recognised as a transport business that creates a positive and supportive work environment with a real commitment to the welfare of its extended family.”

Group of people outside an office building with the Safelincs Fire and Safety Solutions logo at the bottom

Safelincs Ltd, also based at Alford, showed in their application how they operate a range of staff initiatives, including programmes around wellbeing and activities to keep staff engaged, such as regular team outings. All this contributes to their efforts to ensure staff feel valued and rewarded. A spokesperson for Safelincs said: “We are proud to be shortlisted for Employer of the Year award. Safelincs invests time, trust and belief in each staff member, which leads to growth and success for our company and employees alike.’”

Building with dark triangular roof and purple signage saying Smartie Pants Day Nursery

Smartie Pants Day Nursery from Mablethorpe were praised for their established track record of staff development. The business showed their commitment to developing young workers, taking on a number of apprentices over the years and either retaining them in permanent posts or supporting them to achieve even higher qualifications. Sarah Fenton from Smartie Pants Day Nursery said: “We are so proud to be finalists for this award. We work exceptionally hard as a team in an ever changing sector with legislation and regulations a plenty. It's not an easy business to be in and passion keeps us all going and to have that passion recognised is wonderful. We are proud of every team member, from our apprentices to management, without any team member this wouldn't work.”

Our winner for Employer of the Year and all our other categories will be announced at the Awards evening on 27th September at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. Tickets for the event are available to purchase from: www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/east-lindsey-business-awards-2019

Sponsorship packages for the East Lindsey Business Awards are still available and businesses looking to get involved as a sponsor should go to: www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ELBASponsorship for more information.