Select Lincolnshire Members Meeting

Stokes Lawn Cafe

Thursday 7th June 2018

Attendees:

Justin Pover – Select Lincolnshire

Rachel Garner – Select Lincolnshire

Claire Brown – Lincolnshire Brewing Company

Karl Brown -  Lincolnshire Brewing Company

Erika Grinstead – Lymn Bank Cheese

Amy Wallis – Market inn Hospitality

Sam Owen – Salted Orange Food Co.

Ellen Kelman – Lincoln Castle

Laura Fisher – Stokes Lawn Café

Caroline Gollin – Riseholme College

John Carlisle – Lincoln Tea & Coffee Company

Jack Green – Dunholme Chillies

Katrina Burrill – KM Media

Angela Stuart – Ideal Lincs

Judy Lyons – Lincolnshire Co-op

Kitty Hamilton – Well Vale Ltd

Sherry Forbes – Manor House Stables

Simone Scaman – Scaman’s Eggs

Tony Wallis – The Cross Keys

Amanda Dauber – The Little Flapjack Kitchen

 

Apologies:

 

Matt Thompson – Lincoln University

Robin Dennett – Dennett’s Ice Cream

Kirsty Raywood – LIVES

  1. Welcome and Introductions

All members introduced themselves and their businesses to one another.

Informed Select members that Rachel Garner will be taking over the management of Select Lincolnshire going forward. Gillian Richardson has moved into a marketing role within the Chamber therefore, Rachel will be the main point of contact for Select Lincolnshire members in the future. Rachel has a hospitality & catering background, managing hotels and restaurants in the past. Rachel is excited about taking on Select Lincolnshire as a project and looks forward to working closer with our members to develop and improve membership.

 

  1. Notes from last meeting

Some members request for minutes from the last meeting to be resent. RG will action this to those who requested.

 

  1. Events

Lincoln Castle, Christmas Emporium - Ellen Kelman

Ellen informed members about the Christmas Emporium at the Lincoln Castle from 15th December – 22nd December 2018. The Castle are looking for stall holders to take up a spot for the week. Ellen will look into the possibility of Select member receiving a discount on the cost of a stall. For any further info or to submit your completed application form please contact [email protected]

 

Lincolnshire Hospitality Conference – Sam Owen, Salted Orange Food Co.

Monday 30th July, 9am-12.30pm at The Showroom, Tritton Road.

The event is to invite food, drink & hospitality businesses to join together to exhibit and network in the same space. The idea is to connect businesses in the sector and inspire people to start their new business within the hospitality industry.

Select Lincolnshire are sponsors of the event.

Please email Sam [email protected] for more info.

Chamber Events

A reminder that all Select Lincolnshire members can attend Lincs Chamber events at members rates. See the link below for all events listings:

https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Pages/Events/Category/chamber-events?Take=18

 

Visit England Awards

Just to inform Select Lincolnshire members about the 2019 Visit England Awards. Details will be launched by July 2018 and we will inform members of further details when available. We want to encourage Select members to enter and will try to adapt the Select Lincolnshire awards to fit with Visit England so that the application process can be streamlined.

Lincolnshire Day, 1st October 2018

Rachel asked if any of our members are doing anything for Lincolnshire Day and if so we will help to support and promote their activities.

Sherry Forbes from Manor House Stables is doing a Baking Class/Workshop, teaching Lincolnshire recipes.

Jack Green from Dunholme Chillies is making a Lincolnshire Chilli Oil using local rape seed oil.

Claire from Lincolnshire Brewing Company are creating a display of Lincolnshire produce in their shop “The Crafty Bottle” on the Strait. Please let Claire know if anyone would like to display their products over this period. [email protected] 

Please send us any information on activities you are planning to

[email protected]

 

Supplier Event – Judy Lyons, Lincs Co-op & Angela Stuart, Ideal Lincs

Similar events to Sam’s but more of a meet the buyer style. Suggestion for September time and potentially being held at Stokes. Discussed would 5.30pm in the evening be best or potentially a breakfast event. When we have further information on the event itself, we will send out to Select members to arrange their involvement.

 

From Field to Fork – Caroline Gollin, Riseholme College

17th July 2018, 10.30am-2pm at the Epic Centre. Select Lincolnshire supporting this event. Approx 25 exhibitors, free to exhibit.

Careers fair for 14-16 year olds. Schools invited along to educate young people on the careers available within food & farming in Lincolnshire.

[email protected]

 

Select Lincolnshire Awards

Tuesday 9th October 2018, 7pm – Lincoln Minster School.

Select Lincolnshire have listened to feedback from members and are improving the application process for this year’s awards. Applications will be open from the end of June. We will send out an email informing members of this when available.

Sponsorship opportunities available also.

 

  1. PR & Marketing

KM Media, Good Taste Lincolnshire Magazine – Katrina Burrill.

Next issue will be mid-September, 30,000 copies. Request for articles, recipes, new stories, adverts, advise pieces. Deadline for content is 14th August. 

Chamber Matters – August Edition

The theme of the August edition of Chamber Business Matters magazine is Food, Farming & Select Lincolnshire. The magazine is issued within the Business supplement of the Lincolnshire Echo and has a readership of 105,000 across the county.

Opportunities for advertising space starts at £80+vat.

Free editorial space for members. Select Lincolnshire will send out a reminder to all Select members Please send any news pieces or adverts you’d like to book in by 5th July 2018 to Rachel. [email protected]

 

Social Media

Just a reminder to tag us in any of your posts on social media. This way we will see it and retweet, re-post etc.

Also, the Select members closed facebook group only has 30 members in. Please search and invite yourself in, we will then approve, and you can utilise this to connect with other members.

We will start adding the minutes to the FB members group, easily readable and accessible for members.

Members discussed the idea of a social media session to train businesses how to take good quality pictures of their own. Rachel discussing with Amy Wallis, Market inn Hospitality and also Riseholme College.

Twitter: @lovefoodlincs

Facebook: LoveFoodSelectLincolnshire

Insatgram: @lovefoodlincs

 

Amy Wallis – Market inn Hospitality

Amy introduced herself to the Select members. Market inn Hospitality is a Hospitality Marketing Agency and Amy is happy to work with Select Lincolnshire members to promote their businesses. [email protected]

 

Spotlight Table

At Commerce House, we have a table in the reception area which can be hired by businesses for a week for only £10. We call it our “Spotlight Table”. Businesses can leave flyers, roller banners and even products to sell. We have 15 businesses who are tenants in our building plus 2 meetings rooms that are booked out by external companies each week. This means that there is a lot of footfall in our reception area making it a great opportunity to promote your business. Contact Rachel for more info or to book. [email protected]

 

  1. Lincolnshire Show and Food & Gift Fair

We will have a Select Lincolnshire stall in the food court. We will support any members who would like us to with social media etc.

Don’t forget your Select Lincolnshire branding for your stalls and don’t forget Select members receive a discount on the cost of a trade stand.

 

  1. C4G grant scheme and training workshops

Justin explained about our C4G grant scheme.

Lincs Chamber hosting 12 hours support workshops for SMEs. For more info contact Rachel [email protected] or see https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/news/funding-and-support-for-lincolnshire-businesses

 

  1. AOB

Justin discussed Lincolnshire Cook Books that we have at Select Lincs HQ. They are £8.50 to buy from us with a mark-up and RRP set at £15. If any members would like any cook books to stock in their stores/ on their websites etc. let us know and we can provide you with some.

 

Some members raised that they don’t think the right person within their business is receiving communications from Select Lincolnshire. If you think that this is the case with your business, please do let me know and I can easily update your contact details and communications preferences to ensure that you’re getting all of the right info from us.

 

  1. Future Dates and Venues.

Feedback from members was that the format of the forum is good. Members liked the idea of moving them around and visiting different businesses. Better communication needed on the website event listing to communicate that the format is meeting style.

 

  1. The next meetings will be:

Thursday 13th September 2018 – Riseholme College, Riseholme, Lincoln, LN2 2LG

Thursday 1st November 2018 – Lincolnshire Brewing Company, The George, 15 Main Road, Langworth, LN3 5BJ