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Lincolnshire Business Week
brought to you bythe Lincolnite
Issue 6 • May 14th, 2012

New Lincoln Offices
Dinner with a side of iPad

A Lincoln restaurant has worked with a Lincolnshire company to swap its menu with tablet computers. The system replaces pen and paper for service with Apple iPads, and also manages every aspect of the operations at The Jew’s House restaurant on The Strait in Lincoln.
     Mediademon, based at The Terrace in the city and in Kirmington, Lincolnshire, has been working with Jew’s House for over two years to perfect the system called Halo for Restaurants. Restaurant manager Samantha Tomkins said: “It’s not just an ordering system. If the chef and staff are the heart and a brain of the restaurant, Halo is the nervous system. We’ve replaced pens and paper with iPads which are all we need for service: taking and sending orders, taking payments, communicating with everyone – front of house, kitchen, and office. Not only that, the chefs never complain that they can’t read our writing.”
     Theresa Salisbury, Mediademon’s Commercial Manager, said The Jews House staff helped them shape Halo: “They have helped us design it so that it can be tailored to suit any restaurant /hospitality operation. We have even included language translation.”
     Halo for Restaurants enables restaurants to manage every aspect of their operations, from front of house to bookings, website integration, customer relationship management, stock control, and financial reporting.

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  • Neil Sparling joined Linwave Technology in Lincoln as their Technical Director. He has spent significant time on design of components and systems for microwave applications, and most recently as Programes Director at a world leading EW specialist.
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  • Starbucks Lincoln - Holiday Inn
    New Starbucks creates 8 jobs

    A new Starbucks has been opened in Lincoln, creating eight new jobs in the city. The new coffee shop will be the third Starbucks in the city, situated on Brayford Wharf North within the Holiday Inn hotel. 
         The opening is part of the hotel’s £1 million renovation plans, which included revamping the rooms and public areas. The shop will be open from 7.30am until 6pm Monday to Friday, in addition to opening during weekends. There is seating inside and outside, but work to the main seating area will be finished later this week.

    Butlins Skegness
    £13m Skegness splash

    Butlins holiday park will undergo a revamp to improve attractions for new and returning visitors. The money will be spent on expanding the water park in Skegness and adding attractions like a whirlpool, wave simulator, water slides and flume tower.
         Around 100 jobs will be created in order to build the expansion, plus more lifeguards will be needed to manage the park. Resort director Chris Baron said: "You can never stand still in an industry like this, you have to continue to invest."

    Running Imp
    Diamond Jubilee boost

    A medal and merchandise company from Lincoln has seen a record increase in sales this year thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Running Imp has already past the £1 million sales mark since releasing its 2012 range geared towards the Diamond Jubilee. 
         This is a 42% rise on when the company served the Golden Jubilee in 2002. Due to the increased demand in its services, Running Imp has also moved into bigger premises and created 30 new jobs to keep operations moving around the clock.

    Clinton Cards
    Clinton Cards in administration

    A number of jobs across Lincolnshire could be at risk as Clinton Cards went into administration. The card retailer has 600 stores across the country, with six in Lincolnshire: two in Lincoln, and units in Gainsborough, Scunthorpe, Louth and Grantham. 
         While administrators are hoping to keep the stores running as normal until a buyer is found, a number of shops may face closure. The group was forced to enter administration as American Greetings requested the card retailer to repay a loan, which it could not pay back.

    Green with a Leaf

    A construction company in Lincoln has gone greener by buying an electric car for staff. Lindum’s Nissan Leaf requires no fuel to run and will travel 90 miles on a full charge, so will be used for employees going on short distance business meetings. The company’s solar panels will charge it.

    Kapil Care
    Applications surge at care home

    A retirement home has received over 400 applications for 20 jobs for its new property in Scunthorpe. Kapil Care Homes received large volumes of calls after people found out about the vacancies for the new home at Balmoral House. After just two weeks of advertising, the vacancies had to be removed. The home is expected to be complete in July.

    Kerry Group
    Fresh start for business training

    Lincoln College has rebranded its business training school. Aspire will bring together the former Business Development Centre and employer responsive delivery teams, which work with over 1,000 businesses in the region to deliver bespoke courses and apprenticeships.

    Lava PR
    Community PR for Scunthorpe hotel

    Lincoln based Lava PR have been hired to offer PR support to Forest Pine Hotel and golf resort near Scunthorpe, focusing on the community. The hotel is owned by national chain QHotels, who requested Lava to help locals consider the hotel for their next event or leisure activity. The hotel offers 27-hole golf facility, conference centre, 188 bedrooms and a spa.

    Bishop Grosseteste University College
    3rd Lincoln cinema

    Lincoln will soon have three cinemas, thanks to Bishop Grosseteste University College. The university plans to convert Bishop Greaves Theatre into a 230-seat cinema, costing £75,000. It will be named The Venue, joining Lincoln's Odeon, which recently lowered its prices, and the upcoming Ritz cinema.

    Lincoln to Ukraine for Euro 2012

    Lincoln internet marketing company Promodo will be revamping an airport’s website in preparation for the Euro 2012 football tournament. Kharkiv Osnova International Airport in Ukraine is expecting an increase in passengers due to Kharkiv hosting three of the games. Promodo will redesign the website and offer translated pages.

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