New Chair to lead local Business Club

A leading City business group has voted in a new leader, marking a fresh chapter for the Club.

There was competition for the role and voting came down to two people, with Nicola Ellwood winning the position.

Not-for-profit Lincoln Business Club has been chaired by Zoe King for three years, during which time membership has grown, stronger ties have been made between other business organisations, and charity donations have increased.

“This was an exciting opportunity for the club which was very much welcomed” said Zoe, “a fresh approach from a new chair is exciting and marks a new era for the club. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved during my time at the helm”.

Lincoln Business Club was established in 2004, and all past chairs were invited to the special event.

New Chair Nicola said “I’m really pleased to be part of a group that brings local businesses together to network and donate to local charities. It’s been a pillar of the Lincoln business community for 15 years and I’m excited to continue its hard work”.

Lincoln Business Club meets at Lincoln City Football Club on the last Friday of the month, 7am – 8.45am.

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10 things you need to know about LNER, which replaces East Coast rail

The government announced that it will terminate the franchise agreement with Stagecoach and Virgin for the East Coast Main Line later this year and will take it back into public ownership, but a new business will run it — the London North Eastern Railway (LNER).

Here are 10 things you should know about the Virgin Trains East Coast’s franchise, which will be terminated on June 24:

  1. London North Eastern Railway (LNER) will take over services immediately on the day for at least two years
  2. Trains will gradually transform to display LNER branding
  3. Tickets, timetables and train services will all stay the same even though a different operator will be in charge
  4. During the transition period you will still need to use Virgin Trains East Coast’s customer and ticket booking services
  5. All tickets bought are still valid for the dates shown on the ticket (including all season tickets and all pre-booked tickets)
  6. All tickets bought for future travel will still be valid for the dates shown on the ticket
  7. You can still buy and book tickets for future travel in the same way you do now, via the Virgin Trains East Coast website
  8. Trains will continue to run as normal and no disruption is expected as a result of the change in operator
  9. The timetable and train times scheduled are expected to remain the same under LNER
  10. People who are directly employed by Virgin Trains East Coast will transfer over to LNER

GDPR Presentation – What’s all that about?

Paul Adams provided our Educational speaker slot at February's meeting, members found it so useful we were inundated with requests to share his top 10 tips!

  1. Understand the new Rights which Data Subjects can demand
  2. Audit the types of data you hold
  3. Map the location of your data, your data flows, who has access to it and the risks
  4. Identify the lawful reasons you are processing personal information
  5. Ensure your consents are valid
  6. Review contracts and data sharing agreements with processors, partners and clients
  7. Review Privacy and Fair Collection Notices (Transparency)
  8. Ensure all reasonable ‘Technical’ and ‘Organisational’ measures are in place (due-diligence defense)
  9. Identify any new technologies and processes that might require a Perform Privacy Impact Assessment
  10. Appoint a DPO to comply with additional legal duties such as mandatory breach reporting, internal auditing, training etc.

You can also download the full presentation by clicking here.




A Letter from Network Rail:

Network Rail needs to undertake essential improvement work, these improvements are a vital aspect of our strategy to deliver a better railway for Britain.

Improvement work will be undertaken from 2 May 2017 to 27 October 2017. This work will involve the reconstruction of the life expired existing railway bridge that spans Spa Road, the River Witham and Waterside South using a large crane sited in the old power station site during days and nights:

02 May 2017 –  27 October 2017                              Monday to Saturday 07.00hrs – 17.30hrs

24 June 2016 – 22 October 2017                              Saturday 21.00hrs – Sunday 12.00 midday

04 August 2017 – 14 August 2017                           24-Hour Working to Replace Bridge

The main bridge reconstruction work will be carried in a 10-day no train period from 4 August to 14 August 2017 where 24-hour working will take place.

In order to facilitate the works traffic management in the form of lane closures and road closures will be in place on Waterside South and Spa Road at various times.  Signage will be erected locally 2-weeks in advance to provide information of planned road closures.  Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

We understand that working overnight is far from ideal, but we are obliged to work on the railway at times that cause least disruption to trains. Unfortunately this means carrying out a lot of our work at weekends or overnight.

The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but we will make every effort to minimise any unnecessary noise.  Furthermore, those working on site are briefed on working responsibly in the local community.

I hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience these essential works may cause.  However, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit or telephone our 24-Hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

240-space Lincoln car park opens at former Superbowl site – and it only costs £2 per day!

A new 240-space car park has opened on the former Superbowl site off Tritton Road in Lincoln.

The 2.7 acre car park, run by Newark-based Robin Hood Parking, is open 24 hours a day and is being run on a rolling contract until a buyer can be found.

Shoppers can park on the site for just £1 for four hours, £2 for 24 hours and £6 for an entire week.