SBC19 – Poor Performance – don’t let it stagnate

Andrew Tomlinson is Head of the HR Department at Nicholsons and will be talking about poor performance at this year’s Small Business Conference.

Burying your head in the sand will not help a small business deal with the issue of a poor performing employee, this can be a drain on the business and will de-motivate other employees.  Andy will help guide you through this complex arena allowing you to address the issue rather than letting it stagnate.

If you want to hear how Andy deals with poor performance issues, then book a place at our Small Business Conference today…

Book your place at Nicholsons Small Business Conference today – Eventbrite


Fifth successful farming forum for Nicholsons


Over 140 people attended a Farming Forum at Market Rasen Racecourse last Thursday. The Forum which is held bi-annually was sponsored by Nicholsons Chartered Accountants and Perkins George Mawer & Co and is in its 10th year.

Mike Perkins from Perkins George Mawer & Co opened the Forum by welcoming everyone. He also introduced the speakers who are all experts in the field of agriculture.

The organisers of the Forum were delighted to have secured keynote speaker, Jonathan Gill from Harper Adams University. Jonathan gave a most up to date and inspiring talk about his experience of being part of the Hands Free Hectare team, which this year successfully drilled, tended and harvested a crop without operators in the driving seats of the vehicles or agronomists on the ground. Jonathan is a qualified robotic engineer with 10 years of experience specialising in mechatronic systems.

Nick Sharp from Perkins George Mawer & Co was the first to take the stage.  Nick spoke about the affects Brexit would have on the agriculture sector when the UK leaves the EU.  He also looked at the pros and cons of the UK leaving the EU with and without a deal. Elton Moulds also from Perkins George Mawer & Co gave an update on the rural grant system and applications.

Catchment sensitive farming was the subject for Phil Gibson from Natural England. Speaking about managing pollution, soil husbandry and drainage to help improve the water quality gave Phil the opportunity to highlight the advice available to manage these areas. He also gave an update on Countryside Stewardship, looking at what’s new and changing within the regulations.

The legal aspect was covered by agriculture specialist Catherine Harris from Wilkin Chapman. Catherine’s talk included protecting the family and assets, partnership and tenancy agreements and landownership. She also emphasised the importance of lifetime gifts.

Over coffee delegates had the chance to chat to other businesses and the trade stands supporting the event.

Richard Grayson from Nicholsons took to the stage for the penultimate presentation before handing over to Jonathan Gill. Richard spoke about Making Tax Digital and the timeframes as well as the recent and upcoming tax changes.

The Forum came to a close at 1pm when lunch was served.

SBC19 – Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace – how does this impact on your business


Rachel Linstead from Firecracker

Rachel is going to talk about Health and Wellbeing in the workplace and what impact this can have on a business.  She will talk about implementing a culture where employees feel safe and are respected, and how introducing this culture can increase morale and productivity.

If you want to know how your business can implement this culture for your employees, then come along to our Small Business Conference to hear what Rachel has to say – book your place today.

Rachel is also running a Lincolnshire Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference on the 14th May.










Success sees Small Business Conference return – 7th March

Photo from our 2018 Small Business Conference

To book your place please click on the following link.

Following on from the success of our 2018 Small Business Conference, we are now delighted to announce that preparations are well underway for our 2019 Business Conference – Thursday 7th March at the Lincoln Drill Hall.

This year’s conference is all about ‘People’ – a key element to all our businesses.

Our host on the day is Richard Askam. He is an Internationally renowned freelance speaker & writer on the topic of engagement and the lost art of conversation. Having created the online ShareaCoke campaign in Europe in 2014 – he now speaks to audiences all over the world about the possibilities that this style of direct engagement with consumers opens up for future generations. His recent events have seen him speak in the UK, Europe & USA for HP, Xerox, Canon and finally at the recent TEDx event in Lincoln, which points to his level of experience as a speaker. He is an experienced event host and has a knack of making the subject matter very enjoyable and as a result gets high votes from audiences, he was voted No 1 speaker at Hewlett-Packard’s Americas conference in Phoenix in 2018 out of 130 other speakers, so he comes highly recommended.

The morning will start at 8am with a light breakfast and an opportunity to network and visit the stands. Seats will be taken at 8.45am and the event will begin.  There will be a break for tea/coffee, the event will come to a close at 1pm.

Our team of expert speakers will cover the following topics;

Glen Foster from XERO – What are the challenges that SME’s have to face.

Richard Hallsworth from Nicholsons Chartered Accountants – Digitalise finance functions

Michael Squirrell and Oliver Tasker – Wilkin Chapman

Standfirst: For the UK’s most talented professionals, the world is often their oyster. So, what can businesses in our rural areas do to make sure their valued employees want to stay and share in their success? Wilkin Chapman Partners and experts in their respective fields, Michael Squirrell and Oliver Tasker look at the options in more detail.

Social Media – Knapton Wright

Alex will go through the concept of good communication within a business, and with external contacts. Relationships are key to any business, so how can you use social media to help strengthen existing relationships as well as developing new ones.

Chris Pickles from F1 Group – A Hyper-effective business for the time poor.

Ever wanted to do tasks quicker with less resource? Would that drive profit into your business or allow you to do something more meaningful with your life when you get home?

Well…you could make your business hyper-efficient by automating workflows, removing administration and using electronic filing.

Looking tirelessly at reports looking for anomalies and trends? why not let the system contact you when there is something for you to look at instead having to go through the chaff.

Still, spend hours travelling each day….with modern tools can now interact with your customers and your business information from any location, at any time on almost any device.

I’m happy for you if you live to work and enjoy burning your hard earned cash, you earned it…. but if you want to become a Hyper-Effective Hyper-Efficient business, we need to talk….

Rachel Linstead from Firecracker

Rachel is going to talk about Health and Wellbeing in the workplace and what impact this can have on a business focusing on the food eaten by employees during the working day and how their choices can impact their mood, productivity & team working!!

Anthony Bryant from  Barclays

How does fraud affect a business and what can be done to protect it? Anthony is on a mission to educate all small businesses to help protect them from being caught up in cyber-crime and fraud, which is on the increase.

Andrew Tomlinson from Nicholsons HR Department

Burying your head in the sand will not help a small business deal with the issue of a poor performing employee, this can be a drain on the business and other employees. Andy will guide you through this complex arena allowing you to address the issue rather than letting it stagnate.

The event is free to attend.

There will also be a range of business stands, where you will be able to discuss any particular business requirements you may have.

DBS Internet Marketing, Optimum Health and Safety, Federation of Small Businesses, Lincoln College, Reflect Recruitment, Lincoln College


Senior accountant joins team Nicholsons

Nicholsons Chartered Accountants is delighted to welcome Ryan Ward to the team based at the firm’s Lincoln office. Ryan’s role within the team is as a Senior Accountant.

Ryan join a local accountancy firm as a junior in his home town of Doncaster in 2006. There he did his training and became a Semi-Senior Accountant. In 2015 he moved to a firm in Leeds to continue with his studies and was appointed to a Senior Accountant. At present Ryan is studying for his ACCA qualification which he hopes to finish by 2022.

Ryan moved from Doncaster to Lincoln earlier this year and is enjoying living in the City with his partner and family. In his spare time, he likes to watch as well as participate in motor racing, he enjoys gardening, playing snooker, pool & darts and finds that these days he is happier watching football then playing the game.


Crisp packets galore – help raise money for Charity

Nicholsons is pleased to announce that they have registered for the Walkers Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme and have been successful in becoming a public drop of point. Walkers and TerraCycle have teamed up to create this free recycling scheme which accepts all brands of empty crisp packets.

Not only does the recycling scheme help minimise the impact on the environment, but it also has an added benefit in helping to support local good causes. With approximately half a billion packets of crisps consumed every day in the UK, there’s plenty of recycling to do.

Linda Clark, Marketing Manager at Nicholsons says “Not only do we want this to be an at home initiative, we also want to get as many businesses involved in the scheme as possible. Just remember the impact these bags can have on our environment, as well as helping to raise money for Charity.”

To support this initiative all you have to do is to collect all your empty crisp packets both at home and in your work place. Simply drop them off at Nicholsons’ office at The Point on Weaver Road, Lincoln, LN6 3QN or call Linda on 01522 815100.  The empty packets will be sent in two kilo batches to TerraCycle.  Each batch will earn points, which in turn will be converted into money and automatically donated to the firm’s registered Charity, St Barnabas Hospice – so start collecting today!

‘People’ is the theme of our 2019 Small Business Conference

Following on from the success of the 2018 Small Business Conference, small business owners and managers are again invited to join Nicholsons Chartered Accountants at their 2019 Small Business Conference which will be held on Thursday 7th March at the Drill Hall in Lincoln.  This year’s theme is all about people and business growth.

Nicholsons is pleased to have secured the internationally renowned freelance speaker and writer, Richard Askam to host the event. Richard writes on the topic of engagement and the art of lost conversation. Small business software technology company XERO will also be attending the conference and will talk about the challenges they see for SME’s.

There are many challenges that businesses have to face these days, it is not always easy to know where to turn and who to turn to; Nicholsons is bringing together a number of business specialises who will be able to help and advise small business owners and managers on key topics that are a concern for them. These will range from business planning, legal issues, performance and retaining staff, cyber security, marketing, social media, technology, efficiency through processes and health & wellbeing, all factors that need to be considered when running a successful business.

Supporting our speakers and topics are a number of stands who will also be able to offer help and advice to delegates with any issues they have in specific area.

Places are free of charge and bookings can be made through Eventbrite  or for more information, please call Linda on 01522 815100 or email






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