Business looking to grow with ‘one-stop advice shop’

Floppy Chicken based at Crowland, which is run by husband and wife Stephen and Barbara Vanstone. Pictured is Stephen and Barbara (centre two) with team members Sean O'Hare and Janet Narracott.
Floppy Chicken based at Crowland, which is run by husband and wife Stephen and Barbara Vanstone. Pictured is Stephen and Barbara (centre two) with team members Sean O'Hare and Janet Narracott.
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A Crowland business is among the companies to have taken advantage of a new countywide service for enterprises looking to expand.

Floppy Chicken, of Queens Bank Farm, has been accessing the support of the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub.

The service was launched in June by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lincolnshire County Council to support business growth.

Described at the time as ‘a countywide one-stop advice shop’, it aims to provide a focal point for businesses seeking support.

Floppy Chicken sell galantines of poultry, prepared using an American style pit smoker, at farmers markets as hot food takeaway or whole for home cooking or via the internet.

Noreen Read, lead growth and skills adviser at the hub said the business had reached ‘saturation point’, explaining: “The birds that they can prepare/cook are selling out within a couple of hours of standing at markets.”

The hub is looking into helping them purchase a second pit smoker, increase turnover, profits and grow their business.

Barbara Vanstone, director of Floppy Chicken, said she would ‘definitely’ recommend the hub to other businesses keen to expand.

For more on the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub, visit www.businesslincolnshire.com or emailing business
lincolnshireenquiry@
lincolnshire.gov.uk