‘Inspirational’ leader signs up for awards day

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative and a guest speaker at South Holland Enterprise Day and Business Awards.
Ursula Lidbetter MBE, chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative and a guest speaker at South Holland Enterprise Day and Business Awards.
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South Holland Enterprise Day and Business Awards organisers are celebrating a major coup with one of Lincolnshire’s leading business figures set to attend the event.

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative since 2004, will be one of the guest speakers at the event to be held at Springfields Events and Conference Centre on November 20.

Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce members, hosts of the event, are hoping at least 250 businesses will be represented on a day that will also include trade exhibitors, a networking buffet lunch and six awards to be presented to some of South Holland’s most outstanding firms.

Chamber secretary David Norton said: “Ursula is certainly a leader in the business community and we’re very pleased to match up our event with her diary.

“It’s important to say that she’s very interested in chamber activities and is very keen to ensure that the economic prospects of the county, and in this instance the south of the county, are registered and reflected as far as possible within the circles that she moves in.”

Ursula was born in Lincoln and went to Hull University where she gained a degree in operational research and management.

She joined Lincolnshire Co-operative in 1985 and as chief executive, she runs a society with about 200,000 members.

In 2012, Urusla was awarded an MBE for services to business and she is currently chairman of both Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Spalding chamber president Phil Scarlett said: “We’re providing a wonderful opportunity to hear Ursula who is such an inspirational speaker, with a tremendous knowledge of business in Lincolnshire and experience of running a multi-million pound business.”