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Carol Hill at Setfords Law – How has your Business Survived the Pandemic

Today’s interview is with Carol Hill – she is an independent family lawyer working with Setfords Solicitors.

I asked Carol to tell us more about what she does – As a family lawyer I deal with married and unmarried families advising and assisting on separation, divorce, financial matters and children issues.  I also prepare living together agreements and Pre-nuptial Agreements for those who want take care of their fina

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

ncial affairs before they enter into a relationship.

When asked did your business change during the lockdown? Carol said – My business has survived the pandemic.  I work from home, so things did not change for me workwise.  I had a lot of existing work which has continued and there have been some cases where court action has been required due to covid-19 issues and contact with children.

I have always offered telephone calls or Facetime or Whatsapp meetings with clients so just because I have been unable to meet up face to face, it has not prevented me from being in touch with people.

I have learnt how to use Zoom during the pandemic and will be able to use it with my clients to meet up in the future if they wish.

I try to embrace new technology as it will always benefit my business in some way and zoom is just another thing that I can do.  I am not sure if anyone will want to zoom once we can all meet up face to face as I think we are all getting “zoomed out” now.

I asked Carol what she had learned about herself during this time – I have learned that I must stop and take breaks during the day.  There are no holidays where I have been able to take time off or long weekends away which my husband and I used to enjoy so it is important that I take time each week to re-charge the batteries.

Finally I asked what the plans for the future were – I am really looking forward to life going back to normal and to be able to meet my clients over a coffee or tea to talk about their problems.  I like face to face meetings and miss them.  There is nothing like being able to speak to someone about your own matter and getting personalised advice.  You can learn a lot over the internet but its never tailored to your specific circumstances.

You can contact Carol Hill on her mobile 07977 125451 or email  You can leave her a message on Facebook Carol Hill at Setfords Law and she will get back to you as soon as possible.  Carol offers a free initial appointment during which you can discuss your situation and explore options.

Lockdown Sees New Business Launch in Northamptonshire

A Northamptonshire businesswoman has used the COVID-19 lockdown to rethink, reshape and launch a new business.


Tamara Holland, based in Mawsley, Northamptonshire, has officially launched her new marketing business Dot & Stripe last month.

Dot & Stripe - Tamara Holland

Dot & Stripe – Tamara Holland

Tamara said: “I had been doing some freelance marketing work for a leading children’s franchise for some time, which I could easily fit around the family. But I knew that I needed to take my knowledge and passion for helping small businesses with their marketing further.


“I did ask myself ‘Who sets up a business in a global pandemic and lockdown?’ But being based at home has allowed me the time to focus on getting my business set up. Online networking has allowed me to easily connect with other businesses and this has inspired me to be creative and launch my company.”


Tamara, who has juggled her lockdown start-up with family life, added: “Now more than ever, small businesses need to filter what marketing will bring them the most value, and most of the time they just need to understand the basic but essential aspects to help grow their business and that’s where I can help.”


Dot & Stripe provides straightforward and jargon-free marketing support to start-ups and small businesses, through online (and eventually face to face) workshops on several marketing topics such as content marketing such as blogging and social media and marketing tools like Canva, email marketing, and social media scheduling.


Tamara has also joined fellow Northamptonshire company Pilkington Communications, which specialises in PR and social media.


Jessica Pilkington, Director of Pilkington Communications, said: “Tamara’s creative and dedicated approach is a perfect fit with all we do – supporting and promoting businesses, not just during the coronavirus crisis but also as we move forward, post lockdown, to enable  businesses throughout the UK to strive to survive, expand and thrive. We are delighted to welcome her on board and also wish her well with her own business launch.”

Thrapston Sailing Lake – Permissible Footpath NOT a Public Footpath

Signs have appeared on MNSC land saying ‘NO CYLCING’ so Nene Local Magazine went to cycling thrapston lake

We met someone from the club who was putting up the Blue Green Algae signs (See Welcome to  Thrapston Facebook page for more on this)  and I asked him about the signs about cycling, as we’d been messaged about them overnight.

I can confirm that at the moment there is to be NO cycling round the lake.  You cannot go all the way round, but can get to Bobs Bench fence in a clockwise direction or to the Oundle end of the lake using the town walk going anticlockwise.

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The footpath is too narrow for cyclists to pass at a safe distance, and with more walkers out and about there have been a few near misses with cyclists going perhaps quicker round the lake than they really should.

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no cycling thrapston lake

Walkers naturally go at a slower pace and can wait in wider areas for others to pass.

The signs are clear – no cycling all the way round the lake at this present time.

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As we’ve said before, the lake and most of its footpaths are privately owned by MNSC, please respect ALL their rules.

The path is not a public right of way, the path is a permissible footpath – MNSC give us all their permission to use it.  For that, the majority of residents are extremely grateful and look after the area.

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Lackof respect –  Shocking use of private land

The Sailing Club volunteers are having to pick up more litter, clean up after picnics and BBQs.  The grassy bays around the lake are for club members for fishing.

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These rules have been in place for years

If we all behave respectfully, they will let us continue to enjoy the area for many years to come.

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Followthe rules on this private property and we all get to keep using it.

Enterprise Centre East Northants Celebrates Major Milestone

Construction on the flagship Enterprise Centre East Northants has been underway since summer 2019, and this week East Northamptonshire Council celebrated a major milestone – officially receiving the keys to the centre.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North and Chairman of the Enterprise Centre Working Party, Cllr Glenvil Greenwood-Smith, marked this moment at the site on Monday (8 June) with representatives from ASHE construction, SEMLEP and BizSpace attending a handover the key ceremony.


Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said:

“We have been working with our partners to deliver this flagship project since last summer, and we are delighted to see the hard work of all those involved come to fruition as we celebrate this major milestone.


“We would like to thank ASHE for all their hard work as we officially receive the keys for the buildings and transfer the day to day operation to BizSpace.


“We look forward to opening the centre this summer, and working with local enterprises over the coming  years to not only succeed in their fields, but to also lead and drive economic recovery across our district.”


Business Development Director at ASHE Construction, Andrew Morris, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the realisation of this fantastic project. Now, more than ever, flexible workspaces such as these will offer start ups and established companies environments in which they can grow and work differently.

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“Whilst new businesses might see this as a first step into an office/workshop environment, more established businesses may see these premises as an opportunity to maximise their new ways of flexible working between employees homes and an established office set up. Whoever they maybe these buildings offer the very best accommodation in which they can nurture and grow their operations.”


Lucinda Young, SEMLEP Local Growth Fund Manager said “Enterprise Centre East Northants will undoubtedly have an important role in helping local businesses to grasp opportunities as we respond to current economic challenges.


“Having worked so closely to the team delivering the Centre, I’m really proud to be here today celebrating this important milestone with them.”


Khalid Aziz, Marketing Director at BizSpace, said: “SMEs make an important contribution to the economy of East Northamptonshire and the Enterprise Centre marks a significant step for the area. These uncertain times emphasise the need for flexible workspace and this centre can accommodate the region’s SMEs and entrepreneurs as they sculpt their businesses to a new working culture, in a safe and secure space.”


ASHE construction has been constructing the offices and studios, completing the project on the 2 June whilst continuing to work safely throughout the pandemic following government guidance and carrying out regular risk assessments. ENC is working with Total Project Integration (TPI) and R H Partnership Architects to deliver the £8 million project. ENC, which is funding the project, received £1.695 million support from the SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund in order to deliver the centre as part of Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic plan for sustainable job creation and business growth.


To register your interest or for more information please call: 0808 1787 060 or visit:

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