Andrew RaynerAndrew grew up in rural Cambridgeshire and studied Information Systems at university before beginning his career in IT. After four years' employment and having moved to Kings Lynn, he took a risk establishing a new Sage accounts reseller business. He was also a founding member of the team that built the world champion, Storm II, for the Robot Wars competition, filmed in Newark.
Andrew gained experience in managing businesses, finances and people before relocating to St Albans in 2003. He started a new business with his partner and wife, Clare, and raised a family, as well as growing the consulting business to over £500,000 turnover within three years. Andrew moved to Sleaford in 2013 and has already used his knowledge to help others establish their own companies. He now enjoys having more time for his family and the local community.
Bev JenkinsBev has lived in Sleaford since the early 1980s. Her children have grown up here and the whole family regards Sleaford as their home town. Bev has actively worked and contributed to the local economy since moving to the area: working for many years for a large independent organisation and then setting up her own businesses.
Bev is extremely passionate about the town and has seen many changes over here. She witnessed a local sense of pride when she moved to Sleaford and is especially keen to see that restored. She believes this can be achieved through hard work, determination and community spirit. Bev's substantial experience in marketing has provided her with the ideal skills to head up Sleaford Town Team's business events and training action group, while her business, Beed Virtual, will provide all admin support.
Clare RaynerClare grew up in Edlington, near Horncastle, and went to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. Like most of her classmates, she moved away to further her education and pursue the career opportunities that were lacking at home in Lincolnshire. In 2013, having visited the county to speak at an event, Clare was inspired to relocate her family and businesses back to Lincolnshire.
After trawling the county looking for the perfect place to become their new home, Clare's family chose Sleaford. She thinks the town is fantastic - but the economy remains challenging. Clare knows that it's imperative that we don't rest on our laurels and that we continue to invest in our community to secure its future as a great place to live, work and enjoy.
Eddie JenkinsEddie has lived and worked in Sleaford since the late 1990s. When he moved to the area, he was instrumental in the set-up of a local restaurant; the experience encouraged him to set up his own wedding and catering company in 2003, which he runs with his wife. Owning his own business has enabled Eddie to contribute to the Sleaford economy and he is extremely proud to provide employment for several local people.
He is passionate about the town and keen to invest his time, experience and knowledge into the community. Eddie is a keen supporter of local events and local help groups such as 'Stay Local' and 'Big Night Out'. He would love to see the sense of pride restored in the people of Sleaford and looks forward to helping to achieve that. Due to his knowledge in catering and events, Eddie heads up the action group for Sleaford's evening and night-time economy.
Karen PoleKaren moved to Sleaford in 1999 after living and working for NAAFI in Germany for 24 years. She worked at a local boarding kennels as a dog groomer before setting up her own grooming business within a local pet shop.
She realised that the local market was going downhill in 2012 and set about discovering why it was in such a poor state.
A year later, Karen set up her own stall selling children's clothing and created a Facebook page to advertise Sleaford market, but found that a lack of support was hindering her efforts. Karen wants to see Sleaford transformed into a thriving town with a busy high street and market, with great amenities for all ages to work, rest and play. She is leading the action group for Sleaford's market regeneration.