The Lincoln Imp Trail auction at Lincoln Cathedral on Lincolnshire Day October 1 raised over £128,000 for the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice charity.

The 31 statues went under the hammer at an average selling price of £4,000, with lot 23, A Little Lucky Imp, fetching the highest bid at £10,000 — but the new owner will remain private for now.

The popular Imp Trail was organised by Lincoln BIG and ran over the summer across the city, before coming to an end last month ahead of the farewell parade and auction.

The trail had its tricky moments, with several imps being damaged, some accidentally and some intentionally, over the course of their time in Lincoln. They were all of course repaired before the auction.

Overall, it was a successful trail and a landmark moment for Lincoln BIG CEO Sarah Loftus, who will be moving on soon to her new role as Managing Director at Make it York.

Sarah Loftus said: “It was a great evening in support of St Barnabas, and we would like to thank everyone for participating in the trail, our sponsors, artists and partners who made this trail the success it’s been, especially after the one year postponement due to the pandemic.”

Ian Walter from JH Walter ran the Imp Auction on the night, which raised over £128k for charity. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ian Walter previously actioned for charity the Barons trail statues which raised £167k in 2015, and the Knights in 2017, raising almost £180k. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Professional auctioneer Ian Walter from JH Walter was the man with the hammer running the proceedings at Lincoln Cathedral on Friday night, and you can watch back the entire event on The Lincolnite‘s Facebook page, where it was streamed live.

The Lincolnite loved being involved in the trail, and adopted Wind, one of the five community imps, who toured Lincolnshire, including going on a rollercoaster, boat, and bus!

The Lincolnite Managing Editor Daniel Ionescu with Lincoln BIG CEO Sarah Loftus at the reception before the Imp auction. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

And the auction begins! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Imps sold for an average price of £4,000, with lot 23 A Lucky Imp sponsored by Chestnut Homes fetching £10k. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Meet the proud Imp owners — Pictured, Pete Watson from Distract. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The judging panel for the Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 has selected the 2021 finalists on Friday, September 17.

The Lincolnite’s 30 Under 30 showcase is a celebration of the best and brightest in Lincolnshire, putting our young talent on the map regionally and nationally.

This year’s longlist had 161 nominations, a record number of entries — with only 30 able to make the cut.

The panel of event sponsors from Sparkhouse, Ringrose Law, Streets Chartered Accountants and Lincoln College Group had the tricky task of selecting the next crop of Lincolnshire young talent to watch out for.

After they enjoyed afternoon tea at Lincoln Cathedral’s new cafe (conferencing suite), the panel has picked its shortlist.

Finalists will be contacted privately in the coming week to join us a for a photo shoot ahead of the celebration event on October 28 at the Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse.

What the judging panel said:

Hard at work judging: Charlotte Baxter and Susan Cadd from the University of Lincoln Sparkhouse/Think Tank. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Charlotte Baxter, Enterprise Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “We were really impressed with the caliber of applicants this year. The range of applications from our Lincolnshire under 30s have been both inspiring and motivational.”

Tricky choices to be made: Jim Newall and Claire Lloyd from Lincoln College Group. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln College Director of Marketing Jim Newall said: “Wow, what an amazing bunch of driven and inspiring young people. The future’s bright for the local economy.”

Judges had to bring down the longlist from 161 to only 30 finalists. Pictured are Alexis Outram and James Pinchbeck from Streets Chartered Accountants. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Streets Chartered Accountants Marketing Partner James Pinchbeck also said: “What a truly inspirational group of young people we have across Lincolnshire – individuals who see no barriers, overcome adversity and through their efforts have created new enterprises, pursued sporting interests and have made such a positive impact on the local community.”

Decisions, decisions, decisions: Alex Bennet and Costa Kyriacou (an 30 Under 30 alumni) from Ringrose Law. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ringrose Law Marketing Partner Alex Bennett commented: “A very impressive and diverse mix of applications this year. Brilliant to read about all the achievements in our region. Congratulations to everyone.”

The Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 2021 judging panel hard at work. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Daniel Ionescu, Founding Editor of The Lincolnite, said: “Thanks to everyone who nominated the wealth of talent that Lincolnshire has to offer. It was an enjoyable but tricky afternoon to bring it down to only 30 people, but we are confident we will have a great batch of people to showcase this year.

“We’d also like thank all our sponsors again for making the event and project possible, and working with us to bring to life our ideas.”

Lincolnshire 30 Under 30, The Lincolnite‘s showcase of young up and coming talent and high achievers, returns for 2021 – and nominations are now open.

Thanks to our sponsors, Sparkhouse, Ringrose Law and Streets Chartered Accountants, publishers Stonebow Media are organising the celebration of Lincolnshire’s promising talent for this autumn.

It has been a whirlwind two years in between our 2019 Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 spotlight and the 2021 edition, and we’re seeking the rising stars who shone throughout; from entrepreneurs, to athletes, artists and rapidly developing professionals.

We’re also keeping tabs on our first cohort of high achievers, and looking forward to hearing from them about the exciting developments they’ve had in the last 18 months.

How to enter Lincolnshire 30 under 30

Nominations for the 2021 Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 are now open. Submission are made using this form.

We’re looking to hear from inspirational young achievers from all backgrounds and professional fields. You can nominate yourself, or someone you know personally or professionally who is making our county proud.

Nominations are open for people from across Greater Lincolnshire (from the Humber to the Wash), either living or working in our region (and beyond!)

Entries close on September 8. A reception event scheduled for Thursday, October 28, at the Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse. Check out the 2019 celebration.

Why this matters

The Lincolnite’s 30 Under 30 showcase is a celebration of the best and brightest in Lincolnshire, putting our young talent on the map regionally and nationally.

An overview of the 2019 Lincolnshire 30 Under 30. Click/tap to meet them.

Stonebow Media’s platform and channels reach unparalleled audiences, opening up further opportunities and recognition for those involved. Leo Scott is a great example, who went on to be featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30!

The portraits of the 2019 Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 lined the Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse walls. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite


Nominate a person for the Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 here


Thanks to our sponsors

The Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 has seen all three of its sponsors returning to support the initiative for 2021.

Charlotte Baxter, Enterprise Manager at Sparkhouse, said: “Our team is privileged to work alongside many young entrepreneurs and talented professionals during the earlier phases of their careers and love to see these individuals thrive as part of our region’s business community – some through our Growing Graduate Enterprise service, others through the business incubation and start-up support streams we have on offer at Sparkhouse. It is our pleasure to see young rising stars flourish in their respective industries and we are delighted to celebrate them all through The Lincolnite’s 30 Under 30 campaign. It is a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to the dedication and successes of these individuals, as well as the opportunities on offer for young people in Greater Lincolnshire.”

Alex Bennett, Associate Marketing Manager at Ringrose Law, said: “Lincolnshire has a lot of young, individual talent across all sectors, and it is fantastic to be able to recognise and celebrate these individuals. We place a lot of emphasis on career progression and career frameworks, and finding opportunities for our own team. Many of our staff have worked their way through the firm after starting with us at a young age. It is great to see and hear about the passion, commitment and determination these individuals have.”

James Pinchbeck, Marketing Partner at Streets Chartered Accountants, added: “We are delighted and excited to once again be supporting Lincolnshire 30 under 30. The energy, resilience, sense of purpose, social responsibility, creativity and enterprise our under 30s have is truly inspiring. It is great to highlight the difference such individuals make to our community, and right that we single out such individuals for recognition. They are an inspiration to the young and old alike!”

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