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Food enterprise zone funding is welcomed for Grimsby’s Europarc as expansion is eyed

A SLICE of the £6.5 million food enterprise zone win from the Government’s Local Growth Fund has been welcomed in Grimsby.

Food enterprise zone funding is welcomed for Grimsby’s Europarc as expansion is eyed

A SLICE of the £6.5 million food enterprise zone win from the Government’s Local Growth Fund has been welcomed in Grimsby.

Expansion at Europarc will benefit from business-friendly incentives, while the cash – secured as part of a £29-million kitty pulled together by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership – will see enabling development rolled out.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, (pictured right), portfolio holder for the economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The confirmation of this grant is fantastic news. We’ve been working with both the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and developers on these proposals, which are likely to see new food manufacturing space created on Europarc and an associated logistics building created.

“This development will further support the economic growth of North East Lincolnshire and is a part of the wider jigsaw of proposals to create a strong economy in our area.”

The flagship estate at Grimsby’s western entrance is closing in on 20 years of employment, with the first buildings opened back in 1998.

Then Government regeneration agency English Partnerships worked with the local authority and Humber-based developer Wykeland to open up the site.

While food and allied businesses have been a key driver, from the early days of Baxters, Headland Foods and Ultimate Group as initial investors to the rapid growth of Morrisons’ seafood operations more recently, and the New England Seafood Group’s plans for the acquired Albert Darnell, it is not exclusive.

Motorhome manufacturer Auto-Trail has recently expanded there having enjoyed a long tenure and Lincs Doors, while supplying food factories as part of a wider offer, is firmly in the fabrication category. In Haith’s the bird food industry is also covered, while an office park and managed office space, around Humber Seafood Institute, is also popular.

Making the announcement, Local Growth Minister Andrew Percy, who is also MP for Brigg and Goole, said: “This latest £29 million of funding will make a real difference to people in Greater Lincolnshire. As well as creating new jobs and supporting businesses, we’re investing in the next generation with a new skills programme to improve access to further education. It will give young people the tools they need to reach their potential.

“It is further proof that we will back the people of Greater Lincolnshire with resources to get the region firing on all cylinders, now and in years to come.”
Developments in Holbeach and Hemswell Cliff make up the three zones to benefit.

Greater Lincolnshire LEP chair Ursula Lidbetter MBE, (pictured left), said: “This announcement marks a further step in the growth of our economy and is an endorsement of our Strategic Economic Plan. In every experience I have had of backing local people and local initiatives, the results have exceeded expectations.

“Our LEP will be focusing closely on the schemes announced and on delivering our growth promises.”

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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