The partnership was formed in response to a strong desire by the business community and the public sector to ensure that economic interests of the area were properly represented.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP encompasses the administrative county of Lincolnshire, North and North East Lincolnshire. It is a huge area representing nearly a million people and diverse business interests.

The partnership formed in 2010 and is growing. The Board is business-led but includes public sector partners

  • Ursula Lidbetter (Chairman: Business/Social Enterprise)
  • David Dexter (Deputy Chairman: Small Businesses)
  • Chris Baron (Tourist sector)
  • Neil Corner (Large engineering manufacturer)
  • Herman Kok (Construction sector/employment & skills)
  • Mark Tinsley (Food & Agriculture)
  • Neil Turton (Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Nisa -Today’s (Holdings) Ltd)
  • Andy Baxendale (Environment Agency)
  • Tony Hill (NHS)
  • Eddy Poll (Lincolnshire County Councillor)
  • Doreen Stephenson (District Councillor)
  • Prof. Mary Stuart (Higher Education)
  • Mick Burnett (NE Lincs County Councillor)
  • Liz Redfern (Leader, North Lincolnshire Council)
  • Richard Wills (Executive Director LCC, Representing the LEP Secretariat)

The Board will maintain a strategic overview of the economy of Greater Lincolnshire and influence public sector plans; and support and encourage businesses and the third sector to contribute actively to the prosperity of the area.

Greater Lincolnshire’s economy is driven by a number of key growth sectors:

Agri-Food: Combining agriculture, food production and distribution, Greater Lincolnshire is a major provider of food to the UK economy, “from farm to fork” and “from trawler to table”. The sector is increasingly focused on adding value along the food chain providing high quality home grown or landed produce to the UK market. We have the National Centre for Food Manufacturing run by the University of Lincoln from its Holbeach site and through co-operation across the partnership want to link this with the work undertaken by Grimsby Institute.

Power Engineering and Environmental Technologies: The area has a heritage in manufacturing and engineering and retains core strengths in power engineering. These traditional strengths, added to the area’s natural assets – land, coastline and the UK’s major port – can be harnessed to serve the growing opportunity for renewable energy in the area, using the productive capability of the land as well as continuing the development of offshore production.

Ports and Logistics: Grimsby and Immingham form the fourth largest port in Northern Europe, handling 54.7M tonnes of cargo in 2009. In addition to import/export related activities (which include the chemicals sector), the port underpins the agri-food sector for the north of Greater Lincolnshire and provides a unique source of competitive advantage for the developing environmental technologies sector. Greater Lincolnshire also includes the port of Boston. The area benefits from being on the key north-south road and rail link (A1 and East Coast Main Line) as well as Humberside Airport.

Services: The public sector has been and will continue to be a significant employer in the area. There will be a contraction from the 27.4% of the area’s workforce (the England average is 26.4%). A large proportion of these jobs are in healthcare (serving a growing population with a high proportion of older people) and defence (led by a significant RAF presence).

The visitor economy: The area has considerable assets in its environment, landscape, culture and heritage as a tourist destination and a place to live, work and invest. These assets are exemplified by the East Coast Resorts, Historic Lincoln with its copy of the Magna Carta, and the “hidden gems” of the Wolds and numerous market towns. These assets have traditionally formed the basis of the tourism industry, which in its current form is a mature industry with relatively low growth.

The care service sector: There are a greater proportion of older people in Lincolnshire than in the rest of the UK. It is expected to grow further. This is often perceived as a problem but may be an opportunity for growth of private and social enterprises, as well as being a source of experience and expertise. Lincolnshire is leading in older people’s services.

WHAT WE ARE DOING

The Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership is working to improve prosperity for people in its area. It recognises that the attractiveness of a place depends on getting the right balance between social & economic well being with sustainable economic growth. The local government partners, Lincolnshire County Council and NE Lincolnshire Council, have been working on their Economic Assessments of the Area. We intend to work with them and to obtain a comprehensive picture of the Greater Lincolnshire area. This will help us to determine where our priorities must lie. The principal opportunities will arise from exploiting the potential to drive enterprise and innovation, address employment and skills, and facilitate investment in infrastructure.

The LEP has identified the following issues on which it intends to concentrate in the first year:

KEY MESSAGES

Tourism is a key sector; we will support efforts to continue provision of destination management infrastructure.

Digital connectivity could contribute significantly to the County’s growth; we will work to obtain an extensive network of high speed broadband.

Small businesses are a significant part of our economy; we will encourage means of providing support once Business Link closes.

Transport infrastructure is vital to many sectors in our economy; we will promote improvements.

Lincolnshire is one of the faster growing parts of the UK; we will seek provision of affordable, decent housing.

Lincolnshire is an “energy” county; we seek to support industries developing sustainable energy supplies.

We recognise the contribution of all sectors of our economy; we will ensure a dialogue with public, private and third sectors representatives and organisations.

For more information see the Greater Lincolnshire LEP Website:

http://www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/