Meet the team supporting our local economy

Nigel Burch and Jayne Shale ANL-140425-114914001
Nigel Burch and Jayne Shale ANL-140425-114914001
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News from South Holland District Council’s economic development team

This month we are taking the opportunity to let you know a little more about the aims of South Holland District Council’s economic development team and introduce its officers.

Their main remit is to help the council to deliver its five corporate priorities, in particular “To support our local economy”.The team – Nigel Burch and Jayne Shale – works in a number of ways to achieve this, including helping to:

n Promote South Holland;

n Attract investment;

n Create jobs.

They are also involved in backing innovation and guiding businesses.

Nigel, who lives in Spalding and has a background in local farming, is senior economic development officer and has been with the team for eight years. One of his most notable successes is the council’s industrial units at Pinnacle Close, Crowland. He sourced the funding to both buy the land and build the units which have been fully occupied since day one of use.

Both Nigel and Jayne are Associates of the Institute for Economic Development. Jayne, an economic development officer, has been with the council five years after previously working as a projects officer with the Education Business Partnership in Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Jayne was responsible for setting up the successful jobs fair, now in its fourth year and taking place today (Tuesday) at the South Holland Centre in Spalding (10am-2pm).

Employers who are recruiting will be available and there is lots of advice on training and development opportunities, starting your own business and benefits.

The economic development team is also running Grants4Growth, an ERDF-funded capital grants scheme, and also works closely with Lincolnshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership to identify and bid for funding streams to support the South Holland economy.

The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) works with Government to improve the economic climate across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

It is a partnership between the private and public sector led by the private sector. Its aim is to improve infrastructure and the conditions for doing business. 

The organisation works across a diverse range of industries, from ports, logistics and farming to tourism and engineering.

To contact South Holland District Council’s economic development team call 01775 761161 or email economicde velopment@sholland.gov.uk

You can also follow the team on Twitter @SHDCecodev