Holbeach's Food Enterprise Zone marketing campaign is launched with investors and companies encouraged to come to the site
Investors and companies were told that the Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach could help them to become major players on the world stage.
A marketing campaign has now been launched to attract food and technology companies and investors to take units at the site.
Lincolnshire County Council, the University of Lincolnshire, South Holland District Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are working together to create a hub for businesses to develop new technology and techniques for the growing agri-food sector.
A webinar to highlight the opportunities available in South Lincolnshire’s food sector yesterday was told that the UK imports 45% of its food and that there are opportunities to bring more food production back into this country.
Coun Nick Worth, the district council’s deputy leader, said: “Greater Lincolnshire is already food capital of the UK and we are now looking forward to see it build on the status as a major player on the world stage.”
Viewers were told that the area has 75,000 jobs in the food industry and is well placed near Grimsby and Immingham, which are free ports.
The session also heard that Lincolnshire is also best placed for automation because it was “flat as pancake” and FEZ has great collaboration opportunties.
Martin Collison, agri-tech specialist from the LEP, believes that automation will lead to higher paid jobs and that an increase in glass houses will allow the UK to grow soft fruit and leafy veg which is normally imported.
Another panel member Judith Batchelar OBE, Director of Brand at Sainsbury’s, said the planets were aligning for the FEZ.