Area leads the way in production jobs

JOBS BOOST: Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, and Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council.
JOBS BOOST: Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, and Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council.
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South Holland is the business for production after a survey showed that 4,000 new jobs were created in the sector across the area.

The survey for Royal Mail by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) put South Holland ahead of all other local authority areas in Britain for production jobs, up by nearly 120 per cent between 1981 and 2011.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council.

Overall, Lincolnshire had the fifth biggest rise in production jobs of any county in Britain based on figures taken from Censuses of 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are pleased to hear that the district has seen the largest rise in employment in the production sector across the UK since the 1980s.

“It echoes our observations of greater business optimism across our membership and indicates signs of continued economic confidence returning to the area’s economy.

“No doubt there is still a long way to go but looking at the bigger picture, it’s encouraging to see signs of continued business growth.”

The survey measured the changing employment trends across Britain and the findings for South Holland appear to reflect Department for Work and Pensions’ figures showing, since 2014, a 28 per cent drop in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

Mr Scarlett said: “South Holland is a long-established hub for the agri-food industry and, in recent years, it has also become an emerging centre of skills, business and technical support.”

“Overall, this is an exciting time to look forward and prepare the area for further business growth and success, whilst also being mindful of business concerns about improving infrastructure throughout our district.”

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, added: This study is a very helpful piece of work which explains and demonstrates the importance of Lincolnshire, especially to the nation’s agricultural food industry.

“The increase in employment in the production sector has been driven by the manufacturing of food and drink in Lincolnshire and is more evidence to prove that this county is the country’s top food producer.”