Ambitious plans to double Greater Lincolnshire’s £2.5 billion food and farming market have been unveiled at a meeting of business and political leaders in Pinchbeck.
Farmers, food business managers and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, came together for The Big Food Debate at Roythornes Solicitors, Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, on Friday.
The meeting, hosted by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), featured talks about the challenges and opportunities for food businesses in South Holland and the rest of Lincolnshire following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) last month.
Mark Tinsley, of P.C. Tinsley (Farmers) Ltd, Holbeach Hurn and GLLEP board member, said: “I think it went very well and GLLEP chairman Ursula Lidbetter opened the proceedings by emphasising how important agri-food is to the partnership.
“Ursula and I also emphasised how important it is for businesses in the south of the county to feed back to us what they believe are the critical issues for them in relation to fulfilling our desire to see a doubling of the economic value of agri-food by 2030.
“We believe the critical issues are, both the provision and defence of, skills, industry promotion, automation, infrastructure, roads, broadband, telecommunications, power supplies and water.”
GLLEP chairman Ursula Lidbetter and I emphasised how important it is for businesses in south Lincolnshire to feed back what they believe are the critical issues for them in relation to fulfilling our desire to double the economic value of agri-food by 2030Mark Tinsley, of P.C. Tinsley (Farmers) Ltd, Holbeach Hurn and GLLEP board member
Both Mr Tinsley and Mr Hayes spoke at the meeting before questions were taken by a panel which included Duncan Worth of QV Foods, Holbeach Hurn, and Lee Juniper of FreshLinc, Pinchbeck.
Mr Hayes said: “Essentially, The Big Food Debate was about the whole range of challenges and issues facing the food industry in Greater Lincolnshire.
“But clearly the context I set was that we will no longer be part of the EU, with the challenges and opportunities that provides.”