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Holbeach project attracts overseas interest

Companies from overseas have expressed an interest in a multi-million pound food research and development site.

Construction work is forging ahead on the £5 million Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) which is being created on the outskirts of Holbeach.

The University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council are joining forces on this project.

The Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone is taking shape (36058824)
The Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone is taking shape (36058824)

While this development has already brought a lot of national interest to Holbeach, it is now attracting attention from further afield.

Coun Nick Worth, who represents Holbeach onSouth Holland and Lincolnshire County councils, said: “There is a lot of interest from overseas, in particular from Europe and elsewhere to come and work on the site at some point.

“This is incredibly exciting for the whole area and not just Holbeach.

“I would say it will keep the agri-tech industry as a world leader.”

A steel structure is now looming over the site as work is continuing to build the University of Lincoln’s Agri-Food Centre of Excellence.

This centre’s mission will be to deliverinnovation support services, pioneering research, skills provision and knowledge exchange for agri-food businesses.

Microbiology and chemistry laboratories along with a state-of-the-art test kitchen and sensory suite are part of the centre along with seminar rooms.

It will also act as an innovation hub to promote technologies such as robotics and automation with the food industry.

Coun Worth, who is the district’s deputy leader, said: “There is a lot of local interest from abroad as we are going to be leading in agri-tech.

“The robotics in particular is attracting a lot of interest as this is going to be a massive expansion area. People are really interested in getting involved.

“This will be about creating a food and agri-tech clusters. These clusters work together but feed offand learn from each other.”

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