South Holland Council is working on trading links with Jamaica
Officials have been forging closer relationships for trading produce between South Holland and Jamaica.
South Holland District Council Chief Executive Anna Graves along with the Economic Development and Inward Investment Manager Nigel Burch were part of a delegation which met with the Jamaican High Commissioner last week.
South Holland already has some trading links with the Caribbean island thanks to the banana industry but there are hopes to further expand this relationship.
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Council leader Gary Porter is pleased with the growing links.
He said: “We would definitely like to explore these links, anything that will add to the trade for South Holland and other parts of the world.,
“I am pleased as we are promoting what South Holland does best - which is produce.”
One of the reasons, the Jamaicans had honed in on south Lincolnshire is the fact that there is also a Spalding and Boston on the island.
Representatives from Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Boston Borough Council, the University of Lincoln and four local businesses were also part of the meeting at the Jamaican High Commission on Wednesday last week.
This session followed on from an initial meeting organised by Lincolnshire Chamber over the summer, which included the two councils, representatives from the Jamaican High Commission and local fresh produce companies, after which the invite was extended to meet the Commissioner.
While there wasn’t a fixed agenda for Wednesday’s meeting there were discussions on how there could be closer ties between South East Lincolnshire and Jamaica.
These ties could result in possible skills exchange, knowledge transfer opportunities and the potential for trade between Jamaica and South Lincolnshire.
Wider discussions were also held on the possibility about stronger links and any scope of civil cooperation between the Jamaican and South Lincolnshire Spaldings and Bostons.
Food production in South Lincolnshire is attracted a lot of interest in recent months.
Earlier in the autumn, recipe box company Gousto announced it was creating more than 700 jobs, including 400 in Spalding over the next three years.
Gousto says its announcement follows a recent £30m funding round, taking the total funds raised by the company to more than £100m. These roles will be split across headquarters in London as well as its fulfilment centre in Marsh Road.
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