The internationally renowned agri-food industry
Associated transport and logistics industry
Housing, leisure and services industry.
Promoting and supporting economic growth across the district is one of our key objectives, so I was delighted that a recent business networking event proved a success.
Along with our Chief Executive Anna Graves, I recently hosted ‘Open for Business’ which attracted around 40 prominent local firms.
The evening was very beneficial and gave everyone a chance to share their views and ideas on how the district can develop as a vibrant economic environment.
As a small district council, we have to be realistic about what we can achieve.
We have an ever decreasing pot of government funding, but by working with partners, such as The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), Lincolnshire County Council and private businesses, we can bring in substantial grant funding for both (capital) infrastructure and revenue streams from central government and The European Union.
We have recently secured £4.8m by matching public and private investment from Growth Deal 2 for a new roundabout at Peppermint Junction off the A17, with associated housing and economic development.
A new Agri-Food Centre of Excellence will be built on the Holbeach Campus with both developments creating several hundred jobs and, importantly, higher skilled jobs.
We will also become a pathfinder authority for developing a food and farming Local Development Order as part of a Food Enterprise Zone, with £50,000 to set that in motion.
The aim of the scheme is to free up food and farming businesses, making it easier for them to grow.
In Food Enterprise Zones planning is deregulated for food and farming businesses looking to expand and will be used to create more jobs and inward investment, further developing our rural economy.
South Holland’s economy has many strengths – the internationally renowned agri-food industry, the associated transport and logistics industry, as well as the housing, leisure and services industry.
By getting the basics right and building on what we already have, we will help businesses in South Holland to be competitive and at the cutting edge of their industry, while encouraging more firms, people and jobs to the area.
We are already making things easier for residents with the launch of our 12 not 10 campaign, allowing people to spread their council tax payments over 12 months, instead of 10. Visit www.sholland.gov.uk for details.