Food business boost for Hemswell Cliff announced by George Osborne during visit

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Hemswell Cliff looks set to benefit from extra government support to attract food businesses to Lincolnshire.

The site has been chosen as one of three potential Food Enterprise Zones in the county - one other is at the Lincolnshire Showground.

Chancellor George Osborne made the announcement while on a visit to Lincoln yesterday.

His news was welcomed by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, which will put together the bid for Enterprise Zone status.

“The food sector is of enormous importance to Greater Lincolnshire – it’s our third biggest sector and contributes £2.5 billion every year to the area’s economy,” said Councillor Colin Davie, a Director of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council.

“This is the first step towards creating new Food Enterprise Zones in North East Lincolnshire, South Holland and West Lindsey which will be a welcome development and play a vital role in helping us to achieve our vision of doubling the economic value of the agrifood sector in Greater Lincolnshire by 2030.

“There is work to be done before we can secure these three important Food Enterprise Zones but this pilot funding is a good start and we’re looking forward now to building strong cases to enable us to bid subsequently for Food Enterprise Zone status.”

The government says the new zones are designed to “unleash the entrepreneurial spirit” of the countryside and food producers.

They will free up food and farming businesses, making it simpler and easier for them to grow, and will attract new businesses. Local communities will benefit from new jobs and the opportunity to develop local produce, boosting their economies.

As well as attracting investment, the Food Enterprise Zones will encourage closer ties between food and farming businesses to boost the domestic food and farming sector.

Chancellor Osborne also announced West Lindsey would also be a ‘Housing Zone,’ receiving government funding for housing projects.

The Chancellor’s comments come as West Lindsey District Council has been targeting Hemswell Cliff as a centre for business and housing growth as part of the Central Lincolnshire District Plan.