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£3.3m funding for food sector to tuck into

North East Lincolnshire has been awarded a massive £3.3 million pot of funding.
Following its successful Regional Growth Fund (RGF) round three bid, North East Lincolnshire Council has today won another chunk of cash in round four, for a proposed Food Manufacturing Cluster Programme.

The bid was submitted with support from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and the funds will be used to deliver a package of identified private sector food projects.
Those projects will form a backbone of support for development and growth plans, while creating new, sustainable employment opportunities .

It follows announcements in the last year or so from Morrisons, which opened a manufacturing plant in the former Kwoks factory on Europarc, and bought the adjoining land with future development in mind, and the consolidation of Young's in Grimsby, which brought with it more than 320 jobs. The latest programme will see £25.8 million of private sector leverage and 389 new jobs created in North East Lincolnshire.

Whilst the council is delighted to have won £3.3 million in its strand one bid, it is disappointed the second strand, worth £2.2 million, was not successful as this would provide wider critical support activity.

The council will now be looking into further funding streams and opportunities it can utilise to enable it to still provide it as part of its strategic plans to grow this vital sector in North East Lincolnshire.
Councillor Chris Shaw, leader of NELC, said: "We are delighted, as this is an amount of money not to be sniffed at.

"It will help the development of food processing – that is one of our core businesses. Regeneration in North East Lincolnshire is not just about renewables.

"As soon as we get the RGF funds cleared we will carry out the due diligence on those companies thinking of investing in North East Lincolnshire and those that are already here and could employ more people."

The Leader said he was hopeful of further good news for jobs later this year.
Councillor Shaw said: "It all shows we are prepared to work with anyone to make jobs better.

"There is no escaping that we have seen some challenges , but we have also seen some fantastic investments, too, from the likes of Daniels Group and Morrisons, demonstrating the potential to grow the food sector and building on the highly successful seafood sector in North East Lincolnshire.

"Securing these funds means we will see further investment in the area which will stimulate the local economy, create jobs and support the council's key priorities to create a stronger economy and stronger communities ."

Date: 11 July 2013