Funding Opportunities for Agri-Business

Greater Lincolnshire LEP
Ruth Carver
LEP Director
September 2014
Greater Lincolnshire has
many assets which provide
a good platform for
economic growth.
Greater Lincolnshire Local Strengths
Greater Lincolnshire LEP
The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is a
public/private sector partnership whose aim
is sustainable economic growth. Our goal is
to help create a dynamic economy where
businesses can prosper; and we will focus
on key growth sectors and our priorities are
securing and improving conditions for
business in Lincolnshire.
Our role is:1. To Act as the voice of Businesses in Enterprise in shaping the economy
2. To Lobby for Key Infrastructure Projects across Greater Lincolnshire
3. To improve condition for business in Lincolnshire through lobbying
Greater Lincolnshire LEP
Priority Sectors
Our priority sectors have been identified
where we demonstrate our most unique
qualities and competitive edge.
 Agri-food
 Manufacturing
 Visitor Economy
 Renewables
 Ports and Logistics
 Health and Care
Our agri-food sector
Did you know….
 Greater Lincolnshire is the leading area for agricultural
employment in the country
 12.5% of the nation's food is grown in Greater
 70% of UK seafood is processed in Greater Lincolnshire
 Higher than the national average GVA
 GLLEP area contains almost 25% of England's Grade 1
agricultural land
 73,000 people directly employed in agri-food sector in
Greater Lincolnshire – many more indirect
 360,000 HGV loads of produce travel through
Lincolnshire each year
 GLLEP area produces 28% of all UKs outdoor grown veg
(including 38% of all peas and beans!)
 Direct value of the Agri-food sector to the Greater
Lincolnshire economy is £1.5bn a year
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Brands & Big Business
50+UK or global leaders (UK HQ, major plant, R&D or £50m+ turnover):
2 Sisters Food
Doubleday Group
Househam Sprayers
Moy Park
Tayto Group
ACST Logistics
Fastnet Fish Ltd
HSH Coldstores
TH Clements and
Fowler Welch
Icelandic Group UK
Tong Peal
Bernard Matthews
Freshlinc Logistics
Kerry Group Plc
Paragon Print &
Total Produce Plc
Freshtime Prepared
Limagrain UK
Pipers Crisps
Ultimate Packaging
Chandlers Farm
Lincolnshire Cooperative
Princes Prepared
Univeg UK
Cherry Valley
Georg Bateman &
Lincolnshire Field
Produce World
Country Style Foods
Gleadell Agriculture
M&W Mack
QV Foods
Dalehead Foods
McCain Foods (GB)
Sleaford Quality
Yearsley Group
Daniels Group
Holbeach MarshCooperative
Morrisons (fish
Staples Vegetables
Youngs Seafood
Lincolnshire Food Sector
Scale and critical mass
Lack of strategic plan for the sector – the
sector plan tries to address this
Strong agricultural base
Reliant on migrant labour, local skills gaps
and not attracting UK young people
Soils and climate
Freight transit times poor and unreliable
UK HQ of many major companies
Under-developed R&D base & high level
skills provision for the size of industry
Skills cluster in the industry creates a
dynamic labour market
UK: low levels of investment in
automation compared to D, NL etc.
Low business property costs
Water supply challenges may affect
production potential
UK’s largest port, strong logistics sector
Food grade industrial space is limited
Cluster of other support businesses e.g.
Some clusters based on historic strengths
which are now less significant
GLLEP Agri-food Sector Plan Vision
The Greater Lincolnshire agri-food sector will double its
contribution to the economy by 2030 through an ambitious
programme of investment in productive capacity, skills &
knowledge to drive an increase in high value added sales to UK
and export markets
GLLEP Agri-food Sector Plan
Priority Actions
1. Develop industry representation, map the industry & engage larger employers
2. Build on clusters where the GLLEP area is nationally very strong to facilitate
growth (fresh produce, fish, poultry)
3. Develop a sector skills plan (through the Lincolnshire & Rutland ESB) & secure
additional applied research funding with GLLEP agri-food companies
4. Develop & implement a 25year water plan & Centre for Water Management –
2015/16 following some current research work supported by the LEP
5. Build an economic case for investment in strategic transport infrastructure – LEP
wide process starting later in 2014 and building on the work all LEPs are doing on
growth plans
6. Promote exports & inward investment into the agri-food sector in the GLLEP area
– part of LEP wide process for key sectors
Agri-food Sector
Plan (2014)
Greater Lincolnshire
LEP EU Structural &
Investment Fund (2014)
Strategies & Funds
Projects developed
locally (or
Greater Lincolnshire
LEP Strategic Economic
Plan (2014)
If you have a major
project talk to the
Growth deal - UK
devolved budgets –
locally focused
Funding co-ordinated from
one or more sources
EU Funds – ESF,
ERDF, RDPE, Leader
EU Horizon 2020 –
Applied research
Specific UK funds
e.g. UK Agri-tech
Potential funding:
• North East Lincolnshire RGF in Food Manufacturing – capital equipment and premises. –
closes Feb 15 – Helen Thompson at NEL
• Lincoln Growth Fund – LN1 to LN6 – SME’s – Contact Jane Greaves at the University of
• Greater Lincolnshire Business Capital Growth Programme – launching in October – contact
Lincolnshire Chamber.
• Locally - GLLEP has £120m of EU funding 2014-’20
RDPE: £9m (investment in larger rural projects)
£110m for ESF (skills for out of work, NEETs) & ERDF (jobs & knowledge led)
LEADER groups, potentially 5 in the LEP area circa £2m each
Can also bid to national £140m RDPE fund from 2015
• Growth Deal
• UK agri-tech strategy £160m
• EU investment in applied research in Horizon 2020 (2014-’20) includes €4.2bn for
Sustainable Agriculture (total budget €71bn)
All these funds need:
• Match funding
• Most need business leadership
Question - What type of funding is needed
to grow the Sector?

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