Sam Elkington: Flying the flag for Lincolnshire

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The majority of business growth within Lincolnshire has been organic in the sense that it is being generated from within the county.

Very few major employers, if any, have over recent years moved their whole trading and manufacturing operations into the county.

Lincolnshire has major engineering and technological industries in and around Lincoln and to the south of the county the well-publicised and heralded food industry.

The proposed new Food Enterprise Zones to the north of Lincoln and at Holbeach continue to fly the flag for Lincolnshire and emphasise the importance of the food industry but it is important, I think, to start trying to attract new businesses into the county as well as maintaining the significant growth of the businesses that we have.

Businesses within the county have been very good at promoting themselves and are also well supported by the local authorities as well as national government and it is important, now that Brexit is upon us, to ensure that going into what will hopefully be a free market, we can continue to prosper and indeed grow at significant rates ahead of our neighbouring counties.

With the improving infrastructure that the county has and world leading expertise in both engineering and agriculture this target should be more than achievable.

Being part of a locally based national property organisation we have seen first-hand the interest that there is from both national and international organisations in looking to invest in substantial opportunities round the county. The promotion work that the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP) is doing is a testament to the work being carried out behind the scenes to attract investment into the county.

I am joining part of the County Council/GLLEP organised party going out to the International Property Fair at MIPIM later this month in the south of France and we will be continuing to fly the flag for the county.

Hopefully this opportunity to meet with international businesses will provide ample opportunity for us to showcase the wares of Lincolnshire.