Greater Grimsby a is place that tells it straight.
The facts speak for themselves.
So, if you are looking for a location that offers:
fast and efficient access to consumers
direct sea routes from the UK’s busiest port
thriving supply-chains and business networks
new opportunities in emerging industries
a ready and able skilled workforce
the lowest operating costs
sun, sand, sea and outstanding natural beauty
Greater Grimsby is the choice that makes sense.
Get it Straight
From the Heart
Greater Grimsby is a straight-talking, no-nonsense place.
We speak our minds and tell it how it is. When it comes to promoting our
area, we give you the facts to make your own mind up. Big UK-leading facts
like, we’ve got:
- the busiest port complex
- the largest concentration of food companies
- the most renewable energy opportunities
- the greenest power station
- the biggest strategic employment sites
- the lowest operating costs
Our towns of Grimsby, Immingham and Cleethorpes, and surrounding
Lincolnshire villages offer very different things. But taken as a package,
they combine to offer cost-effective, well-connected business locations
within a few miles of stunning countryside and great schools.
A Central Location
Greater Grimsby puts you at the heart of the UK and Europe.
We are centrally located on the east coast of the UK in the county of
Lincolnshire. Our area includes:
- Grimsby – the world-famous port and Europe’s Food Town
- Cleethorpes – the popular seaside holiday resort Distances from Greater Grimsby
- Immingham – a focal point of heavy industry
- Wolds villages – an area of outstanding natural beauty Miles Km
Sheffield 60 96
Thanks to our maritime and fishing heritage, we are outward looking and
have traditionally had strong international links, especially with Leeds 70 112
Scandinavia, something that continues today with many commercial
Manchester 100 160
Liverpool 130 209
Being 200 miles from London, Edinburgh and Rotterdam, means that we
are central to the UK and Europe. Birmingham 130 209
London 160 257
Our area is an integral part of the Humber region and enjoys close links
with the city of Hull.
UK’s Biggest Port
Rail Freight Terminals
Global Air Links
From Greater Grimsby you can reach more people in less time.
The Port of Grimsby and Immingham is the UK’s largest port by tonnage.
Its prime deep-water location on the Humber Estuary, gives companies
direct access to mainland Europe and beyond.
Uncongested roads and motorways connect to all parts of the UK placing
40 million consumers within a 4-hour drive.
This area is the busiest in the UK for rail freight with a choice of specialist
terminals serving destinations across the country.
Humberside Airport, conveniently located just a few miles from our main
towns, is a key national and international gateway connecting over half a consumers in a 4-hour drive
million passengers to 30 destinations every year, with daily flights to
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the world’s third largest international airport.
Thousands of Ready
and Willing Skilled
Workers and a
Growing Talent Pool
You’ll find a proven, hard-working, skilled labour-force here.
Greater Grimsby has a local workforce of 90,000 people within a 15-minute
“People have the attitude that 'we
catchment, and 350,000 within a 45-minute drive. Recent economic
conditions mean that there is a ready-made labour-force, eager and willing
are getting things done'. They
to work. know that if they wait, the value
Local workers have demonstrated over the years a willingness to adapt and
retrain to suit the needs of different industries. The area offers companies a
of their work will drop. They know
range of skills and experience from specialist construction, engineering and
logistics, to laboratory-based research and development work and office
that from the fishing industry and
jobs in global headquarters. it’s a good mindset. So far it has
Grimsby Institute is a key partner in ensuring that the area continues to
produce people with the right skills for the industries of today and the jobs
been the best place in the UK to
of the future. Several Centres of Vocational Excellence provide work-based
training ranging from engineering to broadcasting.
work out of.”
Jan Korff, Siemens
Global Giants Mix
With Local Start-ups
Established supply-chains and local networks help you win new business.
We have many great names that have become an important part of local
life. The UK’s number one seafood company, Young’s, has its global
headquarters in Grimsby, while the like of Novartis, ConocoPhillips, Ciba
and Siemens all have major facilities in the area.
These major manufacturers have helped create well-functioning supply-
chains in many industries, with around 500 food-related companies,
hundreds of logistics providers and many specialist engineering firms that
have experience of major projects.
For ambitious companies, Greater Grimsby offers a platform for growth,
innovation and partnering with market leaders. Local start-up businesses
can access the expertise and support of global players in a way that would
not be possible in a large city.
Future Proof Place
Green Businesses of
Greater Grimsby is a place rich in opportunities.
This area has always been a vitally important part of the UK economy,
providing the food and fuel that keeps the country going and being at the
heart of international trade routes. For reasons of geography, history and
innovation, it is all set to show the way into the future.
Tremendous opportunities in the field of renewable energy, especially
offshore wind, wave and tidal power and bioenergy, will create the green
collar jobs of the future.
Whether it is leading the world in cutting-edge food cell research, offshore wind turbines planned
developing innovative packaging and storage solutions or manufacturing
drugs that help combat diabetes, Greater Grimsby is set to be at the heart for the North Sea
of new opportunities.
Units and Large
We have the right premises, in the right places, at the right prices.
Greater Grimsby has a wide choice of modern offices, both in-town and on
high quality business parks, industrial units and development land adjacent
to major roads, a deep-water estuary and major docks.
The area’s flagship business park, Europarc, has been designed to attract
manufacturing, distribution and office based businesses with high quality,
cost-effective, purpose-built accommodation, within an attractive lakeside
Property costs and land values across the area are up to 25% lower than in lower property costs
The inward investment team at North East Lincolnshire Council provides a
free service to help find the right property for your business.
Costs in the UK
Make us Your
Property and labour costs are among the lowest in the UK. Average Wage Industrial Rent Medium Office
£/annum) £/m2/annum £/m2/annum
Greater Grimsby is a cost-effective business location. Compared with
similar locations, this area has the: Grimsby 20,577 40 85
- Lowest average wage costs Hull 22,122 45 100
- Lowest industrial rents
- Lowest office costs Lincoln 20,873 45 120
In difficult times, the ability to keep your cost-base to a minimum helps to Nottingham 23,499 55 160
keep businesses afloat and protects jobs.
Doncaster 21,420 50 155
Living costs are low here too with housing among the cheapest in the
country, enabling a choice of urban and country lifestyle. Sheffield 23,549 55 165
Teesside 20,689 42 170
Newcastle 21,837 47 210
Manchester 25,494 55 310
Sources: Property Market Report, VOA, July 2008
ONS - 2008 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
Sun, Sea, Sand
and Happy People
Lifestyles to suit all tastes.
Everywhere claims to have a great quality of life, but few places can
“The resort is taking care of people
compete with our rich diversity of historic towns, quaint villages, wildlife
sanctuaries, rolling hills and sandy beaches.
who are making the most of the
Our surrounding countryside is famous for its beauty, with the Lincolnshire
weather and the places to visit.
Wolds being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is
protected due to its "precious landscape" and "distinctive character".
Everything is in place for the resort
English country pubs, historic churches and quaint villages are just a few
miles from the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.
to continue to be a happy place.
The seaside town of Cleethorpes has been voted as one of the happiest
We are making Cleethorpes a
places to live in the UK. A 2008 survey ranked the town ninth out of 273 UK
districts, which is not surprising given the classic mix of sun, sea, and sand.
happy place to visit and live in.”
Local shopping and nightlife attract millions of visitors from outside the area Robert Chalmers, Cleethorpes Resort Manager
each year and as befits Europe's Food Town, you can enjoy great food
from the world's best fish and chips to award-winning fine dining.
Our Schools and
Colleges Offer Great
Choices for all Abilities
Success and excellence from primary to higher education.
Our local schools offer a wide choice for children of all abilities. In the most
“The reputation the Grimsby
recent league tables, three-quarters of local primary schools outperformed
the national average, while half of our schools and colleges outperformed
Institute enjoys with employers,
the UK average at A’level. students and Associate
There are a number of excellent grammar schools in Lincolnshire within
easy reach, that regularly achieve some of the best results in the country.
Universities has been founded on
For further and higher education, the Grimsby Institute offers a wide range
the quality of our courses and the
of courses and has particular strengths in vocational training with several
centres of excellence in fields ranging from automotive technology to digital
excellent facilities that we can
media. The Institute is planning a £150 million programme of development,
enhancing links with local schools and creating modern facilities.
Professor Daniel Khan OBE
Principal and Chief Executive
Practical Support and
For Your Next Project
How we can help
Whether you're based in the UK or overseas, North East Lincolnshire “We went to lot of places, but
Council has a team of specialists waiting to help you. Our services are
provided free of charge on a completely confidential basis and include: there was a buzz about
- helping you plan your expansion or relocation project Grimsby which we didn't find
- providing research to help you make your decision
- advising on available sites and premises and development options elsewhere. Grimsby was
- organising personal tours of the area
- providing introductions and liaison with key local advisors friendlier than the rest... a
- information about grants and financial assistance that may be available
helpful council in Grimsby
For more information on how you can be a part of the Greater Grimsby
success story, contact: helped to make up our mind.”
01472 324615 Meir Schock, Soya Magic UK
North East Lincolnshire Council