Greater Grimsby is a place that tells it straight.
The facts speak for themselves.
So, if you’re 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.
From the Heart of
the UK to Europe
and the World
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
- Immingham – a focal point of heavy industry and logistics
- Wolds villages – an area of outstanding natural beauty
Thanks to our maritime and fishing heritage, we are outward looking and
have traditionally had strong international links, especially with
Scandinavia, something that continues today with many commercial
partnerships. Distances from Greater Grimsby
Being 200 miles from London, Edinburgh and Rotterdam, means that we
Sheffield 60 96
are truly central to the UK and Europe.
Leeds 70 112
Our area is an integral part of the Humber region and enjoys close links Manchester 100 160
with the nearby cities of Hull and Lincoln.
Liverpool 130 209
Birmingham 130 209
London 160 257
UK’s Biggest Port
Rail and 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
million passengers to 30 destinations every year, with daily flights to
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, the world’s third largest international
consumers in a 4-hour drive
Ready and Willing
Growing Talent Pool
You’ll find a proven, hard-working, skilled labour-force here.
Greater Grimsby has a local workforce with:
90,000 people within a 15-minute catchment
350,000 within a 45-minute drive
Recent economic conditions mean that there is a ready-made labour-force, “People have the right attitude.
eager and willing to work.
They know that if they wait, the
Local workers have demonstrated over the years a willingness to adapt
and retrain to suit the needs of different industries. The area offers value of their work will drop. They
companies a range of skills and experience from specialist construction,
engineering and logistics, to laboratory-based research and development know that from the fishing industry
work and office jobs in global headquarters.
and it’s a good mindset. So far it
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 has been the best place in the UK
of the future. Several Centres of Vocational Excellence provide work-based
training ranging from engineering to broadcasting. to work out of.”
Jan Korff, Siemens
Where Global Giants
Mix With Local Firms
Established supply-chains and local networks.
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, BASF
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 with
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,
developing innovative packaging and storage solutions or manufacturing
drugs that help combat diabetes, Greater Grimsby is set to be at the heart
of new opportunities. 4,000
offshore wind turbines planned
for the North Sea
Offices, Units and
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
The inward investment team at North East Lincolnshire Council provides a
free service to help find the right property for your business.
lower property costs
Property and labour costs are among the lowest in the UK.
Greater Grimsby is a cost-effective business location. Compared with
similar locations, this area has the: Average Wage Industrial Rent Medium Office
£/annum) £/m2/annum £/m2/annum
- Lowest average wage costs
Grimsby 20,577 40 85
- Lowest industrial rents
- Lowest office costs Hull 22,122 45 100
In difficult times, the ability to keep your cost-base to a minimum helps to Lincoln 20,873 45 120
keep businesses afloat and protects jobs.
Nottingham 23,499 55 160
Living costs are low here too with housing among the cheapest in the
country, enabling a choice of urban and country lifestyle. Doncaster 21,420 50 155
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
compete with our rich diversity of historic towns, quaint villages, wildlife
sanctuaries, rolling hills and sandy beaches.
Our surrounding countryside is famous for its beauty, with the Lincolnshire
Wolds being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is
protected due to its "precious landscape" and "distinctive character".
English country pubs, historic churches and quaint villages are just a few
miles from the towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.
“The resort is taking care of people
The seaside town of Cleethorpes has been voted as one of the happiest
places to live in the UK. A 2008 survey ranked the town ninth out of 273 UK
who are making the most of the
districts, which is not surprising given the classic mix of sun, sea, and
weather and the places to visit.
Local shopping and nightlife attract millions of visitors from outside the area
We are making Cleethorpes a
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.
happy place to visit and live in.”
Robert Chalmers, Cleethorpes Resort Manager
Education For All
Choice and Quality
Success and excellence from primary to higher education.
Our local schools offer a wide choice for children of all abilities. In the most
recent league tables, three-quarters of local primary schools outperformed
the national average, while half of our schools and colleges outperformed “The reputation the Grimsby
the UK average at A’level.
Institute enjoys with employers,
There are a number of excellent grammar schools in Lincolnshire within
easy reach, that regularly achieve some of the best results in the country. students and Associate
For further and higher education, the Grimsby Institute offers a wide range Universities has been founded on
of courses and has particular strengths in vocational training with several
centres of excellence in fields ranging from automotive technology to digital the quality of our courses and the
media. The Institute is planning a £150 million programme of
development, enhancing links with local schools and creating modern excellent facilities.”
And Advice For
Your Next Project
How we can help.
Whether you're based in the UK or overseas, North East Lincolnshire
Council has a team of specialists waiting to help you. Our services are
provided free of charge on a completely confidential basis and include:
- helping you plan your expansion or relocation project
- providing research to help you make your decision
- advising on available sites and premises and development options
“The biggest single thing that
- organising personal tours of the area
- providing introductions and liaison with key local advisors
influenced the decision was the
- information about grants and financial assistance that may be available
availability of a skilled labour
For more information on how you can be a part of the Greater Grimsby
success story, contact:
force. We are very impressed and
Grimsby has a great reputation in
North East Lincolnshire Council
that area. This is an ideal location
for us and for our future growth.”
Rob Burnett, Daniels Group
(New Covent Garden Soup)
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