Digital Industries Proposition
Greater Grimsby is an emerging centre for digital media and broadcasting.
Greater Grimsby offers:
the largest TV studio space in the region
a centre of excellence for media production and training
cutting-edge content providers
the UK’s longest-running local TV channel
experts in satellite, cable and digital platforms
partnerships with the industry’s biggest names
a diverse range of proven film locations
high speed broadband
So, if you’re looking for the optimum location for:
Greater Grimsby is the natural choice.
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
Vibrant Centre of
If you want to be close to the future of media, look no further.
Greater Grimsby has a long history of innovation in digital media,
influencing a growing community of talented young people, award-winning
companies and state-of-the-art facilities.
Partnerships with the BBC, ITV, Sony and the Press Association enable
this area to punch above its weight with programming that reaches millions
The area offers film-makers a superb choice of locations backed up with
access to a skilled talent pool and facilities which have seen been used in
In addition, there is a growing community of media and arts creatives who
form a regional network providing support, knowledge exchange and
interaction for the area’s award-winning talent.
in the Area
Greater Grimsby has state-of-the-art TV production and
Immage Studios is a production centre and hub of creative TV,
broadcast technology and new media innovation. The Immingham based
facility owned by North East Lincolnshire Council and leased to the
Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, consists of a 2,700
sq ft broadcast TV studio with full production support, HD edit suites and
a digital broadcast transmission facility. The studio building is home to
Propeller TV and Channel 7 and outputs over 3,500 hours of broadcast
programming a year to the SKY satellite and Virgin Media cable
Immage Studios is also home to a range of companies offering services
that include media training, studio hire, digital broadcast consultancy and
commercial TV production and broadcast programming.
Channel 7 production company has a host of top corporate clients and
has produced TV commercials, broadcast programmes, corporate
promotional material, e-learning packages and new media solutions.
hours of broadcasting output each year
Ensuring a pipeline of new talent for the industry.
The Yorkshire & Humber Media Academy is made up of a partnership of
the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education’s East Cost Media,
the University of Bradford and The National Media Museum.
“Skillset started this initiative to
Skillset – the sector skills council for the creative media industries –
find the best media centres in the
established the Skillset Media Academies in response to the television
and interactive media industries’ desire to develop lasting partnerships
country. This is a great
with further & higher education institutions. The Academies provide an
answer to industry’s need for fresh talent and innovation and to set new
achievement for Bradford and
standards in higher education for the design and delivery of practise-
Grimsby and will ensure our
The aim is to provide practice-based and industry-endorsed world-class
region is providing the media
media education and provide an answer for the media industry’s need
for fresh talent and innovation.
moguls of the future.”
Tom Gutteridge, Television Executive
Centre for Media
Industry-approved hands-on training is available.
East Coast Media of the Grimsby Institute provides a wide range of
undergraduate and postgraduate programmes alongside high quality
professional media training.
One of only 22 Skillset Media Academies in the UK, selected through
rigorous application and evaluation processes and assessed by industry
evaluators, reflecting their excellence and highlighting their exceptional
“What makes East Coast Media’s courses
links with the media industry. stand out is the way they are so focused
The department boasts excellent facilities, many of which are coveted by on the real world of the media. The content
industry partners, including a television studio on campus, over 200
Apple multimedia and digital video stations, a digital photographic studio of the courses is relevant to today’s rapidly
and darkroom facilities. Students are taught by specialist staff, who all
have industry experience before coming into lecturing. Also, East Coast
changing environment, putting students in
Media offers excellent work placement possibilities across the country,
industry master classes and excellent networking opportunities thus
prime position to get jobs in what is a very
putting students in an excellent position to make sure the skills learnt are competitive sector.”
relevant to current and future media industry needs.
Tony Johnston, Head of Training, The Press Association
National names creating local content.
North East Lincolnshire boasts a vibrant and growing production sector
including East Coast Pictures run by former Director of Entertainment for
Sony Pictures, Julia Thompson. The company produces Entertainment
and Factual Entertainment programmes for local broadcast and
maintains strong links with major industry networks.
East Coast Pictures aims to promote and encourage links between local
businesses and TV professionals across the region, making the benefits
of television and an online presence available to all via the local TV
channel, Seven and online.
The area is also home to a range of developing new media companies
benefiting from the superior connectivity experienced in North East
Channel in UK
A new concept in community broadcasting.
Seven is the longest running community TV channel in the UK. It is a
community interest company that works closely with local people to
deliver television made by and for the community. The channel has
developed links with public and private sector companies and works
closely with the Grimsby Institute to provide broadcast media work
placements and training opportunities for students.
Channel 7 launched in January 1998 and broadcasts from Immage
Studios in Immingham on to the Virgin cable network channel 879 and
reaches approximately 140,000 homes across North and North East
Lincolnshire. Seven is also available online at www.channel7tv.co.uk
Following 10 years of successful broadcasting the channel continues to
produce and schedule programmes that directly or indirectly support,
enhance, promote or deliver local concerns & initiatives that raise
educational attainment, regenerate communities, develop the arts, reduce
unemployment and develop the economy.
Broadcast from Immingham, propeller TV
Since its launch in February 2006, the TV channel has gone from
strength to strength. Following its sale in 2009, bringing investment to Sky 195
the region, the channel continues to support the short film industry.
Propeller TV has now expanded its programming to cover music,
comedy, drama, lifestyle and documentaries, reaching a much wider UK
and European audience.
The TV channel continues to be a resource for professional
development, creating jobs and opportunities within the region.
The new channel owners have an additional objective to promote
cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the UK and China,
thus increasing the opportunity for inward investments in the area.
Diverse Choice of
Proven location that can meet the requirements of major
The Grimsby area has a proven track record as a film location with
recent successful titles such as Atonement and This is England being
part-filmed here. It offers a wide range of diverse scenery ranging from
major industrial and port settings and gritty urban streets through to
rolling countryside and stunning coastline and beaches.
With access to film and production crew and extensive studio facilities,
and with our well-connected transport links, this area offers outstanding
opportunities for film-making.
Our partners at Screen Yorkshire can support your production in a
number of ways, for example, by finding locations, sourcing crew and
facilities, securing permissions, liaising with councils and negotiating
with hotels on your behalf.
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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