3rd October 2003

 

£300K BOOST FOR HOLBEACH FOOD SCIENCE PARK

 

The planned Food Science Park at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus was given a boost today by the announcement of a £300,000 grant.

 

The grant will enable Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln to further support the food sector and the wider community in the south of the county and underpin local and regional economic development strategies. 

 

Overall the proposed project – which has received grants of over £1 million from the county council and the European Commission -will cost in the region of £2,781,000. It will modernise and expand the current accommodation to provide state of the art IT facilities, high-tech food laboratories and space to allow additional science based vocational training.

 

The flexible accommodation will enable local companies and workers to improve their skills, helping them to stay competitive and the planned IT centre will help to provide up-to-date training for the local population as a whole.

 

The University of Lincoln’s Food Science Park will also include an incubator for start-up businesses and serviced land for larger scale investments. It aims to become a hub for food-related research and training in the area by providing space for companies involved in technical and scientific consultancy services. 

 

“The university is delighted to be working with Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Enterprise to develop the Food Science Park at Holbeach,” said Gary Cook, Director of Commercial Partnerships at the University of Lincoln.

 

“This wonderful new facility will enable us to provide a better service to the many food companies with which we have long-standing commercial relationships. It will provide a focus for food-related training, R&D and consultancy in South Holland and will open up new educational opportunities for the wider community.”

 

Peter Bright, Executive Director of Lincolnshire Enterprise said: “Lincolnshire Enterprise is very pleased to support this project to develop the food sector in South Holland.  The Food Science Park will be major step forward for the economy of the whole county, with significant potential for improved graduate retention as a result and an increase in the number of high-tech spin-off companies”

 

Councillor Mrs Betty Harvey OBE, portfolio holder for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, commented: “These resources are the last piece of the Holbeach funding jigsaw and we are delighted that the project will now be able to proceed for the benefit of the whole food cluster in South Lincolnshire”

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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