14th October 2004

 

TECHNOLOGY PARK IS THE FUTURE OF FOOD

 

A new £2.8 million technology park will be unveiled in Holbeach later this month.

 

The University of Lincoln and Lincolnshire County Council have collaborated on the scheme to upgrade facilities at the university’s food science campus in the town.

 

The Holbeach Technology Park, which will be officially opened on Thursday 28th October, will support the food sector and the wider community in the south of the county by acting as a hub for food-related research and training in the area.

 

The park now features state-of-the-art IT facilities, food laboratories, space for more science-based vocational training and an incubator unit for start-up businesses.

 

The Holbeach Technology Park has already been designated a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) - a specialist centre for vocational provision recognised by the Learning and Skills Council.

 

The opening ceremony will be conducted by John Hayes, Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings, at 12 noon on Thursday 28th October.

 

Among the VIPs attending the event will be Councillor Ray Chapman of Lincolnshire County Council, Professor David Chiddick, Vice Chancellor at the university, and Mr Kelvin Bray CBE, Chairman of the Board of Governors at the university.

 

“This amazing new facility will enable us to provide a better service to the many food companies with which we have long-standing relationships,” said Gary Cook, Director of Research and Commercial Partnerships at the University of Lincoln.

 

“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.”

 

"Lincolnshire County Council was delighted to be able to lead the partnership which has delivered this imaginative technology park in the south of the county," said Councillor Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism.  

 

"Through this initiative we have been able to deliver business infrastructure and improved access to educational and vocational training all on one site. “We look forward to this becoming a focal point for the Lincolnshire food and drink industry."

 

The scheme has also benefited from a £300,000 grant from Lincolnshire Enterprise.

 

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

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk