Centre for Food and Fresh Produce Logistics

Supporting Innovation, Training, and Growth for Boston Town Businesses

The Centre for Food and Fresh Produce Logistics offers fully funded support for businesses in the food and associated supply chain sectors including: agri-food technologies, port and logistics, equipment and technical services, engineering and packaging, manufacturing, and food service — including retailers and restaurants.

Delivery partners provide an outstanding resource base and work in collaboration with Boston businesses to identify growth needs and provide suitable solutions. Our aim is to enable businesses to prosper and grow through adoption of innovation, digital technologies, scientific research, training and development of workforce, products and process development, plus business advice.

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What are the Benefits?

Benefits are tailored to suit the needs of the business and employees with a focus on:

Business Support to Enhance Productivity, Profitability and Job Creation

Access to technical services and consultancy provided by a dedicated team of experts at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), Boston College, Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology, and the University of Lincoln's College of Health and Science. Project examples include: Digitalisation; Automation; Product Trials and New Product Development; Processes; Packaging; Robotics; Finance; Marketing; Crop Storage; Scientific Research; and General Business Consultancy.

Knowledge Transfer and Networking

Programme members benefit from business networking and knowledge sharing activities such as events, equipment demonstrations, masterclasses, and signposting to other sources of relevant support.

Workforce Development Through Enhancement of Skills and Knowledge

Boston College provides the lead for the development and delivery of training programmes to match the growth needs of programme businesses. Topics aim to upskill the workforce and enhance the effectiveness of business leadership and management. Sector activities will also campaign for career awareness, create a talent pipeline, and encourage new entrants. Some courses will be delivered via distance learning and course costs will be covered by the programme, therefore avoiding the main barriers to workforce development.

Capital Grants

Potential for Capital Grant funding contribution towards the purchase of equipment identified as required to meet project needs established during programme engagement. Up to 50% of purchase cost from a minimum of £2,000 to a maximum of £10,000 could be available, subject to application and panel approval.

Contact Us

To find out more, check eligibility, and to request a Business Enrolment Form, contact David Thorpe, Programme Manager at dthorpe@lincoln.ac.uk.

Delivered by the University of Lincoln, National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Boston College, Centre for Food & Fresh Produce Logistics.