Working in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire is situated on the East Coast of England and stretches from the Humber to the Wash. Covering an area of 5921 square kilometres, it is the UK’s fourth largest county. Its location means it is accessible to the whole of the UK and has easy links into Europe.
One of the most important decisions in life is choosing where you are going to live and work. Each year thousands of people choose to come to Lincolnshire, primarily, for the quality of life it has to offer. There is a real mix of bustling historic market towns, idyllic villages, miles of unspoilt coastline, areas of tremendous natural beauty and time to relax.
Not only this, but a diverse and fast growing economy, a healthy environment, low crime rates, affordable housing and good educational facilities.
Lincolnshire has a diverse economy. Many people perceive Lincolnshire as an agricultural county which, is quite rightly so as it has swathes of fertile, arable land and it produces more crops than any other county in Britain.
However, Lincolnshire has diversified into many other economic sectors; these include engineering,manufacturing and service sectors. Another important aspect of the county’s economy is the number of armed forces’ bases located here.
Lincolnshire has such a diverse business base that it makes it one of its greatest strengths as a place to live and work.
Working in Lincolnshire
The sheer diversity of employment opportunities in Lincolnshire make it a superb place to locate, while many more people choose to live here - enjoying the quality of life and affordable housing.
The County has dedicated significant resources in the last few years to stimulate growth in new sectors, harnessing millions of European and public money to incubate new businesses, encourage companies to add value to their production processes and to create high quality working space for modern businesses - at costs well below the regional and national averages.
Lincolnshire is diverse in character and beauty against a rural backdrop; the main centres are growing and diversifying fast. From Lincoln, the stunning Cathedral City, through to historic market towns such as Boston, Grantham, Stamford, Louth,Sleaford and Gainsborough, to bustling coastal towns like Skegness. Whether you are looking to set up a business here, advance your career, or seeking a secure, relaxed base to raise a family, Lincolnshire has so much to offer.
Whether your idea of a great day out is bird watching or motorbike racing, water-skiing or walking, it’s all on offer in Lincolnshire. The County’s many outdoor activities, of course, all take place against the backdrop of one of Britain’s most scenic landscapes.
The coastline is famous for its long sandy beaches, and there are many resorts - some small and quiet, others geared for an active family day out - to choose from. The coast is also one of the many places in Lincolnshire from which to observe the wealth of wildlife that makes its home here.
Good quality horse racing is to be enjoyed at Market Rasen, motor racing at Cadwell Park and international horse trials at nearby Burghley. The world’s 30th highest-rated golf courses is to be found at Woodhall Spa - one of the many golf courses in the County. But of course, for many of us, the perfect way to spend a relaxing lunchtime or evening is in a grand old English pub and you really are spoilt for choice in Lincolnshire, where you can enjoy fine local produce and some of the country’s best real ales. All this, plus regular market days, fair days and festivals, children’s activity days and road shows, touring dramas and music events there really is something for everyone in Lincolnshire. For more information please visit: www.visitlincolnshire.com
Education and learning
For almost every family, the quality of the local state education system is of prime importance. The development of the UK into a “knowledge-driven economy” has made it essential for every young person to be given maximum accessibility to good education – from nursery right through to university, and beyond into adult education.
Here, Lincolnshire scores very highly. In a recent “quality of life” survey amongst local people, education was given the highest rating. Quality and the achievement of high standards characterise the work of pupils in the County.
Lincolnshire remains one of the few areas in the UK to retain Grammar Schools,and also has an increasing range of schools with specialist status, from Technology to Arts. There is also a good choice of junior and secondary schools provided by the independent private sector.
In Lincolnshire you can now apply online for a school place for your child. The system is available to Lincolnshire residents whose children are due to start primary school in reception, or transfer to secondary school.
Children with special needs are also well catered for with increasing emphasis on making the right provision within the setting of mainstream school.
When you are moving house to Lincolnshire, or another area of Lincolnshire, one of the first things you should do - even before you arrive if possible - is to try to arrange a place for your child in a new school.
You should ask the Head teacher of the school you prefer whether there is a place for your child. You should be aware that:
- places that are available when you first approach schools may be taken up before you move in
- places will not be offered until you have made a legal commitment to move (this means exchange of contracts on a house purchase, or signature of a tenancy agreement in the case of a rented property)
- places can only be held for a limited time (normally a maximum of six school weeks)
Our Further and Higher Education establishments play a fundamental role in developing young people into the Lincolnshire professionals and trades people of tomorrow. The presence of our specialist colleges and the expansion of Lincoln University has also meant that young people from all over the world are coming to live in the county.
Whatever your educational needs, from nursery to university, Lincolnshire can help you achieve your goals.
Less than two hours by road and rail from London, Lincolnshire is accessible for everyone.