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Backing our businesses

Smaller businesses are the backbone of the county economy - and the council is doing all it can to help them thrive after Brexit

From hotels to hairdressers, corner shops to cafes, and farms to factories, they cover every aspect of local life. In all, Lincolnshire’s 28,000 small and medium-sized enterprises account for 99.7% of all registered businesses. It’s also estimated they employ around 75% of the local workforce. With theUK’s departure from the EU approaching, it’s a time of new challenges - and new opportunities. Here’s how the council is helping our businesses flourish. Visit to learn more.

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Experienced advisers

Run in partnership with the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub is a one-stop advice shop. Its team of dedicated advisers offer free, impartial help, working with firms to draw up and put growth plans into action. In addition, its website is packed with information, including a calendar of upcoming events and support programmes, many of which are free.

Financial support

The council runs a range of grant schemes, as well as signposting firms to alternative sources of funding. In the past, Lincolnshire has benefited from EU funding for economic development, but this is likely to stop after Brexit. However, the UK also won’t be contributing to the EU budget anymore, meaning the Government will have extra millions to spend. The council is lobbying hard to ensure the county gets its fair share of that money.

Closing the skills gap

If local businesses are to succeed, it’s essential they can recruit staff with the right skills. Current forecasts suggest that over the next decade there will be around 200,000 job opportunities across Lincolnshire resulting from economic growth and people retiring. And to ensure that businesses can fill these vacancies, the council is working closely with others so there are a range of schemes to help young people develop the necessary skills. But this work isn’t just limited to the next generation - the council also supports adults looking to improve and diversify their skills.

Support for exports

As the world becomes ever more globalised and digital, the potential for local businesses to reach out to lucrative new markets has never been greater. After Brexit, the UK will be in a position to begin forming its own trade relationships with countries around the world. And the council and its partners are already working hard to establish new relationships with other countries, bringing new opportunities for our businesses. We’re also preparing a Made in Lincolnshire brochure showcasing the area’s top manufacturers, including Guttridge Ltd (pictured), from Spalding.

The right infrastructure

Good roads and good broadband are essential for a thriving economy. That’s why the council continues to invest in major highways projects, like the Lincoln Eastern Bypass and the Grantham Southern Relief Road. The authority also leads the onlincolnshire project, which is on target to extend superfast coverage to 97% of the county by the end of 2019. In addition, the authority manages a range of offices, business centres, industrial units and commercial land.

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Last updated: 29 June 2017

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