Food Sector

In Greater Lincolnshire, the food processing and wholesale sector is a large and progressive industry. The sector employs over 20,000 workers and it accounts for almost 5% of the UKs total employment.  The sector is worth a staggering £1.294b to the local economy.

Grimsby is the centre of fish manufacturing in the UK, with the largest national fish processing facilities residing in North East Lincolnshire, employing over 5,700 people. It is also the hub for over 100 independent mobile fish vans, who travel nationally on a daily/weekly basis to over 200 customers each.

We work closely with the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association to offer help and support in areas such as EU Exit planning, supply chain, employment law and gaining an online presence.

Because of the excellent local produce in Greater Lincolnshire, there is also a large concentration of food outlets, from Michelin starred restaurants to small eateries. Each one has individual needs ranging from food hygiene regulations and marketing planning to changes in labelling laws.

Through the GAIN programme, we work closely with these small to medium businesses that are innovative, forward thinking and often trend setting, along with many that are well established and looking to continue growing or looking to diversify. The businesses are food manufacturers, fish producers, cafes, restaurants, take-away businesses, home delivery, mobile fish vans, packaging suppliers, process consultants to the industry and many others in the wider food sector.

frozen fish in boxes on ice in supermarket or store


A small to medium sized business in logistics, ports or renewables, or a support service for this sector.

  • Based in Greater Lincolnshire
  • Under 250 employees
  • Balance sheet under 43 million Euros