Ports and Logistics

Greater Lincolnshire is a large geographical area with a population of over one million people. The Ports and Logistics sector employs around 18,000 workers, with a direct economic value to the Lincolnshire economy of £700 million per year.

The combined shipping ports of Grimsby and Immingham forms the second largest port in the United Kingdom, by tonnage, handling 54.7 tonnes of cargo every year. Grimsby and Immingham ports are based within a 45km radius, which in March 2021 was awarded “Freeport Status” which are a special economic zone to make it easier and cheaper to do business. They include infrastructure planning, customs and favorable duties and taxes. This status will lead to over 7,000 new jobs being created within the Freeport economic zone.

Just 200 miles from the global logistics hub of Rotterdam, North East Lincolnshire is a popular choice for short sea shipping solutions. There are also two smaller ports based within Boston and Sutton Bridge that provide easy access onto the A1 route as well as the East Coast main line rail link.

Humberside Airport which is located in North East Lincolnshire offers an air fright solution, however freight transport by road is the largest logistics activity which accounts for almost 8,000 jobs within the Region.

GAIN program support for the Ports and Logistics sector is varied, support has been provided within business planning, workforce planning, digital marketing, improving efficiencies, accessing international markets, as well as BREXIT advice.

Businesses that have already benefited from the support that the GAIN programme supplies have been hauliers, freight forwarders, taxi businesses, trailer part suppliers and couriers.

Jill Gilby GAIN project business advisor

Jill Gilby
Business Advisor within Ports, Logistics and Renewables.

I have over 25 years’ experience working with individuals and SME’s in all sectors, providing business planning, advice, and guidance. My background is in Business Management and Education, I taught the Institute of Leadership and Management for many years for companies across the UK and in New Zealand and spent 10 years teaching the PGCE.

My role at MODAL is as the specialist GAIN Business Advisor in Ports, Logistics and Renewables working in conjunction with E-Factor. This role allows me to use my knowledge and experience to work with local businesses to grow and sustain their companies and compliments my passion in the environment and sustainability. I took a break from this area of work for a few years but am thrilled to be back and working in the local community meeting new and exciting challenges. The role gives me so much satisfaction in assisting individuals and companies to achieve their goals.


Jim Cummings
Collect All Limited

“I would like to thank Lisa and the organisation for the help and guidance you gave me and my business when I reached out to you to fill a void in my cold sales experience.

Your selection of mentor proved to be ideal and the conveniently scheduled sessions went on to provide just what I was looking for.

I wish MODAL Training Centre a prosperous future.”

Tracey Gillett
UK Trailer Parts

“The GAIN project has provided an invaluable source of information over the past 12 months, Lisa has kept me up to date with available courses ranging from digital marketing strategy, to health and safety training, plus information on available grants to help businesses like ours. The courses have been well presented and informative with experienced trainers.

The help has been much appreciated, especially during these uncertain times. I certainly hope to work with Lisa and the team in the near future.”

Nicola Robinson
Recruitment and Consultancy

“Working with the GAIN project, we were partnered with an industry specialist who, whilst working with us delivered an invaluable, strategic approach for our marketing and business service direction. Whilst providing support and expert advice, they helped us to develop our in-house resource and establish a consistent brand identity across the business. I look forward to continuing to build my relationship with MODAL.”