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South Humber Industrial Investment Programme

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The South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP) is the most ambitious industrial project in North East Lincolnshire’s history.


The £42-million project has been developed by North East Lincolnshire Council and is being delivered by its regeneration partner ENGIE.

Through the development of the ‘ready-made’ Pioneer Business Park and five Enterprise Zones, the SHIIP project will create 189 hectares (467 acres) of developed land with 489,000sqm of built floor space, ready to receive investment both domestically and internationally.

Known as Britain’s Food Town, the North East Lincolnshire region, and particularly the South Humber Bank, has evolved its business portfolio. It stands today as an area that has some of the best Food Manufacturing companies in the UK, but which is also proud to house large players within sectors including Advanced Engineering, Offshore Renewables, Land-Based Power Generation and Ports & Logistics.

Businesses are thriving here, benefitting from great transport links, skilled workforces, low overheads, and a local council authority which champions enterprise and the local economy.

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“Officers have been diligent and rigorous in their assessment of the planning application, challenging and pushing our team to produce the best application possible, which is exactly what we expected they would do. But they have also worked with us in a spirit of collaboration throughout and have made what can often be a difficult and adversarial process a much more efficient and effective one for both parties. We have also found councillors of all political stripes to be engaged and well informed. Every councillor is clearly driven by a desire to do what is best for the region, putting aside politics to support an application that will bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs to the local economy.”

Spokesperson for Velocys
Velocys is building its first European green jet fuel refinery on the South Humber Bank

SHIIP: The Three Elements

There are three main elements to the £42m SHIIP project and they are all designed to aid businesses in their relocation or growth along North East Lincolnshire’s South Humber Bank…

The new 64-hectare Pioneer Business Park: Sited between Immingham and Grimsby, this new ‘oven-ready’ park is supported by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (HLEP). With burgeoning green-energy firm myenergi already secured as an anchor tenant, businesses interesting will be helped every step of the way in expansion or new development here

A new Humber Bank Link Road: Infrastructure is critical for any business success and here we have a new £8m highway. This new road, supported by monies from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, (GLLEP),  will provide a vital link between the ports of Grimsby and Immingham, cutting journey time, providing an alternative to other busier routes and open up undeveloped land, which lies within Enterprise Zones.

Mitigation Site: The jewel in SHIIP’s crown is the new Cress Marsh mitigation site. Unique and the only project of its kind in Europe, in 2020 it won the Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment award at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence. Cress Marsh, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and GLLEP, offers significant advantages in time and cost for businesses wanting to develop within the SHIIP area.

Construction of new building on industrial park
Ecological mitigation site

The South Humber Industrial Investment Programme offers fantastic investment opportunities for UK businesses looking to relocate and international businesses looking to enter the UK. Combined with a council authority that have a desire to invest and work with business, South Humber truly is Britain’s best industrial base.