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South Humber – A Great Manufacturing Location

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The UK’s largest port per tonnage, providing fast access to International markets

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Double the national average of process manufacturing workers (% of workforce)

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Significant rent and land cost savings versus other key UK locations

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Fast road access to England’s major locations within 1 HGV driver shift

South Humber is the UK’s most exciting ‘challenger location’ for manufacturing companies.

The area’s combination of fast access to UK and international markets, a highly skilled technical workforce, substantial labour and property cost savings, rivals the UK’s established advanced manufacturing locations – and in fact frequently surpasses them.

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South Humber is the promotional brand behind attracting investment to the local authority area of North East Lincolnshire. With a population of over 159,000, North East Lincolnshire covers 191.9km and includes the main towns for Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.

North East Lincolnshire itself hugs a stretch of the Humber Estuary, which is one of the busiest channels for shipping in the UK. The Port of Immingham alone is the UK’s largest port by tonnage, handling around 46 million tonnes of cargo every year.

Skilled Labour Supply

Available Manufacturing Workforce

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Source: ONS, UK Government, 2018 (employees; Travel to Work Areas)

As a percentage of all employees, South Humber’s manufacturing workforce is double the Great Britain average and larger than those in major UK advanced, aerospace and automotive manufacturing locations, including Coventry and Birmingham.

chart showing percentage of workers who are process plant and machine operatives

Source: ONS, UK Government, 2020 (% of all in employment; Travel to Work Areas)

South Humber’s skilled technical workforce is shown by a higher percentage of workers in the key ‘process, plant and machine operatives’ category than key advanced manufacturing, aerospace and automotive manufacturing locations (more than 2x the Great Britain average).

Transport Links

Humberside Airport (HUY) is located just 7 miles from Immingham, providing:

• 3 x daily, 7 days-per-week ‘hub-feeder’ services to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) airport – enabling fast connections to more than 800 global destinations (with KLM and Sky Team Partners)
• 4 x daily, 6 days-per-week services to Aberdeen (ABZ) (Eastern

The Port of Immingham provides direct sea freight connections to European and international destinations, including:

• 40+ lo-lo (container) and ro-ro services per week to Northern Europe, Scandinavia and Iceland
• Deep-sea feeder operations to Rotterdam, providing fast, frequent onward services to global markets

Both Grimsby and Immingham ports are connected to the UK rail network, with more than 300 rail freight movements per week handled at Immingham terminal. Both ports now benefit from W12 gauge rail access, enabling the transportation of ‘high cube’ containers.

A central UK location providing fast motorway access to the M180, M18, M62 and M1/A1 via the A180. 90,000 people live within a 15-minute catchment of North East Lincolnshire and 350,000 within a 45-minute drive.

All of England’s major conurbations are accessible in less than 4.5 hours by HGV (i.e. one driver shift).

Business Support

The South Humber team of inward investment experts help companies identify their best possible business location in North East Lincolnshire and implement their relocation or expansion project as efficiently as possible.

Services are free of charge, bespoke and confidential delivered directly by our team and through a network of professional business partners. Visit our dedication Business Support page to see the full list of services our Business Support team can offer you.

Next Steps…

Want to discuss your plans for relocation or expansion with one of our team of investment experts? Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch. We aim to respond to all business enquiries within 48-hours.