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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 confidentially delivered directly by our team and through a network of professional business partners.

Our services to investing businesses include


  • Commercial property, premises and land search service
  • Access to information on grants, funding and finance
  • Helping with workforce recruitment and skills development
  • Providing familiarisation tours to help you make the most of North East Lincolnshire’s offer
  • Working as a strategic partner and consultant with your project team
  • Help to manage the relationship between businesses and council departments e.g. planning, environmental considerations and access to initiatives and grants
  • Providing local market intelligence through up to date information.
  • Business relocation and market information
  • Listings of relevant local suppliers

Aftercare Programme

  • Encouraging business retention, support and growth
  • Expansion opportunities
  • Support and advice when applying for grants
  • Introduction to business networks and other business professionals

Strategic Activity

  • Support to development and growth board groups through a sector based approach. Groups include, Grimsby Renewables Partnership, Visitor Economy Services and Retail Group, Humber Chemical Focus, Housing and Development  Board and Seafood Grimsby and Humber.
  • Policy and strategy development  e.g. Local Plan, Economic Strategy, Town Centres Investment Plan,  Transport Strategy and Flood Strategy.
  • Interactions with Government and LEPs e.g. Greater Grimsby Project and Devolution Deals
  • Strategic Interventions for business growth e.g. South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, Enterprise Zones, Food Enterprise Zone, Local Growth Fund, Regional Growth Fund, Community Energy, Coastal Communities Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund 
  • Inward Investment Support
  • Skills and Workforce Development
  • Economic horizon scanning

South Humber Investment Specialists

Member of the investment team Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

Inward Investment Manager
maggie.johnson@nelincs.gov.uk
01472 324461

Member of the investment team David Robinson

David Robinson

Lead Investment Officer david.robinson@nelincs.gov.uk
01472 324605

Member of the investment team Rachael Markham

Rachael Markham

Lead Investment Officer
rachael.markham@nelincs.gov.uk
01472 324698


“We work hard to ensure that new investors to the area have as ‘soft a landing’ as possible. The SHIIP programme has done this on the ground, with the provision of our mitigation sites, but we are also keen that our team becomes an active part of your team during the investment process, so that your investment benefits from our experience, knowledge and capability. To deliver this aim you will have a dedicated single point of contact from the Investment Team at North East Lincolnshire Council who will ensure that the necessary hurdles all investors have to jump such as Planning are delivered professionally and as collaboratively as you require. This approach has proved positive as new investors have become established and have remained over many years active partners with our team.”
Maggie Johnson, Head of Economy and Funding, North East Lincolnshire Council

Get in touch

Our team of investment experts can be contacted direct using the contact details provided above, or alternatively you can contact us using our contact form. We aim to respond to all business enquiries within 48-hours.