LEP to create new Manufacturing Board

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Manufacturing ambassadors are being sought to become part of a new board to promote the sector in Greater Lincolnshire.

The Manufacturing Board is the latest group to be set up by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP), which is also supported by other strategic expert boards including a Food Board, a Water Management Board and a Visitor Economy Board.

The Manufacturing Board will take the lead on strategy for the sector and give focus to the delivery of the LEP’s Manufacturing Plan, which was approved in autumn 2016 and is currently being refreshed.

The board will report in to the LEP as strategic board group and its aim will be to shape and influence future manufacturing in Greater Lincolnshire.

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 21 and board members are expected to meet four times a year, and the first meeting is scheduled for May 2017.

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Steve Middlebrough, Global Head of Service Manufacturing for Siemens, who will chair the board, said: “Greater Lincolnshire has a vibrant and successful manufacturing sector which is worth £3.4 billion a year, or 20% of our total economic value.

“The sector employs 57,000 people, which adds up to 14% of all employment in Greater Lincolnshire. It is a vital industry for our area and one which presents the best opportunities for growth.

“That’s why we’re creating this board. Manufacturing can make a real and positive change to Lincolnshire’s economy, delivering growth, creating jobs and driving inward investment.

“Our aim is to focus our efforts and give the sector the support it needs to thrive post-Brexit.”