More than 100 firms back initiative aimed at bringing more investment and jobs to North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire Place Marketing Board members, pictured at the launch of the Ambassador programme
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jan 2018
More than 100 businesses have signed up to back an initiative aimed at bringing significant investment and new jobs into North Lincolnshire.
The North Lincolnshire Ambassador Programme was launched earlier this month and asks firms to become advocates for the region.
The scheme, led by the North Lincolnshire places marketing board, will see businesses collectively celebrate and champion the strength and depth of the local economy, the skills base available and the infrastructure which will support investment.
Since the launch event, a total of 111 firms have signed up to back the initiative, with more than a third pledging their support following the launch and others joining from the North Lincolnshire Business Network.
Nina Stobart, of Phillips 66, is chair of the Ambassador programme.
She said: "Let’s be proud of the area.
"Where we live is a fantastic place, we’ve got the most amazing countryside, villages and towns.
"We’ve got brilliant industries; we’ve got great investment coming in already and this is our starting point.
"And if this is our starting point, where are we going to go from here? It’s such an exciting time to be part of."
The launch event was attended by around 240 people and included a variety of speakers, as well as the premiere of the Space to Grow film, showcasing North Lincolnshire and highlighting its future potential.
North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "The purpose of the Ambassador programme is to make sure that people understand North Lincolnshire is a great place to do business.
"It has to be business driven. We've got some really big players in the industry, from national and international companies to some great small and medium enterprises, who are the bedrock of our local economy.
"They all want to help strengthen the local economy and promote their business.
"I was heartened by the enthusiasm shown at the launch and this needs to continue.
"For me, this is about making sure that the businesses buy into this because they are the ones who have got the most to benefit.
"It is local businesses that will seal the deal and keep us thriving as a local economy."
The next meeting of the Ambassadors is set to be held at 5.30pm on Thursday, February 22, at a venue which is yet to be confirmed.
Among the items on the agenda will be a session on promoting business through the Northern Lincolnshire Business Awards.
For more information about the Ambassador programme or to join it, go to www.northlincsplace.co.uk