Overview

The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone at a Glance

The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone is a hub designed to advance the food-tech and food manufacturing sectors. It is made up of the Centre of Excellence in Agri-Food Technology, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, and The Hub Business and Innovation Centre. South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone was funded by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Midlands Engine, Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council.

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The History of the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone

This timeline highlights key milestones, significant achievements, and the continuous development that has led to us becoming a national hub for innovation.

Distillery Farm, 1926

Mint Farm

The land on which the Food Enterprise Zone is now situated used to be a peppermint distillery dating back to the early 1900s. There were 10 to 12 acres of peppermint grown at the farm, to which coriander and dill were added for the production of gripe water (a preparation intended to cure infants’ stomach ailments.

Initial Concept, 2015

FEZ Illustration Concept

The concept of the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) was first proposed to enhance the local agri-tech and food manufacturing sectors.

Construction Begins, 2017

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Construction of the Peppermint Junction roundabout (A17/A151 junction) commences, as well as the A151 access roundabout jointly funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Lincolnshire County Council (LCC).

Agri-Food Centre, 2018

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The University of Lincoln took 2.8 acres for its Agri-Food Centre of Excellence.

Further Construction, 2019

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The construction of the estate road and utility infrastructure commences, including Peppermint Way and part of Cibus Way, jointly funded by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Midlands Engine, and LCC.

Expanding the FEZ, 2020

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The University of Lincoln commences construction of its Centre of Excellence, and the construction of Peppermint Way and part of Cibus Way is completed.

Construction Finalising, 2021

Centre of Excellence Building

The final section of Cibus Way construction was completed as well as the University’s Centre of Excellence. Phase II is secured, leading to The Hub planning application being approved and construction commencing.

FEZ Officially Opens, 2022

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