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Economy and Workforce

North East Lincolnshire is on the south bank of the Humber estuary – the centre of the growing renewables industry in the UK. The North East Lincolnshire towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham, and surrounding villages offer very different things. But taken as a package, they combine to offer cost-effective, well-connected business locations within a few miles of stunning countryside and a great place to live.

We have:

  • The largest port per tonnage in the United Kingdom
  • The largest concentration of food companies
  • Largest seafood processing cluster in Northern Europe
  • Fantastic renewable energy opportunities
  • Large strategic employment sites
  • Among the lowest operating costs

Facts and figures:

  • An estimated 157,200 (2021) people live in North East Lincolnshire, 8,600 aged 15-19.
  • North East Lincolnshire covers an area of 192 square kilometres (74 square miles)
  • There are around 4,745 business across Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham
  • There are 66,000 employee jobs in the area
  • In 2022, the average annual gross salary for full-time work is £28,784
  • 70% of seafood processed in the UK each year comes from Grimsby.

North East Lincolnshire’s key employment sectors:

  • Public administration, education and health 29.2%
  • Retail, distribution, hotels & restaurants 24.2%
  • Manufacturing 16.7%
  • Transportation and storage 7.6%
  • Construction, energy, and water 5.9%
  • Professional, scientific, and technical activities 4.5%

The Humber is covered by 4 areas on both sides of the Humber Estuary which are:

  • Kingston upon Hull
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North East Lincolnshire

The Humber is important to the UK economy, with everything from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum.

Businesses continue to invest and thrive in the Humber because of the strategic UK coastal location and global connectivity.

North East Lincolnshire is the destination of choice for a range of global businesses from sectors such as Food Manufacturing, Chemicals and Energy.

The combined port of Grimsby and Immingham handles 11% of all the UK’s cargo. Immingham is the busiest port by tonnage in the UK and the Humber is one of the busiest and fastest-growing trading areas in Europe.

The Port of Grimsby is one of the UK’s leading automotive ports and a major hub for the offshore wind industry. It also continues to handle a range of other cargoes, while retaining strong links to the fishing and food industries.

Each year more than 800,000 vehicles are carried through our ports with over 4,800 people employed within Ports and Logistics in North East Lincolnshire.

Cleethorpes and the East Coast strip are dominated by the leisure and tourism industry. Learn more at Discover North East Lincolnshire.

Click here to view the latest Office for National Statistics economic data for North East Lincolnshire