Catch up on the latest business news from around North Lincolnshire.

From apprentice engineer to entrepreneur – James finds cure for debilitating disease

5 November 2018

A young North Lincolnshire man has defied the medical profession and found a natural cure for Crohn’s disease, after years of suffering the chronic illness. The entrepreneur has now set up his own business, Henrys Health Hub, to help others and is looking to expand.

James Cook-Coulson (26) first discovered he had the disease after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which turned out to be Crohn’s disease. The prognosis was grim – he was offered steroids and immune suppressants and was told if that didn’t work he would have to have his large intestine removed and part of his small intestine and a colostomy bag fitted. He was also told he had a 50 per cent chance of dying. At the time James was just 21 years old.

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Event to attract local businesses, job and training opportunities

10 October 2018

North Lincolnshire Council is holding a mid-tender supplier event for companies who have expressed an interest in highways and construction work potentially worth £150m. The event takes place at the Baths Hall on Thursday 11 October 9.30am until 3pm.

Businesses attending should by now have registered an interest to be on the council’s Highways & Construction framework. Those who haven’t yet registered can still do so. They have until 26 October and can register at

The value of the jobs range from under £100 to up to £10m. There are new Lots for disabled adaptations and roofing works and renewal of general building work, repairs and maintenance, plus road improvement works.

The drop-in style event will give those that have registered the opportunity to:

  • Check Constructionline status and discuss Constructionline queries with a knowledgeable representative
  • Understand the bidding process
  • Ask questions via an enquiry form

There will also be a short presentation, repeated throughout the event that explains the application process.

Those wishing to attend should reserve their place on Eventbrite. You will need to indicate your preferred presentation time – 10am, 11am or 1pm.

It is expected that the council will, through a competitive bidding process, award the contracts in December 2018 ready to start work from April 2019.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be in with a chance of securing low, medium or high value contracts to carry out highways and construction work for the council over the next four to six years.

“The event on Thursday is for those who have already registered to be on the council’s Construction & Highways framework. Though there is still time to register at

“With work potentially worth £150m on offer, this is not to be sniffed at and those lucky enough to be awarded one or more contracts will be helping bring local jobs and training opportunities.”

Business unit plans submitted to transform Sawcliffe Industrial Estate

24 September 2018

Goodwin & Tucker Ltd via its principle contractor Evergreen Group UK ltd has submitted a planning application that, if approved, would see an 8.5 acre site on Sawcliffe Industrial site in Scunthorpe transformed to open up opportunities for businesses.

The company plans to develop the industrial estate by creating commercial space that is affordable, functional and makes a bold design statement.

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The Cartwright Group announces expansion plans in North Lincolnshire

24 September 2018

One of the UK’s leading trailer, commercial vehicle body and conversion manufacturers, the Cartwright Group, has announced the acquisition of a 26 acre site in North Lincolnshire to create a new flagship base for Cartwright Conversions Ltd (Conversions).

Led by Group MD, Mark Cartwright, the Cartwright Group currently build trailers and commercial vehicle bodies at its 38 acre site in Altrincham and Cartwright Conversions operates from Doncaster. The Group which includes Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Fleet Services and Cartwright Finance has increased turnover from £89m to £150m over the last 4 years and predicts almost £170m in 2018/19.

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Opportunity to bid for Council contracts potentially worth £150m

21 September 2018

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are being given the opportunity to bid for various construction and highways contracts for North Lincolnshire Council work - potentially worth in total £150m over six years.

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Could you be part of supply chain for potential £80m solar farm investment?

12 September 2018

INRG Solar are looking for local businesses to supply services as part of the supply chain for a potential major new solar energy development in North Lincolnshire.

Subject to planning approval, the planned £80m investment could create 150 jobs during the construction of a new solar farm on private land near Santon on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

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Research your China potential without leaving your desk

12 September 2018

We are all aware that there is massive potential for UK companies to do business with China. Are you interested but unsure how well-suited your products or services are to the Chinese market? The Department for International Trade will try to establish this for you and offer to do some initial research on your behalf, but you will need to act quickly!

If you would like to take part, all you need to do at this stage is submit your current electronic sales material by Friday 14 September 2018 and we will take it from there.

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Public engagement – Draft North Lincolnshire Prosperity Plans

18 July 2018

Have your say on the vision and priorities identified for growth and prosperity in #northlincs over the next five years to 2023. Over the next 20 years, we want to increase prosperity in North Lincolnshire by supporting and enabling economic and housing growth, increasing visitor numbers, investing in infrastructure, and enabling a highly skilled workforce.

Closing date for comments is 21 September 2018.

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Opportunity to open your own live escape rooms

6 July 2018

Enigma, a family owned and run live escape business, is looking for a franchisees to join the family.

Escape the room games may have started life as a Japanese craze, but have since proved hugely popular as an offbeat activity in the UK. And this year, Enigma Rooms plan to unlock an opportunity in Scunthorpe.

If you'd like to be part of the UK’s fastest growing recognisable escape brands contact Nick at:

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Can your business support British Steel? Special event in Scunthorpe to find the right companies

27 June 2018

Support for manufacturing operations is being sought by British Steel, with the company keen to embrace the latest technology.

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Home county's boost for construction portfolio

27 June 2018

Building and structural engineering company Britcon has completed two new office build projects worth £1.2 million in northern Lincolnshire.

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Event launches £2m fund to support people into work as first applications for cash are invited

26 June 2018

A £2 million funding pot to help get people get back into work in targeted areas of Scunthorpe has been launched at an event in the town.

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Heathrow's 'transformational' opportunity for Scunthorpe industry made it a yes - MP

26 June 2018

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said his constituency could see “transformational” investment and opportunity should it land a logistics hub as part of the Heathrow expansion.

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Logistics hub plan can still take off after Heathrow expansion backed in Westminster

26 June 2018

The safe passage of Heathrow Airport’s expansion strategy through a key vote in the House of Commons has been cheered in Scunthorpe – the potential home of a logistics hub and provider of vital construction materials.

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Summit held over plans for thousands of new homes in North Lincolnshire

8 June 2018

The retirement living housing summit was held to discuss new homes to be built for older people over the next 15 years...

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Council pledges support to the Federation of Small Businesses

1 June 2018

North Lincolnshire Council is committed to supporting small businesses across North Lincolnshire and already offers great support to our businesses through a number of initiatives.

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Huge £350m investment to make new North Lincolnshire power station most efficient in Britain

31 May 2018

A £350 million investment in state-of-the-art technology is set to be made at a new power station in North Lincolnshire.

SSE has announced the investment at its Keadby 2 plant, where construction work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

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South Bank businesses get a further 12 month boost from steel Kickstart Fund

15 May 2018

UK Steel Enterprise extended the unique Kickstart Fund initiative for another 12 months – providing financial support and business advice to dozens of start-up businesses in North Lincolnshire.

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DFDS raises £118 million in new share issue to fund Turkish transaction

15 May 2018

SHIPPING giant DFDS has raised nearly £120 million with a new share offer to help part-finance the buy-out of UN RoRo.

An extraordirnay board meeting was held in Copenhagen yesterday, with approval given to issue what was one billion Danish Krone, on the country's stock exchange at the close of trade.

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British Steel Support Fund Helps Local Business Strengthen Its European Position

11 May 2018

Council Leader, Cllr Rob Waltham, has welcomed the creation of five new jobs after expansion at a North Lincolnshire business.

New Holland Extraction Ltd – a specialist in the production of niche market seed oils by cold pressing and solvent extraction – has invested over £1 million at its site in New Holland after a £75,000 grant from the British Steel Support Fund.

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Quarry expansion follows energy diversification

9 May 2018

New laboratory facilities and offices are to be built by Singleton Birch as part of a £350,000 investment at Melton Ross.

The quarrying giant is introducing further product quality testing processes while providing new office accommodation for the Birch Energy team.

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British Steel's Heathrow hub ambition: 'What an opportunity to land'

9 May 2018

British Steel’s bid to become a logistics hub for Heathrow’s expansion has been described as a “very compelling offer” by the world-leading airport’s procurement director.

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Council offers free advice to help ensure food businesses stay within the law

9 May 2018

North Lincolnshire Council is offering 30 minutes free advice to help new food businesses know what they need to do to ensure they stay within the law when it comes to running their business.

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Council seek public's opinion on direct rail service from Scunthorpe to London

3 May 2018

North Lincolnshire Council is seeking the public's opinion on a direct rail service from Scunthorpe to London.

The local authority says it is committed to improving connectivity through increasing investment in infrastructure that creates the right conditions for sustainable economic growth and connects people, business and places.

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Delivering Careers Hubs at centre of Careers Strategy implementation

11 April 2018

Following a further period of consultation with key organisations and individuals we have today released our Implementation Plan in response to the government’s Careers Strategy.

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Transport investment boost

6 April 2018

Improved transport links that will benefit North Lincolnshire were pledged as part of a new era of investment at a major launch today.

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Businesses join forces to create a strong voice

6 April 2018

The Regional Director of the CBI had a message for businesses and North Lincolnshire leaders: Keep shouting loudly about the opportunities this region offers.

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Bid for your share of £25 million

23 February 2018

Innovative businesses in North Lincolnshire have been encouraged to bid for a share of a multi-million pound Government funding pot.

The Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, highlighted the £15-million being made available through Innovate UK to develop novel products and services.

Businesses can also apply for a share of a further £10-million for work on projects with graduates.

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Major construction and highways contracts up for grabs

22 February 2018

Firms hoping to win major construction and highways contracts with North Lincolnshire Council have been invited to a key event.

A supplier event day will be held on 22 March as the authority begins the process of procuring the next generation construction and highways framework.

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Businesses get on board the North Lincolnshire Ambassador programme

13 December 2017

More than 100 businesses have accepted an invitation to the launch of a North Lincolnshire Ambassador programme early in the New Year – and more are welcome.

The event, at Forest Pines on Thursday, 18th January, at 7.30am, has been organised by The North Lincolnshire Place Marketing Board, which includes representatives from the construction sector, professional services, retail, advertising and heavy-industry as well as North Lincolnshire Council.

Its focus is to promote the region and help attract greater inward investment.

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Prime Land Up for Grabs

11 December 2017

Normanby Enterprise Park (NEP) offers the opportunity of large-scale commercial space with the release of the remaining 60+ acre site (NEP 7) by North Lincolnshire Council. NEP is one of the few remaining brownfield sites of this size in the region with favourable land prices in such close proximity and easy access to the motorway network, ports and airports.

Occupying over 95 acres on the northern edge of Scunthorpe, Normanby Enterprise Park has capacity remaining for over 2,000,000 sq.ft. (18,5806 sq.m.) of high quality business space for use as offices, manufacturing and distribution. This remaining land comprises plots ranging in size from 2.88 – 60.88 acres with NEP 7 being the largest.

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How North Lincolnshire could benefit from Heathrow Airport expansion

4 October 2017

British steel from Scunthorpe could be used in the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Rob Waltham, has met with Heathrow Airport public affairs manager Sophie Carter to discuss how the planned expansion of Heathrow can benefit North Lincolnshire.

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What do you think about Scunthorpe’s bus network?

19 September 2017

North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging bus users in Scunthorpe to share their views on the bus network to find out if it takes them where they need to be and meets their needs.

Do you think changes need to be made to the bus network? Would you like the current service to stay as it is? Let us know what you think. Whether you use buses in Scunthorpe on a daily basis or infrequently, we want to hear your views. Your comments will help shape the future bus network for Scunthorpe. To have your say on the bus network in Scunthorpe you can:

  • Complete the online form at
  • Pick up a paper copy from Scunthorpe Bus Station, Scunthorpe Community Wellbeing Hub, Shopmobility office and Hornsby's office in Ashby from Monday 25 September
  • Email your comments to
  • The consultation will run from Wednesday 20 September until Wednesday 1 November 2017. If you have any queries about the consultation, contact the Public Transport Team on 01724 297460.

Grade II listed Civic Centre seeks alternative use as town centre plans get underway

15 September 2017

As part of North Lincolnshire Council’s transformation plans, to change the way it works and create a more flexible workspace for staff, the council is looking to find an alternative use for the Grade II listed Civic Centre in Scunthorpe. Lambert Smith Hampton, a Lincoln based office of national property consultancy is working on the council’s behalf to find an alternative use for the building.

The move to Church Square House will bring council employees into the heart of Scunthorpe. This ties in with the council’s ambitious plans to increase productivity, business performance, staff morale and staff engagement, which in turn will lead to the retention of a high performing workforce. The council is changing its workspace to be flexible, accessible and support agile way working. This will support different ways of working for the many different types of work the council does to support people and communities.

The council expects to use fewer buildings and use them more effectively – enabling better outcomes for people. The council recently announced plans to transform the town centre – part of a £60m regeneration scheme. The plans include moving employees to Church Square in Scunthorpe, next to the site of the new £5m Ongo Headquarters, where work is underway. A new University Centre, revamped library and lots more are also planned.

Calling North Lincolnshire businesses – take part in the pedometer challenge

6 September 2017

North Lincolnshire Council and British Steel have teamed up to hold the North Lincolnshire workplace charity pedometer challenge, Challenge 10,000, throughout October to help improve health and wellbeing.

The challenge starts on 1 October and ends on 31 October at midnight. The challenge aims to encourage people to walk up to 10,000 steps a day as a means to help improve health and wellbeing, with businesses and employees from across North Lincolnshire all encouraged to take part. To take part all you have to do is get into a team of four (with your colleagues from same organisation) and individually aim to walk 10,000 steps daily (or more), or to increase your daily step count as much as possible during October.

All money raised throughout the challenge will be donated to Lindsey Lodge Hospice. Get a team of colleagues together and step up for charity. To request an entry form and application pack, get your team captain to email or contact Paul Cowling on 07736899378.

Have your say on investment plans to improve Scunthorpe Market

4 September 2017

North Lincolnshire Council is continuing with its ambitious £60m plans to transform Scunthorpe town centre. Now residents, businesses and market traders are all being asked to take part in a consultation exercise this month for Scunthorpe market led by North Lincolnshire Council. The consultation will seek views from people to inform the future direction, location and investment for Scunthorpe’s market.

North Lincolnshire Council operates three markets in North Lincolnshire in Scunthorpe, Ashby and Brigg and the consultation takes place following a similar exercise in Ashby earlier this year. The consultation takes place during a period of significant investment for markets in North Lincolnshire, following a £800,000 project to create a new market for Ashby rapidly approaching its successful completion which will see 30 new stalls created in the Broadway area of Ashby alongside significant highways and footpath improvements.

Shoppers and traders are being asked to give their views on a variety of topics including their current usage of the market, what types of market they would like to see in the town, where they feel the best location for a market is and what is most important to them in a market service. These views will then be considered to determine a plan of investment for Scunthorpe Market.

The consultation exercise is open from Monday 4 September to 4 October 2017. During this time the consultation will be available online at:

See the plans for £1m library investment – Access to Job and Training Opportunities

18 July 2017

North Lincolnshire Council is giving you the opportunity to see the ambitious plans and give your ideas on the transformation of services at North Lincolnshire Central Library. We are holding a public event on Friday 29 September between 10am and 4pm at the library in Scunthorpe town centre.

The popular library in Church Square, Scunthorpe that has served North Lincolnshire residents for 43 years is about to take on a new lease of life. In a £1m investment, the building will be transformed into a new community hub that will become the focal point for people to meet, borrow books, access job and training opportunities, and get housing and health advice, plus a whole range of information – all under one roof.

The move forms ambitious plans for the town that will see it transformed through a £60m investment programme involving the public, private and voluntary sector. Work will start 14 November. The library building will undergo a complete internal make-over.

The library will be strengthened to incorporate employment advice, housing advice, health and council customer services. Work will include creating new meeting rooms and activity spaces, refurbishing the library, creating an attractive shared ground floor reception and a range of self-serve access and improved IT.

The new community base will open fully in spring 2018.

Scunthorpe town centre to be transformed in £60m investment

14 July 2017

North Lincolnshire Council has today revealed ambitious plans for Scunthorpe Town Centre in a £60m plus investment to transform the town. The projects aim to be completed by 2022 and will create more than 200 jobs, around 1,500 student places, plus £1.5m into the local economy.

The transformation projects aim to increase the number of people and businesses in the town, in particular, the Church Square area.

The first project to get underway is the £5.8m Ongo Homes new HQ that will create 50 construction jobs and space for 250 employees. The new offices should be completed by March 2018 and will use British Steel made in Scunthorpe and local contractor, Scunthorpe based Britcon (UK) Ltd.