28 January 2020

New chair appointed for North Lincolnshire Place Marketing Board   

Alan Ross, managing director of Stylex Auto Products has taken over the reins as the chair of North Lincolnshire Place Marketing Board.

Stylex Auto Products based on Foxhills Industrial Estate in Scunthorpe, designs, engineers and manufactures a wide range of seating and trim solutions for the automotive, leisure and marine industries. Clients include major, internationally recognised brands.

Alan takes over from the outgoing chair, David Clugston.

The Place Marketing Board – which is made up of members from across the business community of North Lincolnshire – was established to create a more connected network of enterprises working together with a clear strategic focus for marketing the area in order to make North Lincolnshire the destination of choice for industry, commerce and tourism.

In the last year, the board has been involved in supporting investment, growth and improving productivity, including:

  • Completion of a £17m gauge enhancement scheme to upgrade the Immingham to Doncaster line to enable larger containers to be transported by rail rather than road
  • Opened the first phase of the new University Campus North Lincolnshire (UCNL) creating the opportunity for businesses and individuals to access higher level qualifications
  • £13.2m flood defence scheme completed along the River Trent to protect existing homes and allow for the development of Lincolnshire Lakes
  • New multi-million pound motorway junction approved which will open up development land, alleviate congestion and reduce commuter journeys to the rest of the country
  • Development of new link road which opens up 60 acres of land at Normanby Enterprise Park
  • Reached the final shortlist for part of the British Steel site to become one of four Heathrow Logistic Hubs as the airport delivers its £14bn expansion 
  • Increased superfast broadband access to even more businesses extending coverage beyond 95 per cent
  • UK Steel Enterprise Business Start-up Fund spent - with a further year added to the scheme
  • Increased visitor numbers, helped grow the visitor economy by 10 per cent to £186m and launched the Tourism Partnership to bring together more than 60 businesses in the sector​
  • Delivered almost 300 new homes across the region