North KestevenThe place to investThe place to grow

Since Census 2001 the population of the district has increased by nearly 26%

Tourism and day trips within the District generate £162 million to the local economy.

Unemployment is currently 1% of the work age population - under 1,000


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Why invest in NK

We are a rural district in the ‘Heart of Lincolnshire’ lying immediately south of the city of Lincoln, a vibrant cathedral city with major tourist attractions and a fast-improving universities. The University of Lincoln ranks 51st out of 134 universities in the country.

North Kesteven offers attractive rural lifestyles for working people and their families with lively towns and villages and excellent schools. NK is one of the safest places to live in England for the 7th year in a row and one of the best places to live for overall life satisfaction, scoring 8 out of 10 according to the Office for National Statistics.

A record £220 million capital investment programme has been mapped out by the Council for enhancements across a range of initiatives in NK through to 2030. More than half of this, £120 million, will be committed to increasing the availability of affordable housing and a further £50 million spent on building up opportunity for business and jobs growth.

The Council’s focused support of businesses, from large enterprises through to sole traders, has escalated across the pandemic to guide them through restrictions, grant schemes and fresh trading opportunities. Up to the start of March 2021, the Council had administered £28 million of government grants in almost 5,000 payments across 12 distinct grant schemes, supporting approximately 2,000 businesses.

Prior to the pandemic, the local economy had consistently grown faster than that of its neighbours and the national average. Key growth sectors include food and farming, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, human health and social work and education. In recent years there has been considerable growth in the services sector, particularly business services, retail and tourism.

The Council is leading an ambitious £56 million investment scheme to create more high quality and flexible business units in the Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park and £2.2 million investment in new workshop units at Discovery Park, North Hykeham.

A factory in North Kesteven

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YMCA Lincolnshire’s Age-friendly business award

YMCA Lincolnshire’s Age-friendly Business Award scheme recognises local businesses who foster a positive approach to ageing.

The award is open to businesses and services in Lincolnshire who have been operating for more than 6 months and who meet the set criteria in the following categories:

  • Respect and Inclusion
  • Customer Comfort
  • Clear Marketing and Communications
  • Accessibility

Over 50s make up a significant proportion of the population and
are an important part of our economy with 23% of Lincolnshire
residents aged over 65.

Age-friendly Business status also speaks volumes when
attracting customers visiting the area. A report by the Greater
Lincolnshire LEP revealed that the highest proportion of visitors
were age 55 – 64 years.

To become an Age-friendlly business please register your interest with the Community Development Officer or contact the team on 01529 301966 or by emailing Grace Tompkins.

For more information view the leaflet here.