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The Centre for Food and Fresh Produce Logistics


What is the Business Support?

The Town Deal success celebrates the great character of Boston whilst recognising the need to kickstart economic growth to act as a catalyst for future investment to realise the undeniable potential in the area.

Led by the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing in partnership with Boston College, the University is already internationally recognised for agri-food technologies and automation. The project is to develop a food trade and logistics skills, knowledge, and innovation hub with local, national, and global outreach in support of the UK Food Valley’s aims to develop a Top 10 Global Cluster in sustainable food supply chains.

Bringing scientific innovations and technical support to businesses to adopt new, sustainable technologies, the project will provide a package of business support to address the sector’s key challenges across the food supply chain – namely carbon reduction and the need to digitalise and respond to consumer demand and social imperatives for sustainable and healthy food. Alongside this, a complementary skills offer will fuel the talent pipeline, providing access to high quality career opportunities for Boston’s community.

The programme is there to help business with Innovation, Training, Technical & Scientific support, General Business Support, Product Development, and Skills.


Businesses must be based in or operating in Boston Town within sectors such as restaurants, food retailers, food and drink manufacturing and relative supply chains, logistics, packaging, fresh produce, engineering, manufacturing, equipment & technical services.

What could it do for your company?

Due to the support on offer this could help your business to enhance productivity, increase profits and develop your workforce. A cash boost up to £10,000 towards equipment purchase will also be of benefit.

Who runs it?

University of Lincoln NCFM and Boston College in association with Boston Town Deal

How to find out more?

To find out more please contact David Thorpe by using the email below.

What is the grant available for?

There is a grant available towards the purchase of Capital Equipment.

Potential for Capital Grant funding contribution towards the purchase of equipment identified as required to meet project needs established during programme engagement. Up to 50% of purchase cost to a maximum of £5000 could be available, subject to application and panel approval.

Capital or Revenue or Both?

The grant available is for Capital Equipment purchase.

Percentage of project cost

Up to 50% of the project cost, up to £5000, could be available.

How to apply for the grant?

To find out more please email

Contact information:

The Centre for Food and Fresh Produce Logistics

David Thorpe


The National Centre for Food Manufacturing 2 Peppermint Way Holbeach PE12 7LD