Yesterday the Deputy Leader for Boston Borough Council, Councillor Nigel Welton had the pleasure of attending a ukFPN networking evening at Crown Hall Farm in Spalding where he was able to meet with the Commercial Attaché of the High Commission of Jamaica, Laurence Jones and his team to discuss some of the highlights of a busy and very productive two-day visit.

Representing the wider South and East Lincolnshire Council’s Partnership (SELCP), Councillor Welton, said: “I am excited to hear the about the partnerships and the shared economic opportunities that have been created between JAMPRO and our local businesses, Boston College and the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach to explore and accelerate the trade, investment and skills synergies between our countries. The SELCP geography has exceptional knowledge, skills and innovation and we want to be able to share that knowledge with JAMPRO and ensure that exchange is two-way – Jamaica has much to share with us and we can develop existing strong local connections. As a partnership we want to interrogate and exploit every potential opportunity in a post Covid and post Brexit world and deliver the best for every part of our community.

Deputy Chief Executive for Growth at the SELCP, Michelle Sacks, said: A couple of the highlights for me have been seeing Boston College further cement the existing relationship and explore how the sharing of knowledge and skills can enhance the opportunities for students, continuing to raise aspirations and access to different careers; and seeing business explore how they might be able to open up import and export opportunities, creating more growth, innovation and jobs. We are all really excited about exploring and indeed pursuing future collaborations with Laurence Jones and his team at JAMPRO which will only strengthen the resilience of south and east Lincolnshire as a place to do international business.

“The ukFPN have once again showed these events are not talking shops but actually deliver real benefits and economic opportunities to business through great collaborative working”