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Column by leader of Lincolnshire County Council Councillor Martin Hill

Lincolnshire is well known as an attractive place for visitors.

We’re lucky to live in a county with so much to offer including an historic city, pretty market towns, quaint villages and a variety of coastal destinations – all in a charming countryside setting.

At the county council it’s so important that we do what we can to develop our tourism offer to ensure that this part of our economy continues to be successful.

Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)
Coun Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council. (14784599)

Our range of projects has included funding road schemes to make it easier to get around the county, as well as coastal developments such as new visitor centres.

In addition to improving our infrastructure it’s imperative that we support local businesses because they play such a central role in our economy.

Pubs have traditionally been at the heart of communities and are a vital part of rural life. But over the last decade, many have struggled to survive.

In a boost to tourism, the county council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have just launched a new initiative.

The Greater Lincolnshire Pub Development Project is encouraging pubs to diversify by adding rooms or other accommodation. It’s hoped that this will breathe life into them and provide a higher quality visitor experience. A free toolkit has also been developed and two free workshops are being held, which include practical advice interested businesses.

Partners from all areas across Greater Lincolnshire are working together to develop a proposal for a tourism sector deal.

Hospitality businesses including pubs are vital in driving economic growth through job creation and attracting residents and visitors to an area to spend their money.

A rural pubs audit has taken place, which has led to Business Lincolnshire producing a helpful pub accommodation development guide containing practical advice on the planning and the development process.

Further support will also be available through workshops, e-learning and Business Growth Hub advisors.

Two free pub accommodation development sessions for pub owners, landlords and tenants are being held by Business Lincolnshire, taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm on March 24 at the Hare and Hounds in Fulbeck and March 25 at the Advocate Arms in Market Rasen.

For more information, to request a copy of the development guide or to book a place on a workshop, please email nicola.shepheard@lincolnshire.gov.uk

It’s early days for this innovative project but I am looking forward to seeing some positive results for the benefit of all in our rural communities.

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