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Interesting information and facts about Sleaford
- Perhaps unsurprisingly given its long association with the RAF (North Kesteven hosts three operational bases at RAF Waddington, RAF Cranwell, and RAF Digby) Defence Industries are playing an increasingly important part in the growth and prosperity of the district with companies like Northrop Grumman, BAE, and 3SDL creating innovative products and services competing successfully in UK and global markets.
- Unsurprising given its rural geography, over 90% its 100,000ha is devoted to agriculture, principally cereals and other arable crops with some fruit and vegetables, Food & Farming is Sleaford and North Kesteven’s biggest sector by employment and GDP. With over six million chickens providing meat and eggs for a diverse processing sector NK is also one of the largest poultry farming areas in the UK . Food processing is the largest employment sector with significant global players like Moy Park, Tulip, Noble Foods, Sleaford Quality Foods and Branston Ltd long-established and still growing in the district.
- Manufacturing and Engineering are traditional strengths of Sleaford and the Greater Lincoln area with some of the biggest names like Siemens at Teal Park or Lincat and Lincoln Precision Engineering on Whisby Road while in the south of the district Sleaford-based SHD Composites flies the flag for manufacturing with the latest composite technologies across a variety of international sectors from aerospace to automotive.
- Construction and development industries will play a key role in delivering on ambitious housing and infrastructure plans throughout the district. 15,000 new homes and 14,000 jobs plus ambitious regenerations plans Sleaford town centre will require the skills and expertise of the range of professionals with local companies like Lindum Group, Taylor Pearson, Smith’s Sports & Civils, Sleaford Building Services, Melbourne Holdings and Hodgson Bros all to the fore in helping to bring forward important housing, employment and regeneration projects.
- Up until the pandemic tourism played an important role in the rural economy. The Visitor Economy in NK was worth approximately £108M a year and supports more than 1800 FTE across a range of attractions from Countryside and Aviation Heritage with 2.2million visitors a year enjoying historic sites and buildings in the Heart of Lincolnshire. NKDC operates sites at Cogglesford Mill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and Navigation House and is currently delivering a £600,000 Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund to restore Mrs Smith’s Cottage which was due to reopen in April 2020 but has unfortunately been closed due to pandemic restrictions.