Business Opportunities

Why should I base my business in South Holland?

Business Opportunities in the District of South Holland

An enviable way of life, a thriving economy, good communications, road and rail infrastructure (including Super fast Broadband), easy access to major airports and seaports, good schools, affordable housing and unparalleled landscapes are just some of the reasons for starting, growing, or moving your business to South Holland.

South Holland has a dynamic and internationally significant food sector, with up and down stream capacities around logistics and research, including the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln Holbeach Centre. This signature "food economy"whilst facing its share of competitive challenges from the global market place has proved highly resilient over the last 30 years.

The area has very low unemployment levels, reasonable skills levels and a very high stock of full time jobs. Wages levels are highly competitive and it provides excellent access to major sub-regional markets and facilities in Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Boston.

Sourcing a Business

If you are looking to buy an existing business, South Holland District Council have a number of resources to help you to find the business you are looking for.

Property and Sites Advice

If you are considering relocating your business to South Holland, the District Council can also assist in finding suitable sites and premises for your business, as well as liasing with local agents to find housing for you and your staff.


There are around 600 businesses in the UK that are franchised, but what is franchising and would it be suitable for you?

It's a way of setting up in business yourself but not on your own. With a franchise you run the business, but use methods that have already been tried and tested by another company, called the franchisor.

If this method of running a business appeals to you, we can help you to find a suitable franchise, and premises to run it from if needed.

Financial Support

Often one of the major concerns for an emerging business of any size is that of funding, i.e. borrowing money to get your business off the ground. The Economic Development team can offer help and advice to point you in the right direction, saving you the time and frustration of finding potential funders.

Planning Permission

Planning holds a balance between the need for new development and the need to protect the environment, and tries to ensure all development is environmentally sustainable. Construction methods also need to comply with the Building Regulations for which there is a separate set of approvals. More information can be found on the Planning and Development page.

The Economic Development Department are part of South Holland District Councils 'Whole Council Approach' to businesses, and we will work with you and support you through the processes that you need to follow. This will often be a first step of us setting up a pre planning application meeting to discuss your plans and iron out any potential problems before you make any major financial commitments.

Working from Home

The advent of super fast broadband to many of the population centres in South Holland has made the option of working from home, or indeed running a business from home, far more attractive. The Economic Development team can give advice on the benefits of high speed broadband, as well as what workshops are available to help you make the most of this new technology.

You do not usually need planning permission just to work from home, but you may do if the residence has changed because of the business.


Trading Standards and Consumer Services is a strategic Local Authority service contributing to the well-being of the local and business community through its enforcement activities and advisory services.

The Trading Standards division of Lincolnshire County Council will give talks to any business, consumer group, school or any other organisation on the work carried out by the Trading Standards service.

Business Rates

For information on business rates and what relief mechanisms are in place, please see the Business Finance page.

Recruiting Staff

South Holland District Council are ideally placed, in conjunction with local staff agencies and partners, including JCP to help with all your staff recruitment needs.

Contact us via the Contact Us page