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Local economy

Here you can find information about Boston's local economy.

Background on the local economy

Boston is an historic market town and a sub regional centre, serving east and south Lincolnshire with a thriving town centre based on an extensive range of national and independent retailers. Situated on the river Witham, five miles inland from The Wash, it has the largest East Midlands port, serving mainly North Sea destinations handling agricultural produce such as cereal, wood and pulp and is a major steel importer for the car industry. The Port of Boston activities support many local companies such as Finnforest, Howard Tenens and Calders and Grandidge.


Agriculture and the food processing industry are important elements of the local economy. Due to Boston`s strategic position on the east coast, it also has strong car retail, trade counter and service industry sectors, as well as engineering and companies involved in ICT, such as Dynamic Cassettes International and MagnaData.

The area is an attractive place to live with open countryside, access to the coast, important wildlife areas such as The Wash, and the RSPB Reserves at Frampton and Freiston. Boston also has excellent sporting facilities, schools and further education facilities, such as Boston College.  The council published its Local Economic Development Strategic in September 2011, setting out priorities for the next three years. Please see attached document for full details.

Related documents

Size Name
[774kb] Lincolnshire Food and Farming Lincolnshire Food and Farming
[245kb] Local Economic Development Strategy Local Economic Development Strategy

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.