Coastal Communities Fund

A thriving Lincolnshire coastline with a developing visitor economy founded on business growth and career opportunities for local people

Coastal Sustainability through Careers and Business Skills in Greater Lincolnshire - A Greater Lincolnshire LEP project delivered by Lincolnshire County Council.

  • Visitor Economy and its growth critical to the Greater Lincolnshire Economy
  • Coastal economy acutely seasonal
  • Mainstream Skills Funding often not aligned to seasonal economies
  • Low aspiration, skills gaps and shortages make skills a barrier to growth
  • Visitor Economy worth over £1.9bn pa to Greater Lincolnshire Economy
  • 1/3 of all nights of holiday accommodation in the EU sold in July / August
  • 26 to 37 principal seaside towns in England have an overall level of deprivation greater than average. Skegness (40% have no formal qualifications)
  • 370 Learners
  • 75 Qualifications
  • 50 Businesses Engaged
  • 50 Jobs created / secured
  • 7 Apprenticeships
  • 8 Coastal Champions

Coastal Employment and Skills Partnership

Collaborative, Innovative & Visitor Economy Focussed
1 - Coastal Careers
  • Raising aspirations
  • Older resident careers
  • Promoting career opportunities
  • Skills Transfer / Escalator
  • Access to FE / HE
2 - Skills Innovation
  • Crucial Skills
  • Seasonal schedules
  • Fills skills system gaps
  • Connect with existing opportunities
  • Apprenticeship development
3 - Coastal Evidence Base
  • Articulate and quantify skills gaps and shortages
  • Seasonal labour market trends - supply / demand
  • Pathfinder evaluation
  • Learn from / compare with other seaside economies


The following outcomes were obtained:

Greater local recognition and understanding of local visitor economy

Local skills pilot programme – training / jobs for locals to support business growth

Evidence-base of seasonal seaside skills gaps / shortages to compare with data nationally

Research Partner Appointed supporting the Coastal Sustainability through Careers and Business Skills in Greater Lincolnshire Coastal Communities Fund project

The research project will explore the seasonality of the Lincolnshire coast compared to other coastal destinations, identify three comparator destinations that have a similar visitor economy model but may be at a different stage of economic regeneration and share lessons learnt and best practice. The project will understand the current investment levels on the coast and uptake by businesses in funded skills programmes to establish whether coastal areas are being left behind and then through primary research with businesses and residents start to understand the extent to which their aspirations are influenced by the seasonal nature of the economy.

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Green Tourism Ambassador Case Studies

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An Employment, Skills and Economic Profile of Lincolnshire’s Seaside Coastal Community

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Adult Literacy, a spotlight on the coast

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CoA Business Development - Courses Films

Smartphone Filmmaking for business. An online workshop aimed to get the best from a smartphone to create engaging video content, appropriate to the visitor economy sector to attract customers, clients and visitors to the Lincolnshire coast.

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Best Practice - Magna Vitae Trust for leisure and Culture

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, based in Lincolnshire, puts the well-being of staff at the core of its activity. The Trust has now created an innovative, successful Skill Builder Programme specifically designed to support the local coastal community secure skills and employment post-Covid.

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Best Practice - North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Business Partner Scheme

The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere is part of a global network of biosphere reserves set in a stunning, diverse landscape in the heart of Southwest England.

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Best Practice - Cove Communities UK

Cove Communities UK places its people at the very heart of everything it does. It has successfully designed and delivered a skills and training programme specifically tailored to the needs of its workforce and is starting to reap the benefits with increasing staff retention rates.

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Best Practice - Holivans

Recently awarded the Destination Lincolnshire Tourism Award for Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year 2022, Holivans has successfully established a family atmosphere that not only sees guests return year-on-year, but also delivers an impressive staff retention rate.

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Best Practice - SO Festival

Operated by Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture, SO Festival is an innovative, free, annual, international outdoor arts festival that brings high quality culture from across Europe to audiences of all ages, on the Lincolnshire coast.

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Best Practice - Hall & Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse, based in Dorset, is committed to identifying, developing and promoting leaders internally. It has established a unique leadership development programme which has successfully improved employee engagement and raised the company’s profile within local communities.

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CCF Celebration Event - Presentation

'Future proofing coastal tourism in Lincolnshire 2019-2022 - Celebrate and learn'.

Following a successful event on 30th November the presentation can now be viewed here:

Presentation Document
Coastal Communities Fund Project Evaluation / What Works?!!

Vision: A thriving Lincolnshire coastline with a developing visitor economy founded on business growth and career opportunities for local people

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Coastal Sustainability through Careers and  Business Skills in Greater Lincolnshire

Research prepared by the National Coastal Tourism Academy - Spring '22-23

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Coastal Communities Fund: round 5 progress report

This report describes the progress of the 47 projects supported by Round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund in England only, which began in 2018 with projects delivering up to 2022 and beyond.

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Digital Innovation

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Butlins Apartment Two

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Butlins Apartment One

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Boston Guildhall

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Natural England

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