New Gloucestershire agritech partnership goals to encourage sector collaboration

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A brand new agritech partnership is launching in Gloucestershire to encourage development and innovation within the sector.

The Gloucestershire Agri-Tech Partnership is a collaboration between the county’s Native Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP; the meals science and expertise consultancy, Campden BRI; Hartpury College and Faculty’s Agriculture Agri-tech Centre and Tech Field Park; the Royal Agricultural College’s Farm 491; and the College of Gloucestershire’s Countryside & Group Analysis Group (CCRI).

Dev Chakraborty, Deputy Chief Government of GFirst LEP, stated: “It’s unbelievable that Gloucestershire’s centres of excellence in agri-tech are working collectively to showcase to the world what we will provide; attracting thrilling rising companies to the county and supporting the enlargement of companies already right here”

Collectively, they’re aiming to promote the sector, which was valued at almost £1.5 billion previous to the pandemic, and its capabilities to start-ups and excessive development companies throughout the globe with the hope of drawing new technology-driven companies into the realm.

It is going to additionally look to search out alternatives to foster development and innovation in companies throughout the broader UK together with these already established within the area, which depends on the sector for 50,000 jobs.

A key a part of its providing is the chance for corporations to trial their new services on demonstration farms and numerous incubators. This, together with tailor-made marketing strategy improvement, monetary entry and funding help is hoped to encourage innovation and development.

To advertise the alternatives on provide to agri-tech companies within the county, Make investments In Gloucestershire lately created a themed agri-tech proposition, which, amongst others, factors to expertise incubator hub, Farm 491, the Tech Field Park at Hartpury College and Faculty, and the repository of experience and analysis at Campden BRI and the CCRI.

Ben Thompson, Agri-Tech Centre Supervisor for Hartpury College and Hartpury Faculty, stated: “Hartpury are delighted to affix the Gloucestershire Agri-Tech Partnership, a mutually passionate group pushed to assist form the way forward for digital farming and drive productiveness and competitiveness within the agricultural and land-based industries throughout the area.

“Collectively, as a part of the brand new partnership, Hartpury stay up for collectively fostering innovation and development in Gloucestershire.”

Sarah Carr, Head of Farm 491, stated: “Forming this group has already been so beneficial in sharing concepts and sources. We’ve some thrilling plans within the pipeline which can additional add to the county’s providing of enterprise help to Agri-Tech companies.”

Assembly bi-monthly, the group has already discovered areas for it to look into, together with collaboration with the county’s cyber platform, CYNAM, to work on points in cyber safety.

A Memorandum of Understanding has additionally been collectively signed with the important thing goals of the group to share information and experience that may in the end result in development and enlargement of the agri-tech sector in Gloucestershire.

Supply: Enterprise Innovation