Countryfile presenter Adam Henson opens doors of five new Agritech workspaces
PUBLISHED: 10:53 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 04 July 2017
The doors to five workspaces at Harnhill Manor Farm have opened and residents have moved in to take advantage of the dynamic agritech community
On the Friday June 30, Countryfile presenter and rare breeds farmer, Adam Henson visited the site to officially mark its opening.
The workspaces have received an incredible amount of interest with a growing pipeline of innovators requesting introductory tours to come and explore what facilities are on offer to support their business growth. The first residents to establish their home at Harnhill were James and Paul Wright of Multibox - the first company in the UK seeking to produce insects on a commercial scale for the animal feed, fertiliser, and medical industries.
They say; “The Harnhill site at Farm491 provides us with the buildings and office space we need to develop our insect farming business alongside expert advisors and other businesses who can trial our products. The workspace is fantastic – it’s a secured space for us to test solutions as well as having access to meeting rooms and adjacent farmland. The connection to the University gives us access to academic assistance and an address which adds credibility to our supply chain development from investors, to suppliers, buyers and regulatory authorities. We’ve already made our home at Harnhill and we’re looking forward to others joining this exciting agritech community.”
In addition to workspace, Farm491 offers so much more. There is access to 491 hectares of farmland, business support, professional experts, investors, farmers and farming data. The workspaces at Harnhill offer a secure, self-contained business address with high spec facilities to test, research and refine propositions, all to benefit the wider food and farming industry.
Farm491 strives to bring together a forum of members to collaborate, share knowledge and expertise – an incubation hub where innovations are born, developed, and launched.