Growing Kent & Medway
A world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster supporting growth in technology-driven horticulture, fresh produce packaging, food and drink processing and its supply chains.
Driving Innovation and Wealth Creation
Growing Kent & Medway drives innovation and wealth creation by providing a vibrant and collaborative ecosystem that enables enterprises to thrive. We are a catalyst to commercialise technologies for climate-smart food production, novel plant compounds, value addition and waste minimisation.
We are a diverse and dynamic collaboration that brings together innovative growers and processors, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs to deliver a shared goal of improving productivity and sustainability in the sector.
Our unique geography means we are home to most of the UK’s high-value horticultural production, packaging and processing, and a major gateway to global markets. The growth opportunities are significant.
We are building on Kent and Medway’s established reputation and industry base to make this region one of the most dynamic, competitive and successful horticultural and Agri-tech locations in the World.
Collaborative R&D Grant Funding
We are making funding grants of between £50,000 to £250,000 available for horticultural food and drink businesses across Kent and Medway
Growing Kent & Medway partners have won funding for three new landmark projects in the food and drink sector.
Exciting developments are underway to create new state-of-the-art facilities for food and drink innovation at the University of Greenwhich’s Medway campus.
MP Tom Tugendhat and Cllr Matt Boughton take a behind the scenes look at major investment into new horticultural science facilities at NIAB EMR
"We believe that growing the economy in Kent & Medway and raising sustainable productivity can be driven by increasing industry-led research and innovation."
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