Growing Kent & Medway
A world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster supporting growth in technology-driven horticultural production, processing, food, and its supply chains.
Driving Innovation and Wealth Creation
Growing Kent & Medway drives innovation and wealth creation by providing a vibrant, supportive and collaborative ecosystem that enables new skills to develop and enterprises to thrive.
A catalyst to commercialise technologies for climate-smart food production, novel plants, and the development of post-harvest technologies that minimise waste and add value.
We are a diverse and dynamic collaboration working to bring 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, and a major gateway to global markets. The growth opportunity for the sector, the region and its emerging technologies is significant.
We work to build on the already powerful base located in Kent & Medway to make this region one of the most dynamic, competitive and successful horticultural and Agri-tech locations in the World.
With its strong focus on innovation and technology the National Fruit Show attracts interest from industry leaders, technology providers and policy makers.
Based at NIAB EMR in East Malling, the UK now has a bespoke, state-of-the-art research winery and vineyard to underpin the rapidly expanding viticulture sector.
A new agreement aimed at developing innovative food and drink trade and investment opportunities in the UK and the Netherlands has been signed today.