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
GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture
NIAB, East Malling.
New cutting-edge glasshouse, propagation unit and business zone to transform research.
BioTech Hub for Sustainable Food and Drink
University of Kent, Canterbury.
New research facility using high-tech approaches to solve industry challenges.
Medway Food Innovation Centre
University of Greenwich.
Helping businesses to solve food processing, product development and packaging challenges.
Supporting horticultural food and drink businesses to make their aspirations a reality.
Supporting early-stage plant-based food and drink businesses to grow quickly.
Bringing together a network of research specialists at the forefront of innovation.
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
We are investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure, world-class expertise and a range of services to support enterprise growth in the region.
UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Transforming Food Production challenge and Growing Kent & Medway publish roadmap for the future of the alternative protein sector in the UK.
Dr Tom Wood from NIAB explains how research is unlocking the Faba bean’s potential as a high-quality source of UK-grown plant-based protein.
The Growing Kent & Medway Sustainability Hub brings a brand-new networking opportunity for businesses and researchers to Fruit Focus 2022.