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.

Services Offered

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.

Our Network

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.

Globally Relevant

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.

Regional Development

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

Our Services

We are investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure, world-class expertise and a range of services to support enterprise growth in the region.


The rise of the Fava bean

The rise of the Fava bean

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.

Our Partners

"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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