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Insect farmers make use of new work spaces at Royal Agricultural University

Five new high-spec work spaces have been unveiled at the Royal Agricultural University.


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Adam Henson cuts the ribbon at Manor Farm, Harnhill
Adam Henson cuts the ribbon at Manor Farm, Harnhill

More than 100 visitors gathered to celebrate the official launch at Manor Farm, Harnhill - the second phase of the Farm491 agritech hub - which opened last July.

 

From a redundant farm barn to now cutting-edge space, the refurbishment offers spacious, secure and practical workshops to help innovators test, refine and launch products and technological solutions.

 

In addition to the practical working space, Farm491 provides members with access to 491 hectares of farmland, business support, professional experts, investors, farmers and farming data and is a vital support to entrepreneurs looking to grow and establish their businesses in the food and farming industry.

 

The workspaces have already received a large amount of interest with a growing pipeline of innovators requesting introductory tours to explore what facilities are on offer.

 

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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 said: "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.”

 

Countryfile presenter Adam Henson helped officially unveil the work spaces.

 

He said: “It has been a huge honour to officially open the new technological work spaces at Harnhill Manor Farm – part of the Farm491 agritech development.

 

"The Royal Agricultural University has personal connection to me as my father studied here years ago, so it has been a pleasure to share in this celebration.”

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