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Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Its mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

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The Lawes Agricultural Trust

The Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT) aids the advancement of agricultural science through providing support for Rothamsted Research and Rothamsted Enterprises, including ownership of land and buildings on the Harpenden site.


BBSRC has a unique and central place in supporting the UK’s world-leading position in bioscience. They are an investor in research and training, with the aim of furthering scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond. It is a major strategic funder in Rothamsted Enterprises and four other research and innovation campuses across the UK.

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Agritech East

Agri-Tech East is an independent, business-focused cluster organisation, to improve the international competitiveness and sustainability of plant-based agriculture and horticulture. It brings together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to create a global innovation hub in agri-tech.

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Green Triangle

The Green Triangle is a committed partnership based around the world-leading research of three organisations: The Building Research Establishment (BRE), Rothamsted Research and the University of Hertfordshire (UH). They already make a major contribution to the Hertfordshire economy.  As individual local employers, we are among the largest in Hertfordshire.

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Hertfordshire Growth Hub

The Hertfordshire Growth Hub is a service for established businesses that possess the drive and the potential to grow, helping them to find the highest quality locally-sourced support and expertise to help them achieve their business ambitions. By maximising local business potential, the Growth Hub aims to help develop world-class companies in Hertfordshire and thereby boost economic growth in the county. 

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United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA)

UKSPA is the authoritative body on the planning, development and the creation of Science Parks and other innovation locations that are facilitating the development and management of innovative, high growth, knowledge-based organisations. Rothamsted Enterprises are members of UKSPA.

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Hertfordshire Science Partnership

The Hertfordshire Science Partnership is an innovative collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire LEP, which leverages the University’s state-of-the-art science facilities and academic expertise to boost the dynamic pharmaceutical, life sciences and agri-technology sectors in the East of England. Launched by Business Minister Richard Harrington on 29 March 2018, the programme strengthens links between business and academia to accelerate cutting-edge scientific R&D to market and supports the growth of SMEs by providing access to facilities and academic expertise. This project aligns with the LEP’s objective to stimulate enterprise and innovation within the county through targeted investment in its key sectors.

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Herts Innovation Quarter (Herts IQ)

Hertfordshire IQ is an Enterprise Zone just 30 minutes from London, leading the development of 3 million sq,ft. of commercial space over the next ten years. With innovation, office and industrial space already available and new commercial space planned, there’s everything a growing business needs to thrive: good transport links, local amenities and a skilled workforce. Plus they offer tax breaks and business support. Through their partners, Rothamsted Research, the University of Hertfordshire and BRE Group, Hertfordshire IQ also offers businesses opportunities to collaborate and reach new markets.

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Royal Agricultural University

Farm491 is a space for innovators to grow their businesses by applying technology to growing environments. Farm491 provides high-spec facilities created to foster entrepreneurship, ideas generation, and collaboration – it includes 491 hectares of farmland for research and testing. Farm491 is offering start up space on-site at the Royal Agricultural University’s main campus in Cirencester and at the farm-based workshops at Harnhill: affordable and flexible working environments where agritech innovators can run and grow their businesses.

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