The areas of Devon and Somerset have a long and successful agricultural heritage, particularly focussed around ruminant farming, dairy and food and drink production. Over recent years, the region’s strong science research, engineering, manufacturing and hi-tech industries have created an exciting agrifood grouping within the South West Agritech Cluster. New and relocating companies focus on robotics and UAV, satellite and sensors, aquaculture, big data, apps and the internet of things.

Highly-respected agri-tech research is driven by the Food Security & Land Research Alliance, comprising Exeter University, Devon’sRothamsted North Wyke Farm Platform, Bath and Bristol Universities and Duchy College. The Alliance makes ground-breaking discoveries in global food security, crop, soil and land management, animal health and marine science, attracting business partners from across the world.

The MET office’s £97m Supercomputer within Exeter Science Park, will advance environmental futures offering long-term, detailed global climate prediction and agri-management big data. A vibrant hi-tech industry is collecting around the Met Office at the award-winning Exeter and East Devon Growth Point within the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone. For further information please click here

Food drink production in the Heart of the South Westis benefitting from localhi-tech excellence. The Bath & West Showground Food Enterprise Zone, near Shepton Mallet in Somerset will offer opportunities for businesses in the rural economy. For further information please click here

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