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Agri-TechE Missions: V4 Agritech & Foodtech Business matchmaking Forum
Thursday 18th March 2021 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pmFree
With the strong agricultural and food links enjoyed between central Europe and the UK comes additional potential for partnerships and interaction between agri-tech and foodtech businesses in these regions. A digital matchmaking event on March 18 will provide an opportunity for just that.
Agri-TechE is pleased to be working closely with the British embassies in Warsaw, Budapest, Prague & Bratislava to hold this virtual event, aimed at introducing and connecting businesses within our network with their counterparts in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (known as the V4 countries).
This business matchmaking webinar and networking event will give businesses in the Agri-TechE network the lowdown on the sector in the V4 countries and allow them to virtually meet businesses looking for international partners, as well as understanding opportunities in the region.
For businesses attending from the V4 countries:
This event will give a great introduction to the agri-tech and food-tech scenes in the UK. With presentations from key figures in both the private and public sectors, participants will learn about opportunities, challenges and the commercial landscape in the UK. You’ll hear from V4 business which have successfully established in the UK, the challenges they have faced and the benefits that these investments have returned.
A key element of the event for businesses from all geographies will be the opportunity to meet with potential partners, suppliers, customers and collaborators from different countries. Attending from the UK will be a range of innovative businesses, specialising in everything from bio-stimulants and root inoculation to improve crop yields; specialised agri-tech marketing; seed treatments to improve crop health; IoT & 5G networks; precision weather data; orchard data and operations management; and artificial intelligence. Many of these businesses will be hungry to connect with potential partners in the V4 countries and are looking forward to meeting you.
Times in GMT (CEE-1)
The event platform will be accessible from 9.00am until 3.00pm
9:30 – 9:40 James Hughes, British Embassy Warsaw, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs
9:40 – 9:50 Elizabeth Warham, Department for International Trade, Head of Agri-Tech Team
9:50 – 10:00 Belinda Clarke, Agri-TechE, Director
10.00 – 10.15 am Break
10.15 – 12.00
You’ll be able to join either session, and move freely between the two
Opportunities for UK agri-tech companies to export to Central Europe
Moderated Discussion: Hear from leading V4 businesses and stakeholders discussing key trends and opportunities in agri-tech and food-tech markets
- Michal Sobczyk, British Embassy Warsaw, Digital and Business Attache
- Rafal Igielski, AgriHub Poland/SomiGRO, Founder, CEO
- Tamas Tarpataki, Ministry of Agriculture – Hungary, Deputy State Secretary for Agricultural Markets
Experiences of UK agri-tech start-ups on their development and exploration of overseas markets
- Imtiaz Shamsuddi, Flox, CEO
- Fred Miller, HayBeeSee, CEO
- Jim McDougall, Outfield, Co-Founder and Commercial Director
Hear first-hand from a UK business about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the V4 countries.
- Christoph Graf Grote, former Operations Director of Spearhead International Ltd
Opportunities for Central European agri-tech innovations in the UK
Hear from a UK Department for International Trade specialist about the UK agri-tech and food-tech sector
- Hadyn Craig, UK Department for International Trade, Agribusiness Specialist
Opportunities for partnership: Linking Northern England with Central Europe.
Moderated by: Bob Spence, C4DI, Director of International Business Development
- David Summerbell, Barclays Bank Eagle Lab, AgriTech lead
- Claire Lowe, Northallerton and Hambleton District Council, Business and Economy Officer
- Sam Hoste, UK Depertment for International Trade, Animal Agri-Tech Sector Specialist.
A successful landing in the UK: Hear the experiences of V4 food-tech & agri-tech businesses which have successfully established operations in the UK:
- Keith Thomas, Tungsram Hungary, Commercial Leader – Agri-Tech
- Aneta Halamickova, Retigo, Company Director
Establishing an Agri-tech business in the UK: the journey from setting up to scaling up globally.
- Rob Ward, AgriFoodTech GEO (Global Entrepreneurs Programme) DiT Dealmaker
Afternoon networking session
12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch Follow up with speakers from the Trade and Investment sessions in breakout rooms, and use this opportunity to contact other attendees to start a chat or schedule meetings with other attendees.
12.30-1.15 Speed Networking A chance for a brief video chat. Find something in common? Follow up and exchange contact details, or just move on to the next person. It’s just like chatting to someone in the coffee queue at in-person event.
1.15 – 3.00 Time for scheduled meetings and follow-up with other attendees and speakers.
Agri-TechE will be supporting and facilitating matchmaking in the run-up to and during the event.
Agrifood in Poland is the county’s fourth largest sector and accounts for 8% of the total gross added value, making it a much greater contributor to Poland’s GDP than the sector is in other EU Member States. However, there is a great need for improvements in productivity and widespread adoption of agri-tech and innovation will play an important part in achieving this.
The average farm size of around 10 hectares, compared with 90 in the UK, and accordingly the Polish landscape is oversaturated with farm equipment. Furthermore, Poland also uses more fertilizer: on average 104 kilograms per hectare in 2009, 20% more than in the UK.
Opportunities for members of the Agri-TechE network include supporting consolidation to increase farm size, investment in intellectual property, and R&D both on-farm and further up the food value chain. Additional opportunities are associated with increasing food product complexity, for instance with organic food and products for customized diets.
In contrast to some other countries in the region, around 90% of Czech farmland is owned or leased by enterprises farming large acreages exceeding 50 hectares (124 acres). In terms of trade with the UK, total trade in goods and services between the two countries was worth £10.0bn in 2019, of which 70% were goods.
Agriculture accounts for 3% of the Czech GDP, and opportunities in the sector typically reflect the larger and more advanced nature of Czech farm businesses. Many of these businesses are already investing in new farm technologies, including robotics and automation (in both arable and livestock sectors); navigation, mapping ad weather data; building and facility management, including poultry sheds, cattle housing, grain stores and biogas plants; and biotechnology.
Formerly self-sufficient in food production, Slovakia’s strong agricultural sector helped it become a farming and food processing powerhouse. The country’s agricultural sector remains strong today and still offers a lot of potential. Malting and beer production are particularly strong sectors and in 2019 total UK exports to Slovakia amounted to £1.5bn.
Opportunities exist in a range of areas, including farm machinery, used vehicles and spare parts, and food processing technology. Slovakia provides favourable conditions for doing business in terms of legal, tax and personnel resources. English is widely spoken and over 100 UK owned companies operate there, with Tesco the country’s top retailer and one of the main employers in the country.
With the UK in Hungary’s top ten most important export destinations, and UK exports to Hungary worth £2.2 billion in 2019, Hungary is already an important trading partner with the UK. Known for its exports of paprika, salami and wine, its diverse agricultural sector is dominated by smaller farm businesses.
Hungary offers plenty of scope for UK agri-tech businesses supplying precision crop and livestock production equipment, data management tools and services and knowledge and innovation to help advance the circular economy and clean growth.
The lowest corporate tax rate in the EU (9%) together with a well-educated and professionally trained workforce provide considerable advantages for UK businesses wishing to do business with Hungary.
Agri-TechE International Missions: V4 Agritech & Foodtech Business Matchmaking Forum
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There has been considerable growth in Agri-TechE’s international activities and memberships, and we have a number of exciting initiatives for 2021.
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