By leaving the EU, the Government’s impacts on the UK’S high tech businesses in terms of policy, strategy and structural issues at both a national and, importantly, a regional level inevitably will increase. The AGRI TECH sector is no exception to this and it therefore has the platform and opportunity from which to exploit its position for genuine added value.

TWENTYFIFTEEN recognises the worth to its clients of building positive relationships with relevant parts of Government which in turn leads to enhancing brand and corporate reputational value. Critically TWENTYFIFTEEN understands Government and how, when and why to engage with it for long term competitive advantage. In particular, we appreciate the opportunities presented by the Government – Academia – Business triangle in terms of facilitating innovation and process improvements. These are important and relevant to sectors such as AGRI TECH.

New regional structures across England and the Devolved Administrations also present opportunities for informed corporates to engage and help shape and then exploit initiatives which can therefore add competitiveness and differentiation. TWENTYFIFTEEN’s experience in navigating these spaces can positively contribute to its clients strategy and decision making.

Finally, in assessing how to assist its clients, TWENTYFIFTEEN’s deep experience with both U.K. companies and inward investors and their differing approaches, backgrounds and cultures, ensures that it can successfully tailor its offering and service accordingly.

IP Pragmatics

IP Pragmatics is an established intellectual property (IP) asset management company providing expertise and services to help clients maximise the value of their IP assets. Since its formation in 2000, IP Pragmatics has provided public sector and private sector clients with competitive market intelligence, technology market assessments and valuations, business development and licensing agreement support, spin out formation consultancy and fundraising assistance for a wide range of technology sectors, with a  particular specialism in agritech.

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Based in Cambridge, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing is an award winning, “climate-smart” publisher in agricultural science and its work will help researchers in agricultural science address how to feed a growing population in the face of climate change and increasing competition for land, water and other resources.
Their mission is to create a comprehensive database reviewing the latest research, each written by a leading expert, which systemically covers both the major crops and livestock products and, at the same time, each step in the value chain for their production, from breeding through to harvest. They deliver this as printed and eBooks (over 70 titles to date) and via our innovative and new chapter platform,, where users can create their own tailor-made collection of knowledge to suit their needs and interest.
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Hanway Associates

Hanway Associates is a London-based strategic consultancy specialising in cannabis research, new market entry, and M&A strategy. Hanway provide services to help open and enter markets, build brands and grow clients’ networks. Their clients include Licensed Producers of cannabis, pharmaceutical and FMCG companies, investment funds and innovative startups. Find out more at

Capital Agri International Ltd

Capital Agri International Ltd, is an investment / advisory company focussed on value addition to investments across agri food sectors and natural capital including agri-energy with specialist experience in Agri-tech.

We are agri business managers – applying our cross sector experience and success across commercial assessment, operations and applied innovation to drive returns in consumer driven markets.

Prosperity along the agri-food value chain is founded on sustainable resource management and the deployment of Western style ‘boots on the ground’ expertise. The ability to evaluate natural capital and human resource is fundamental to Capital Agri’s strategy to deliver successful projects to investors and local communities alike. This experience and extensive network is also essential in structuring, building and placing Agri-tech projects in the most applicable areas for maximum future benefit to both agriculture and the investors.

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles away from the corn field.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with over 50 patent and trademark attorneys and litigators. With offices in UK innovation hotspots, including Cambridge, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

Our team of patent attorneys have a deep knowledge of agritech related technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, plant biology, agrochemicals and biological crop protection. This includes attorneys with PhD degrees in subject matters, including plant science and machine learning.

A number of our attorneys have previously worked in-house with UK companies and are particularly experienced in providing commercially relevant advice to their clients.

Our attorneys handle all IP matters, including drafting and filing patent applications, registering trade marks and advising on third party rights.

Our clients include publicly-quoted multinationals and universities, as well as SMEs. We act for a number of start-ups and scale ups, in particular in the East of England, and have successfully supported our clients in significant fundraising activities and IPOs.

We are proud of our reputation for handling complex technical subject matter and for giving exceptionally clear advice on the best options available to our clients. We make sure that we understand our clients’ business and markets. The firm adopts a collegiate ethos, encouraging our professionals to fully understand each client, and to establish critical relationships of trust.

For more information, contact partner Barbara Fleck.

Kendalls PR & Marketing

Kendalls PR & Marketing was established in 1970 and specialises in agriculture, rural affairs and associated industries, offering a fully integrated range of PR and marketing services, specialising in media relations, issues management, public relations, digital marketing and event management.

Kendalls has a wide range of clients throughout the agricultural, horticultural and land-based sectors, from environment and energy to animal health and arable. As well as looking after clients connected with food, farming and the countryside, our client base also extends to government bodies and agencies, charities, professional firms, local authorities, small businesses and multi-nationals, drawn from a wide range of disciplines.

The roots of the consultancy stand firmly in the countryside, with many in the Kendalls team being experienced journalists who have agricultural or horticultural backgrounds, and in most cases have worked for mainstream trade publications. Other members of the team manage digital content and activity for clients, complimenting the more traditional PR coverage and offering a complete service.

More information and a summary of clients past and present can be found on our website >

Follow them on Twitter: @KendallsPR


At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems.

Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors, our clients range from SMEs to some of the most recognised businesses in Cambridge and the South East region.

With six offices across the region, we have over 1,700 qualified staff providing exceptional levels of service. Our Cambridge office encourages collaboration, inclusivity and flexibility. The doors are open for clients, local businesses and charities to use the new space, encouraging a greater sense of community throughout the city and region.

Scrutton Bland

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Scrutton Bland is a leading financial services provider. Our team of experienced specialists provide accountancy, tax, audit, insurance, employee benefits and independent financial planning advice to owner managed companies, corporate operations and private individuals.

T: 0330 058 6559



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GrantTree is a UK government funding expert, specialising in R&D Tax Credits and grant funding. Over eight years, our team of experts have enabled clients across a range of sectors and technology verticals, including agritech and the life sciences, to gain access to over £95 million of government funding.

GrantTree works with over 550 of the UK’s most innovative and fastest growing SME technology companies including SMEs, Governments, Universities and research organisations.

R&D Tax Credit & Advance Funding Service Overview

GrantTree’s R&D Tax Credits team have successfully delivered over 2,500 claims, ranging from early stage startups to large household names in technology. Comprised of 25 technical and CIRD legislative specialists, GrantTree’s team understands the requirements of growing technology businesses. Our comprehensive, end to end claims management service ensures that our clients receive the maximum R&D Tax relief, securely and as fast as possible. GrantTree has a 100% success rate with HMRC and all of our claims is covered in the event of HMRC enquiry, through to the point of resolution.

In addition, GrantTree’s Advance Funding service allows selected clients to gain access to future R&D Tax Credit funds up to nine months in advance of their financial year end. This can provide a much-needed cash injection at a critical moment or smooth cash flow throughout the year.

If you employ or subcontract to technical individuals and would like to discuss our service offering and your eligibility please get in touch via for a free consultation.

Grant Funding Service Overview

Our team of 15, majority PhD, experienced grant funding consultants have delivered projects ranging from £50k single applicant market research studies, to £20 million collaborative R&D projects with 15+ consortium members. GrantTree specialises in Innovate UK applications, and has demonstrable expertise in H2020, ESA, DASA, NHS Test Bed, SBRI, ISCF, research council and other business and academic-led grant funding mechanisms. With wide ranging expertise, GrantTree offers a variety of grant funding consultancy services to suit a range of support requirements and budgets.

To explore your grant funding options, please get in touch via for a free consultation.


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Incubyte provides entrepreneurs and early stage companies with a dedicated co-working environment in which you can work alongside, and network with, like-minded businesses. Mentoring programmes, designed specifically for entrepreneurs working in agri-tech and other deep tech sectors, makes Incubyte the perfect business incubator for start-ups and scale-ups who seek professional and expert advice.

A relaxed and friendly environment at Cambridge Innovation Park encourages a better working lifestyle and a good working ethos with a community of like-minded members. Events, workshops and a bespoke programme of mentoring and coaching will be available to connect our members with expertise and advice from the rich Cambridge network and beyond.

Dedicated and flexible term scale-up accommodation is provided within the Incubyte.Space suite which is ideal for tech companies with the potential to grow rapidly.


EmpowerRD logo

EmpowerRD have largely automated the process of applying for R&D tax credits, meaning we’re significantly more reliable and cost effective for claimants.

We have a 100% successful claim rate with HMRC, and, because a lot of our processes are automated, we only need to charge 5% for a claim.

That makes us 3-4 times less expensive than other providers/accountants – meaning we provide an average saving of £16,000 for companies claiming through us.


The average amount received from the tax credit is £53,876 per claim, and research has shown that 80% of eligible UK business are not currently claiming. This is particularly the case amongst farm businesses.

If you’re unsure whether your activity is eligible, then get in touch and one of our account managers can assess your eligibility without any charge or commitment.

To help understand, here are a selection of relevant activities that have qualified.

  • Experimentation with new pesticides to control plant or animal disease
  • New or improved processes to increase yield upon harvest
  • Design/development of new irrigation systems
  • New or improved harvesting techniques
  • Evaluating and implementing of odour control treatment methods
  • Optimising productivity and utilisation of dairy pastures

How We Work

Our approach breaks down into four stages:

  1. Eligibility Assessment – Each client is allocated a dedicated account manager who assesses the eligibility of their claim and provides advice on how to maximise their claim value.
  2. Data Input – The client is given access to our online claims platform. The platform provides full guides, intelligent tooltips and response scorings to help ensure their claim is successful.
  3. Claim Evaluation – The account manager will asses the claim once it’s generated and make any amends necessary.
  4. HMRC Submission – Typically EmpowerRD will manage the submission, but if you wish submit via your accountant then we can provide the claim documentation necessary.