AGRITECH &  aquaculture

We have highlighted the below support services to help with your business.


Agrimetrics is an agrifood data marketplace who help businesses to find and use agrifood data in order to make better products and better decisions.

Visit the Agrimetics website

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture (Cefas)

Cefas operates as an Executive Agency of Defra - the UK Government’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Cefas spearheads sustainability efforts for UK waterways, striving for robust marine and freshwater ecosystems. Its work relies on cutting-edge technology and data-driven approaches, utilising a range of surveillance tools and deploying assets like the Cefas Endeavour Research Vessel and autonomous marine vehicles to monitor aquatic environments meticulously. It also leverages breakthroughs in genomics and artificial intelligence to drive innovation and understanding. 

Recognising the vital role of science, Cefas assembles specialists across aquatic sciences domains to address challenges from aquaculture to future energy. This proactive stance extends to rapid response to marine and freshwater emergencies. 

Cefas’s laboratory in Dorset is a hub for innovation, integrating advanced technologies with cutting edge research. It collaborates closely with stakeholders to pioneer solutions, offering services such as regulatory testing and modelling for risk assessment through its Weymouth Laboratory and the Cefas aquaculture regulatory toolbox, ensuring streamlined processes for aquaculture supply chain companies. 

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Country Landowners Association

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales.

Visit the Country Landowner's Association website

Dorset Food & Drink

Dorset Food & Drink is the membership organisation for food and drink businesses based in Dorset which produce, serve and sell great local products, as well as those which celebrate their connection to this beautiful county. It’s a community interest company limited by guarantee with an asset lock which means it’s truly not-for-profit.

They work with members to support and help them get their food and drink businesses seen, known and experienced by consumers and residents here in Dorset, and by showcasing the best of local food and drink for people holidaying or visiting the county.

Members are a supportive food and drink family, and we love bringing them together to network, collaborate, celebrate, and learn from each other.

They also signpost members towards sources of grants and other support and provide up to date sector intelligence to help these businesses keep compliant and efficient.

In addition they attend events, fairs, festivals, and markets to share this wealth of produce and showcase all the local loveliness that’s made, baked, brewed, grown, farmed, fished and made right here in Dorset.

Visit Dorset Food and Drink

Dorset Innovation Park

Dorset Innovation Park is Dorset's only economic development site with Enterprise Zone status. Dorset Innovation Park is developing as an advanced engineering cluster of excellence for the South West, building on its strengths in marine, defence, energy and cyber-security.

The Park offers office space, workshop facilities and fully serviced commercial employment land with Enterprise Zone status benefits such as business rate relief, simplified planning and full fibre accessibility.

The Park offers the space and support to expand, access to local finance and a growing occupier community.  It offers a secure facility and the presence of two world leaders in defence technology - Atlas Elektronik and QinetiQ.

Find out more about Dorset Innovation Park

Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West

The Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group SouthWest (FWAG South West)  supports farmers to value the environmental assets on their land and use them for a sustainable and profitable future.

Visit FWAG South West's website

Future Farming Resilience Fund

The Future Farming Resilience programme runs across the South West. There are huge changes for the farming industry. Farmers are no longer receiving Direct Payments and, instead, are being supported to improve the environment, improve animal health and welfare, and reduce carbon emissions.

Throughout this period of change, called the Agricultural Transition, Defra is funding the Future Farming Resilience project to support farmers and land managers.

There will be three levels of support aimed at paying for sustainable farming practices, creating habitats for nature recovery and making landscape-scale change such as establishing new woodland and other ecosystem services.

FFR support is freely available to any farmer or land manager who has been in receipt of BPS, has an SBI and more than 5ha of land, and who lives in Devon, Somerset, Dorset or Cornwall.

Find out more about the Future Farming Resilience programme

Maritime UK South West 

A public, private, research partnership focusing on the Great South West dedicated to increasing the marine and maritime economy. Maritime UK South West brings together a network of South West partners to develop and promote four overlapping and complimentary world class marine centres of excellence with the potential to exploit global market opportunities and create transformational economic growth for the region.

  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Autonomy & Geospatial Data
  • Marine Manufacturing
  • Ocean Technology & Aquaculture

Visit Maritime UK South West's website


The NFU is the most successful representation body for agriculture and horticulture in England and Wales. Their purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for their members.

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One Health

‘One Health' is an approach to design and implement programmes and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes, recognising the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health in achieving this.

Find out more about One Health 

South West Agritech

The South West is England’s largest and most rural region with rich, diverse natural resources, a strong and growing network of over 200 innovative agritech companies, working with industry-leading academics and Research and Development institutions.

Visit South West Agritech's website

South West Aquaculture Network (SWAN)

SWAN, part of MUKSW, aims to sustainably enhance aquaculture production in line with the evolving national aquaculture strategy and international development goals.  SWAN is comprised of diverse members representing industry, academia and public sector organisations.

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UK Agritech Centre

The UK Agri-Tech Centre offers a complete life-cycle of support, driving agri-tech innovation and adoption through world-class facilities, expert knowledge and business support, saving you time and accelerating your progress.

The centre strengthens the connections between science, business and funders to accelerate research and development, tackling the agri-industry’s most critical challenges such as climate change, labour availability, disease mitigation and environmental sustainability.

Visit the UK Agritech Centre's website