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Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park

For business

A rural hub for tech and creative businesses buzzing with passion, energy, and ideas. Offering private offices, workspaces and meeting rooms with flexible membership plans.

Calling all entrepreneurs, thinkers and innovators...

Have you ever thought about turning your products or extending your operations to the land-based sector?

Hartpury Tech Box Park is a workspace hub made up of thriving start-ups, creative entrepreneurs and SMEs. The five repurposed shipping containers clad in cedar wood sit within Hartpury’s commercial farm overlooking the stunning Malvern Hills, just 5 miles from Gloucester.

Our self-contained workspaces and hot-desking facilities offer free on-site parking, business support and access to Hartpury's commercial farm for testing and trialing. There are meeting rooms for hire and breakout spaces for product launches. We arrange regular events to bring the Tech Box Park community together and make connections that unlock the power of our network.

Join us and look at your business in a different way.

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Space to grow

Place your business in the heart of Gloucestershire, 5th largest county in the South West, rich in agricultural heritage, and with 74% of the region's land area used for primary food production, where better to take a deep dive into the world of agriculture and grow your business?

From enabling a social enterprise to create a test bed for trailing hemp derivatives in animal bedding, to showcasing the world’s most innovative anti-theft solution for agricultural machinery and testing 100% plant-based compostable packaging on hay bales – the Tech Box Park has already provided an invaluable space and place for innovative thinking.

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Offices to leave home for

Need a change of scenery? Opening onto acres of farmland, each of our five self-contained workspace units is the perfect place to meet, greet, and impress clients. The 16ft x 40ft Tech Box Park units have been created using environmentally friendly, repurposed shipping containers clad in cedar wood and complement the local environment at Hartpury's commercial Home Farm.

Our Tech Box Park offers dedicated, practical working space, access to Hartpury's commercial farm, Home Farm and an extended farming network for practical trials and feasibility testing across the county where businesses can explore, test, research and develop new products, or enhance existing ones.

There are different ways to join us - day co-working space, designated desk, office space for up to six people, and rooms available for team away days, meetings, or product launches.

 

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Tech Box Park Membership Opportunities

Our members come in different shapes and sizes. You may be an entrepreneur starting up a new business, an established business looking to test and trial new products for the land-based sector, or a freelancer looking to work more flexibly. In all cases, we have what you need to thrive.

  • Day Member - £20 per day* Your desk for the day.
  • Virtual Membership - £150 per month* Be part of the virtual community with exclusive event invites and access to the members-only portal.
  • Associate Membership - £150 per month* A comprehensive support package, exclusive event invites, and access to the members-only portal but with limited access to facilities.
  • Full Membership - £350 per month* A comprehensive support package, discounted use of facilities, dedicated workspace, access to the members-only portal, innovation expertise, and exclusive event invites.
  • Residential Membership - Enquire* Dedicated unit for your team, a comprehensive support package, access to the members-only portal, and exclusive event invites
  • Residential Membership Plus – Enquire* Dedicated unit for your team, a comprehensive support package, access to the members portal, exclusive event invites plus access to the Agri-Tech Centre benefits.

*Includes VAT

Tech Box Park members

AmyB Ltd

Innovative cybersecurity expert

“I’ve had a great career so far with the opportunity to learn and practice different aspects of cybersecurity consulting. Going forward, I want to make a positive impact by leveraging my hardware and cybersecurity expertise to contribute to the land-based sector's growth and safety.” Amy Brooks, AmyB Ltd

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Hills Design

Design to stand out

Hills Design has lived and breathed branding for over two decades. Renowned for their innovative perspectives and limitless creativity, Hills Design empowers small start-ups and SMEs within the food and drink industry to compete alongside well-established products on supermarket shelves.

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Dexdyne

Specialist in design, manufacture & installation of remote monitoring equipment

“Our company received its initial order for this technology long before the concept of the cloud had even entered mainstream consciousness. Our innovation was recognised with a prestigious Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) SMART award, and since then, we have successfully established a customer base spanning Canada, the USA, and Africa. Our work is varied, ranging from developing intelligent systems to gauge pollution levels in urban areas to implementing smart monitoring solutions for profiling energy consumption on a large site.” Bharat Gupta, Managing Director

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CambridgeIQ

Delivering business results through innovation, development, strategy and IP commercialisation

“I look for innovation in everything I do! It’s the cross-fertilisation of ideas that really excites me. I’ve worked in a range of sectors and use my technology toolbox to bring nuggets of clever stuff from one business to another. I want to help solve real-world problems around the technology, business, and people working in agri-tech - a sector that I see as absolutely critical for the future of mankind.” Steve Watts, MD and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Haydn Green Institute

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Nero Blanco / Declaration Software

IT migration specialists

“We are expert IT consultants with over 50 years of complex, large-scale migration experience between us. We have never met a problem we could not solve, so we decided to develop smart software that helps businesses conquer the hurdles that waste time and money, day in, and day out." Anna Stokes, Nero Blanco

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Chronos Technology Ltd

Offering deep specialist skills and expertise across a range of technologies

"Being employee-owned, we all have a strong say in what happens which has created a fantastic energy in the company. I’m also personally excited to don a pair of wellies and have a chat, better understand farmer perspectives (particularly those working in vertical farming or with automated farm machinery which has sparked my interest), and talk with young, tech-savvy farmers of the future – Hartpury students.” Lewis Owen, Sales Analysis & Development Executive

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Mainstream Digital

Digital solutions to streamline your business

"Having access to the Hartpury network will help us open a new conversation door and discovery workshops with Gloucestershire farmers about future communications needs for the agriculture sector." Iryna Okhrymenko, Product Manager

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FHE Technology

Helping businesses with their IT requirements

“I take great satisfaction in helping businesses source what they need at the best value. My business is me and I aim to give a high-quality service and supply the right solution and equipment first time, every time, even if it means getting a bespoke unit built - and I’ll literally spend as long as it takes to do that.” Robin Cook, Founder

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Bridl

Digitalising the showjumping industry

“During the last few years and especially due to the Covid-19 pandemic, show jumping has been digitised in ways that people could not have imagined ten years ago. Riders from all over the world are involving more and more technology in their day-to-day operations. Whether it is to close sales or to manage their horses’ operations – the growth of digitisation in show jumping has become inevitable.” Marie Marks, Founder and CEO, Bridl

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Creating Business Growth (CBG) Ltd

Thinking differently about tomorrow's business

“Helping the future growth of field-to-fork businesses at Hartpury has lit my excitement – it has immense potential. The agricultural technology sector is such an exciting horizon to work with moving forward and the opportunity to unleash tech value in the food industries is enormous.” Paul Drabble, Founder, CBG Ltd

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Concept Dairy

Empowering dairy farmers to take control of their milk price

Working with every part of the dairy supply chain, Concept Dairy brings pricing transparency to the global dairy industry. Its mission is to transform the industry to create a fair platform where farmers choose what price they will get for their milk, processors are able to understand, quantify and manage their price risk with confidence, and dairy buyers receive efficiency and value.

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Mindset4Success

Equipping people with the confidence, presentation & interpersonal skills to succeed in life

"I'm passionate about farming and want to help the agricultural community get the best out of themselves and the people that work for them." Kim Harvey, Director and Transformational Coach

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BioStart Security

Delivering the world's most innovative anti-theft driver identification solution

Using Hartpury’s commercial farm and machinery as a test bed, BioStart Security intend to use the Tech Box Park membership to showcase its artificial intelligence biometric technologies in a ‘real world’ agricultural setting.

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ProTrack Solutions Ltd

The UK's most innovative vehicle tracking & fleet management system

We are massively excited to install our technology on Hartpury’s working farm and invite the movers and shakers in the agricultural and insurance industries to come and see the potential in our products.” Kevin Pope, Founder and Group Managing Director

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EcoversityUK

Cultivating future through hemp innovation

"Sharing the hemp story, establishing the future market, and playing a part in the education of future agriculturalists – Hartpury students, is a ground-breaking initiative that I am proud to be championing here at Hartpury.” Marcus Morley-Jones, EcoversityUK Chairman

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Empowering farmers

“I want to better understand the challenges faced by farmers and agricultural communities – including anxiety, stress, depression, and loss (e.g. including the grieving process associated with the loss of crops) and equip individuals with the tools to recognise and arrest these negative behaviours.”

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Catenna

"I'm looking to drive more effective connections between academia and business so that we can address societal challenges, but also support more commercial opportunities".

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Bridging the gap between industry and academia

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Helping farmers make better business decisions

"We are in a huge time of change as the UK moves into a new era of agriculture. Farmers are the most important people in this industry, and we want to support them to make more informed and better business decisions. Driving these improvements will ultimately help us all strive toward a stronger agricultural industry."

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DronePrep

Preparing the world for a future with drones

“The DronePrep team have been working closely with the Hartpury Agritech team to explore how farmers can use drones to create diversified income for farm estates. It has been an amazing adventure thus far and we are incredibly excited to join the Tech Box Park community to strengthen ties with Hartpury and the farming community.”

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Sustainable Business Design Ltd

Helping SMEs grow sustainably

"By placing the tools for driving sustainable growth into the hands of every business leader, we can build a community determined to make sustainability business as usual.”

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Novazera

Making life safer

The University’s academic and agri-tech staff and students provide a perfect opportunity for partnership for both organisations, and we look forward to developing more learning opportunities as well as innovative products and solutions.”

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Emerald Research

Delivering sustainable optimised crop performance

"Emerald Research is a market leader in researching and developing our <strong>OptiYield&nbsp;</strong>'Next Generation' plant nutrient, bio stimulant, and biological products. We're very excited to be working with Hartpury to develop, communicate, and inform the agricultural community and wider public about the importance of these technologies towards sustainable, net-zero, and regenerative farming."

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First Base Solutions / Live Farmer

Helping farmers increase crop yield and farm profitability

“As a company we are highly innovative. Whether it’s using drone technology to scare pigeons or detect pests in crops, killing pathogens using UV Lighting, or developing sand heat storage energy solutions to take farms towards zero carbon. We hope that all our technologies will have a significant impact on the industry."

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AJW Solutions / Samboards

Creating a novel range of green products designed to reduce anxiety, manage stress & keep focus

“I am enthusiastic about our products and the mental health and well-being benefits using our ‘touch and feel’ products bring to our users. The testing and trialing using fellow Tech Box member, Novazera’s new Biopolymer products is a brand-new innovation for us and something that, we are extremely excited about.”

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Awaretag

Applying innovative 'tech' to create the right environment for people & plants

“We want to now apply our technology to something that has always been at the back of our minds – indoor agriculture. The Tech Box not only gives us a place to better understand environmental factors affecting plant growth and yield, but also provides a space to collaborate, share ideas and find solutions to problems."

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BioViron

Leading experts in compostable materials since 2005

"The potential to develop something ground-breaking here is real. Whether it’s testing dissolvable tree tubes that disappear or trailing compostable film as a workable alternative to plastic hay bale wrap, we’re excited to work with Hartpury’s agricultural experts to test samples on the fields in real life where it should be, rather than in a laboratory.”

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Robert Bilsland

Software consultant

"Like most other sectors, Agriculture is producing more and more data by the day, and not being realistic about what's achievable can lead to frustration as things don't materialise as envisioned. It's my desire to provide a service that will help turn other people's ideas into reality."

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Cavago

A booking platform for the horse world

A technology company aiming to connect riders of all levels to equestrian adventures, disciplines, horse breeds, schools, and facilities around the world.

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Map of Ag

Connecting agriculture

A leading provider of insight and knowledge to the agri-food industry, Map of Ag works with agriculture clients across the world delivering pioneering analytics, modelling, and research.

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MyOxygen

Bespoke mobile app & web development

We can see an amazing amount of opportunity around IoT in agriculture. Joining the Tech Box Park community offers us a unique chance to work in partnership with farmers, learn from them, and create business-changing solutions.”

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Samboards

Engaging the sense of touch

Manufacturers of a range of sensory products which help with Sensory Activated Motor-skills (SAM) designed to reduce anxiety, manage stress, and enhance the mental health and well-being of users.

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Our funders

Funding for Hartpury’s Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park has been provided by the GFirst LEP ‘Getting Building Fund’, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

Contact us...

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available for your business, we’d love to hear from you