SmithsonHill return to the UK following a successful delegation to St Louis’s AgriTech cluster. As the UK AgriTech industry looks ahead to a post-Brexit world, SmithsonHill is trailblazing US-UK AgriTech business relationships, as part of the aim for ARC Cambridge to be both a soft-landing zone for international companies coming to the UK, and a potential launchpad for UK export companies such as DeltaT-Devices, Outfield Technologies, Dogtooth Robotics and Kisan Hub.

It was Emma Fletcher’s passion which brought the US delegation to Cambridge in February 2019, inviting Agri-Tech E (then Agri-Tech East) to co-host a networking lunch with The World Trade Center, St Louis and 39 Degrees North, who have now hosted a return trip with UK AgriTech companies who are keen to build international bridges and explore opportunities for trade.

Emma Fletcher, of SmithsonHill said,

Having hosted a tour and networking lunch in Cambridge as part of the US delegation’s visit to the UK last year, we were pleased to have been part of the reciprocal trip to St Louis, organised jointly by Agri-Tech E and The World Trade Center St Louis.

Emma continued,

Collaboration is important to us and the trip has been hugely helpful in bolstering our relationships with partners in the US.  We will be working closely together moving forward to create soft landings for AgriTech companies trading in both markets.

British Consul General Alan Gogbashian summarised the trip stating

Both Missouri and the UK are at the cutting edge of the AgriTech industry.  -Alan Gogbashian, British Consul General

As well as SmithsonHill and ARC, the trip included PBD Biotech, Wyld Networks, Willand Group, Russell Smith Farms, Joseph Camm Farm, Small Robot Company, Wroot Water and Agri-Tech E. The delegation visited plant science research facilities such as the Danforth Plant Centre, Bayer Crop Science’s global HQ and Missouri University; incubators such as the Helix Center Biotech Incubator and numerous AgriTech round-table discussions.

Group photo of US-UK DelgationIn our post-brexit economy, the UK government is putting more emphasis than ever on AgriTech, with DIT next month hosting an event about AgriTech in the UK at the World AgriTech Forum in San Francisco. Supporting the focus both on AgriTech and on mutual investment opportunities for development, Steven Wilson, formerly of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and now CEO of Innovation East underlines the importance of developing international relationships.

In the UK where we are focussed on levelling up, we can’t take our foot off the pedal on developing international relationships with a goal of foreign direct investment in the UK. – Steven Wilson, Innovation East

The SmithsonHill team look forward to developing more relationships with international AgriTech companies.  If you would like to hear more about how ARC Cambridge can help your company in the UK, please contact the team today.