We plan to become a global leader in food manufacturing, agri-tech and biorenewables, and with our partners are making progress in that direction.

The Bioeconomy is a catch-all term for those industries that are involved in producing food, energy and other useful materials from biological resources. Over 10 per cent of our economy comes from this sector, a higher proportion than any other LEP area. We also have double the national average of people working in research and development in the sector, around 2,800 people, a significant economic asset to capitalise on.

Image from The Food and Environment Research Agency  Tunnels with lettuce  man looking at grain under microscope
(Left image) The National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, which is home to Fera and two agri-food centres of excellence.

York is becoming the Cambridge of the North as a hub for innovation, research and technology and we’re making strides in the right direction. BioVale is at the heart of this ambition, by linking the different institutions to work together including FERA Science, Stockbridge Technology Centre and the Biorenewables Development Centre, and we continue to support them in their work.

Major strides forward have also been made with the establishment of Yorkshire’s first Food Enterprise Zone in Malton, and with major investments in the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus at Sand Hutton.

You can see all our ambitions for 2021 by clicking our Strategic Economic Plan Update
For our current progress see our Annual Report

Learn about our Bioeconomy Development Officer Dr Gesa Reiss

Read her blog on What the Bioeconomy is all About

Bioeconomy Growth Fund

The second round of our Bioeconomy Growth Fund is now open for applications. You can read more about what this involves and eligibility here.

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