Seeking Industry Leader for Biorenewables Task Group

09 March 2016

We are seeking a senior figure from the agriculture, food or bio-renewables sector to chair an industry led task group. The role is to lead on identifying the major investments needed to secure York’s position as a global leader in bio-renewable products and materials.

 The bio-economy is a real USP and major economic opportunity for the area. Locally there are four times more agriculture and food businesses than the English average, along with a significant number of global food brands such as Nestle, Heineken and McCain and far more sector specialist scientists than average.

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Chairman Barry Dodd CBE said: “It makes sense to focus our efforts in the bio-economy. We have had some major wins recently in terms of agriculture and food, such as £50m of Government investment in two Centres of Excellence at Sand Hutton. The University of York is leading a large agri-food project for the N8 consortium of northern universities, and Yorkshire’s first Food Enterprise Zone is getting underway in Malton. We need to augment this with significant investments in bio-renewables, to capitalise on our industrial base and the knowledge and expertise of organisations like the Biorenewables Development Centre.”

The focus of the task group is to respond to the needs of industry, identifying the capital investments which will enable the regions businesses to accelerate their growth and capitalise on this global opportunity.

 Chairman Barry Dodd added: “Bio-renewables are going to be hugely important in future, as we face the twin challenges of feeding a growing population and moving away from fossil fuels. We will continue to work with our partners to build on the great work that has already taken place and establish a pipeline of investments that meet the growth needs of industry.”

Potential chairs are invited to register their interest in chairing the group by email to Tim Frenneaux, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the LEP before March 31st at [email protected]