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£14.5 Million of New Investment in UK Food and Environment Research Agency

£14.5 Million of New Investment in UK Food and Environment Research Agency
February 16
09:54 2015

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced £14.5 million of new investment in the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) through a joint venture with Capita and Newcastle University. This is part of Defra’s ambitious science programme and recognition of the importance of cutting-edge research. The joint venture will expand the agency’s world-leading scientific capability and strengthen its role in food safety research. It will enable Fera to play an even greater role in helping to drive growth in the UK’s £100 billion agri-food industry.

The investment builds upon the £2.7 million already committed by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to Defra’s National Agri-Food Innovation Campus York, where Fera is based.

Fera has a significant presence in the agri-food market where it is already recognised as an internationally respected scientific organisation. As the joint venture partner, Capita, will bring valuable commercial expertise and experience enabling Fera to maximise its capabilities. The venture also includes the creation of a joint academic institute with Newcastle University aimed at advancing the understanding and application of science to practical agri-food problems.

In bringing together the public sector, private sector and academia, the joint venture allows Fera to build on its reputation as an international centre of excellence and provide the invaluable scientific services that Defra and wider Government will continue to require in the future.

It is intended that the new joint venture will commence operating on 1 April 2015.

Hilary Aldridge (pictured), head of Fera, comments: “I am looking forward to working with Capita and Newcastle University to strengthen Fera’s existing scientific quality and international reputation. By bringing Capita’s wealth of commercial and Fera’s scientific experience, along with the £14.5 million investment, we will safeguard the long term future of Fera and increase our ability to grow our business, both to the UK government and new commercial customers globally. This is an exciting time for our staff, customers and for Fera.”

Fera’s remit is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and expert professional advice to government, international organisations and industry, in order to support and develop a sustainable and secure food chain, a healthy natural environment.

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