Local company at Innovate UK event

Soilessentials Ltd sales manager Rod Armour and soil sample manager Alison Easson looking at PH value maps at their offices.

Soilessentials Ltd sales manager Rod Armour and soil sample manager Alison Easson looking at PH value maps at their offices.

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A local business has been selected to take part at this year’s Innovate UK event in London, alongside 120 other UK companies.

SoilEssentials Ltd, which is based at Hilton of Fern, is at the two-day conference which exhibits exciting and forward-thinking companies.

The event, which takes place today (Wednesday) and tomorrow, is expected to have more than 3,000 attendees, including investors, representatives from government and academia, and international visitors from 30 markets including Brazil, China, Japan and the USA.

SoilEssentials, one of the leading Precision Agriculture companies in the UK, had to pass through a stringent application process to be selected for the event. They are one of four Scottish business selected to take part, alongside Holoxica Ltd and Li-Fi Research & Development Centre from Edinburgh, and Glasgow-based mLED Ltd.

Innovate UK takes place annually and is jointly hosted by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and Innovate UK. It is the UK’s largest multi-sector conference and exhibition for entrepreneurs, innovators, exporters and investors.

Iain Gray, chief executive of Innovate UK, said: “The UK is brilliant at innovation and the calibre of exhibitors at this year’s event is testament not only to the UK’s position as a world class centre of excellence, but also the extent to which we are supporting, encouraging and facilitating business growth and technological advancement. Having access to the right funding, connections and support is essential for businesses to succeed in today’s global economy, and Innovate UK is playing an integral role in driving and accelerating growth for companies such as these.”

Dominic Jermey, chief executive of UKTI, added: “Innovation is recognised as a leading driver for economic growth. It fosters new industry developments and creates the right environment to stimulate exports and inward investment. The exhibitors at this year’s event have a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to share across multiple sectors; they really do represent the ‘best of the best’.”