From Seeds to Riches: Innovation Incentives for the Fresh Produce Industry

Ready to sprout growth in your fresh produce business? Dig in, because we're serving up a veritable feast in this webinar bursting with financial sunshine and ripe incentives!

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Thomas Ferguson

Naomi Ikeda

Jonathan Memel

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In conjunction with the Fresh Produce Consortium, Ayming offers an insightful exploration of innovation funding specific to the Fresh Produce sector.

The webinar will be presented by leading R&D tax expert Naomi Ikeda, former Michelin-trained chef turned food and beverage sector lead Tom Ferguson, and Dr Jonathan Memel, Head of Grant Funding at Ayming UK. In 45 minutes, you’ll learn all about how your innovation can fund your business through various schemes, such as R&D tax incentives and government grants.

Cash in on R&D Tax Credits:

  • Discover how your everyday innovations, from breeding super-sweet strawberries to perfecting compostable packaging, can be eligible for R&D tax credits.
  • Beat the clock: Get the lowdown on the upcoming R&D tax scheme changes before you miss your chance.
  • Learn the ins and outs of claiming through R&D tax schemes – no green thumb required!

Reap the bounty of grant funding opportunities:

  • Dive into the Farming Innovation Programme and other hidden gems, funding your next big breakthrough.
  • Learn about the IETF, now open for controlled environment horticulture.
  • Get expert guidance on navigating the grant landscape and maximising your chances of success.

No matter the size of your greenhouse or your choice of crop, this webinar is your golden ticket to:

  • Slashing your tax bill and reinvesting in growth.
  • Fuelling ground-breaking R&D that puts you ahead of the pack.
  • Accessing valuable funding to make your business fly.

You can view all of our previous webinars on-demand here.

Your hosts

Thomas Ferguson has over 17 years of experience in the food industry, including food service, education, new product development, kitchen design and account management. The diversity of his expertise grants him a well-rounded understanding of the industry, allowing him to effectively support a wide range of our Food & Drink partners.

Naomi Ikeda is a Senior Manager of R&D Tax incentives at Ayming UK and part of the consulting leadership team. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology as well as a BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology. Over her time at Ayming, she has worked on numerous claims for our food & beverage clients and has a deep understanding of the sector.

Dr Jonathan Memel leads Ayming’s UK Grants practice. He joined Ayming with seven years’ experience in innovation and research grants. He has worked extensively with the major sources of grant funding for UK businesses, including Innovate UK, the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ), and Horizon Europe.