I spent the afternoon at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden officially opening Timac Agro’s new UK head office on the Rothamsted campus. Timac Agro UK, which specialises in crop, soil, plant and livestock nutrition, moved here at the end of last year to further develop its research and industry links. The move built on a long-standing link between the company and Rothamsted’s scientists, sparked initially by Malcolm Hawkesford, head of the Department of Plant Sciences and leader of the institute’s strategic involvement in the Designing Future Wheat programme.
When people ask me “What is the Industrial Strategy?” I say that Rothamsted, and Timac Agro, represent exactly what we are trying to achieve in the agri-science sector in the UK. This partnership, which is developing a fantastic ecosystem of research and development, will lead to real-life improvement in people’s lives. I am also going to make sure I speak up for Rothamsted with government ministers as they negotiate our departure from the EU – we need to ensure that access to funds for scientific research and access to high quality scientists from across Europe is at the top of the Government’s agenda.
Thank you for inviting me – it was a pleasure.