Innovate UK have very recently provided the outcome of the assessment of our expression of interest for a Fresh and Prepared Produce Innovation Centre. We are disappointed that our bid for a specific centre for Fresh and Prepared Produce has been unsuccessful. However, the HIP has since invited to represent the sector at a collaboration event on 15 January organised by Innovate UK to build consortia for the Centres for Agricultural Innovation and we will also take part in a follow up collaboration workshop on 27 January. We are encouraged by this and will take a full and active part in these consortia-building events.
The HIP's priority remains, as we have always stated, to make sure that the Fresh Produce sector is positioned to take best advantage of whatever landscape of innovation centres are eventually funded while taking account of the industry's identified needs.
We will keep you informed of any significant developments.