Agri-tech firm relocates to larger premises

The B-hive Innovations team

Lincolnshire agri-tech firm B-hive Innovations has relocated to larger premises to further its expansion into the fresh produce industry, with the move creating 12 new jobs.

The company has moved into a 2,680 sq ft workspace at the Alchemy Building on Lincoln Science & Innovation Park just a stone’s throw from its previous offices at Boole Technology Centre.

The move is expected to enhance B-hive’s project delivery and commercialised entity capabilities.

It comes after the firm secured the backing of Innovate UK and DEFRA to research and develop sustainable ways to grow, store and transport potatoes. In September, B-hive, along with several commercial and academic partners, was awarded £2.06m by The Farming Innovation Programme to investigate new methods that will contribute towards a net zero carbon supply chain.

Its new office boasts meeting rooms, hot-desking space and a dedicated cluster for machine learning.

Three of the firm’s new recruits, Dr Andrew Gill, Dr Mercedes Torres Torres and Dr Ben Murphy, have been appointed to leadership positions.

Tom Blount, director at Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, said: “We are delighted that B-hive has made the move into one of our phase two development buildings. As one of our long-standing anchor tenants, its continued presence in the park contributes hugely to the entire scientific community that we are rapidly building.”

Gill, general manager at B-hive, said: “The new facility is a fantastic enabler for our rapidly expanding workforce and project partners to undertake pioneering agri-tech research and development. We hope to continue to expand our team, as we apply strategically for additional funding to develop agri-tech innovations.”

Torres Torres, head of machine learning at the firm, added: “The machine learning cluster will give us more flexibility and room for our dedicated team to develop our various projects. We continuously seek improvements to our software and these new facilities will enable B-hive to become a world leader in delivering machine learning-driven agri-tech solutions to progress sustainable innovation in the fresh produce sector.”

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