MediaCityUK’s tech hub The Landing has announced a new partnership with UK AgriTech incubator Farm491.

The Landing claims the new partnership is the first of its kind in the North of England.

Farm491 was launched by the Royal Agricultural University to provide a space for innovators developing technology-driven agricultural solutions to critical environmental issues.

The new partnership will see its support expand into the North of England, with The Landing providing space and facilities to Farm491’s member businesses as well as access to events and collaboration opportunities.

Farm491 and The Landing will also co-host a number of events and workshops at both sites, extending the reach of both organisations to new areas of the UK and engaging with a new audience of AgriTech and ‘Agrifood’ entrepreneurs.

“We’re extremely proud and excited to be partnering with Farm491,” said James Summerton, Business Development Manager at The Landing.

“The AgriTech industry holds the keys to unlocking solutions to today’s major environmental issues, and technologies currently being developed in Farm491 include biotechnology, robotics and bespoke software.”

“As the population expands and shifts, green technology will need play an even greater part in agriculture.

“Salford has set its intentions to be the biggest and best Smart City in the country and The Landing is home to the UK’s first 5G enabled immersive lab, so we are ideally placed to offer Farm491 members the space to create, collaborate and test.”

Luke Halsey, entrepreneur in residence at Farm491, commented, “The Landing has a great reputation with high growth tech companies and so we are excited to bring our AgriTech knowledge to complement this.

“We approached The Landing due to demand from our member businesses for a base in the North of England to allow them to develop across the UK, and we’re confident this collaboration offers the very best in terms of space, facilities, connections and opportunities.”