Littleport farming company J. Gilbert & Son Ltd gets £150,000 grant to help finance major project

J. Gilbert & Son Ltd has received a grant.

J. Gilbert & Son Ltd has received a grant. - Credit: Archant

A farming company based in Littleport has been awarded a £150,000 grant to help grow their business.

J. Gilbert & Son Ltd will use the grant to help finance a 1,800 tonne capacity combinable crop store with continuous flow dryer, which will increase productivity and improve efficiency.

Working with Anglia Farmers, they have been awarded funding through the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth initiative.

Mark Gilbert, from J. Gilbert & Son, said: “We are thrilled to receive additional funding through the Agri-Tech grant scheme.

“The business will now be able to offer a complete harvesting, drying and storage solution to existing and new local farming customers, as well as investigating opportunities in alternative and high value combinable crops.

“The design of the building incorporates environmentally friendly features such as Rainwater Harvesting and Energy Efficiency savings.”

The Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative is funded by the Regional Growth Fund, thanks to a successful bid by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) with Cambridgeshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, New Anglia LEP and the local authorities covering this area.

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Grants are available to organisations looking to invest in new market and supply chain development, ways to improve productivity and efficiency, and the progression, application and commercialisation of research and development.