Horticulture consultancy sees more international business

Steve Harper's Sharper Thinking is working with Italian, Irish and Finnish companies looking at the UK market.

Steve Harper
Steve Harper
Harper says the moves are bucking the idea of a Brexit downturn and he has been surprised not only by the number of enquiries from foreign businesses interested in investing in UK horticulture in the last 12 months.
Sharper Thinking Associate Richard Gianfrancesco said: "Working with businesses across Europe including Finland, Ireland and Italy in the last 12 months, it is clear that many see a great opportunity across a number of different sectors in UK horticulture. Our clients have been willing to invest in the UK, despite the Brexit vote, and have not been put off by the uncertainty of future trading agreements.
"Where we have investigated specific market sectors for our European clients, the majority have increased investment in UK horticulture, which is great news for our economy. However, Sharper Thinking Associates is keen to help and support UK-based companies too. It’s imperative for our industry that national and regional companies keep pace with industry developments and ensure they are not left behind."
The company said it had signed non-disclosure agreements with most companies it is working with but can mention the following:
Promeco - Italian machinery manufacturer
3F - Environmental growing media 
HTA - Responsible Sourcing Scheme

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