AHDB horticulture business development head Steve Tones said: "Following my three-year review, the HIP Board has asked me, subject to the approval of the new AHDB chief strategy officer, who takes up his appointment on 5 October, to put together and lead a small team to negotiate a new business plan with the key prospective funders and delivery partners. If the outcome is successful, the intention is that the HIP will be re-launched in radically different form at the start of the 2016/17 financial year.
"The HIP Ccommunications group will continue to provide updates on progress as and when appropriate over the coming months."
Meanwhile, The HIP Ornamental strategy is now "very near" completion. HIP's Mark Tatchell has been coordinating the editing. The intention is that it will be co-launched with the Roundtable Action Plan in October, "but final agreement from all parties is needed before this can be confirmed".