Liquid Lever Irrigation Ltd is one of the latest companies to go into contract with the Growing the Humber RGF programme.
The company’s project to research and develop revolutionary drip irrigation hoses and fittings for the horticultural sector and setting up the manufacturing process is well underway.
The investment of £138k from the Growing the Humber Fund is part of the company’s £310k project, which aims to create up to 11 jobs in the next two years.
The team at Liquid Lever Irrigation has also set up its own registered charity called Grow More Food whose purpose is to use donated money to free issue our drip irrigation kits to poor communities in Africa.
Almost 100 businesses are now in contract using £15.5m of GTH money leveraging £82.5m private investment and creating an estimated 1,300 jobs.
The sales team aims to supply Liquid Lever’s UK manufactured products to a global audience, particularly overseas in dryland countries.
Liquid Lever Irrigation has already established a number of demonstration sites in and around Nairobi, Kenya and the next stage of the project will be to develop trading links in East Africa.
Mike Brown, Managing Director of Liquid Lever Irrigation, said:
“Added to our own significant investment of time and money the grant will help us to make the transition to a solidly based manufacturing company, with a unique portfolio of intellectual property that will allow us to keep ahead of the competition for perhaps a decade or more.
“We are also pleased to be able to support poor dryland communities through our charity. There is potential for our charity to grow as we do and to work with a number of other charities in the region and throughout Africa.”
Liquid Lever is taking part in the UKTI Trade Mission to Kenya and Ethiopia in October to meet with the global aid agencies.