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Supporting Innovative Agrifood SMEs: A Review of the Support Ecosystems in the UK, Ireland, and Iceland

In late 2021, EIT Food’s North West regional office (EIT Food NW) conducted primary research to understand the innovation ecosystem landscape across our geographic region (Ireland, Iceland, and the UK) in order to identify what support for innovative agrifood SMEs already existed, and where there were gaps in the support infrastructure where EIT Food could leverage its specific expertise and extensive networks to maximise its impact, via collaboration with other national and regional organisations.

The research took into consideration the similarities and the differences across the region, including between the devolved nations of the UK. The recommendations highlight how EIT Food can support and harness the different regional infrastructures and facilities to benefit the wider geographic region, addressing the need for business support, communication, and coordination.