Barclays launched Eagle Lab Farm to boost future of UK agriculture
The Lab and the surrounding farm offers entrepreneurs and researchers access to Lincoln’s cutting-edge Agri-tech resources - to support farmers as they tackle ongoing challenges and help rural farming communities become leaders in applying technology to agriculture.
Barclays’ partnership with the University of Lincoln will support the UK farming sector to innovate, grow and thrive and become the most digitally enabled farming industry in the world.
It will be the 25th Lab in Barclays’ Eagle Lab network of co-working spaces for start-ups and scale-ups around the country, the largest network of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The resources on offer at the Eagle Lab Farm include a dedicated robotics lab, a demonstration packhouse and a model refrigerated supermarket aisle available for the entrepreneurs and researchers.
The Riseholme research campus also features traditional test and growing areas, including soft fruit and crop growing facilities, beef cattle and sheep herds, a walled garden and commercial polytunnel growth spaces.
A long-standing supporter of agriculture, Barclays has over 275 years’ experience in the sector. Alongside providing access to the lab, Barclays will also support entrepreneurs with an on-site Ecosystem Manager, access to banking services, business expertise, mentoring and coaching from scale-up specialists, as well as a full year-round events programme dedicated to promoting technology and innovation in the farming community. ■