An interest in food production led former management consultant Kate Hofman, 32, and biologist Tom Webster, 30, to set up this company in 2013. Following two years of research, they opened Unit 84, a 6,000 sq ft prototype farm in an industrial warehouse in Beckton, East London, combining aquaculture (fish farming) with hydroponics (growing plants in water), and selling tilapia fish to restaurant chain Rosa’s Thai Café, and salad and herbs to customers across London including Whole Foods. After having proved the commercial potential of the concept, the company now plans to roll out further aquaponic farms which, it says, will be able to produce 20,000kg of salad a year, challenging conventionally grown produce in a market forecast to be worth £2.1bn by 2019.

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Company details
Year2017
CompanyGrowUp Urban Farms
ActivitySustainable agriculture developer
LocationEast London
Founded2013
Websitewww.growup.org.uk

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