The objective of London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic (LAFIC) is to increase the number of London’s Agri-Food Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) investing in research and development by offering an Innovation Strategy and Product Development Programme that will support them to develop innovative Products, Processes and Services (PPSs).
SMEs offering products or services around agriculture, horticulture, and food
and drink manufacture, processing, distribution, and technology.
SMEs that need specialised and expert support to overcome know-how barriers to improve existing or develop new products/processes/services will receive Innovation Vouchers to work together with LSBU’s Academics on Applied Research projects. The main aim of Applied Research projects is to find concrete solutions to the specific problems the SME is facing in the development of the new product through the practical application of science theories, knowledge, methods, and techniques.
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LAFIC brings with it significant knowledge of the food industry through its access to LSBU academics as well as a vast network of professional consultants and strategic partners. This, when tailored to each participant, is expected to give them the tools to grow their business and reach their potential.
Each participant will receive an initial one to one consultation with LAFIC staff to better understand their business needs. From this we can develop a customised program which can include, innovation workshops, consultancy, product development & testing, focussed networking and business promotion.
LSBU is home to the National Bakery School and the London Food Centre, as such has a variety of facilities including industry standard facilities, food sensory analysis room, food technology laboratory, 3D printer and high pressure equipment for food processing to name a few. LAFIC participants will have access to these facilities to support applied research, product development and testing.
After the application process is completed, a member of the project team will get in touch with you to set up an initial consultation.
Together, we will create your bespoke Innovation Strategy - it ensures that you have the appropriate level of support throughout your innovation journey.
Once we have agreed your Innovation Strategy, you are able to access the full spectrum of support that LAFIC is able to offer.
Apply below to get completely free access to all that LAFIC has to offer. The programme is open to: