GrowUp Urban Farms to receive funding and business advice to benefit the community

GrowUp Urban Farms is to receive funding and business advice from Urban Food Routes, an initiative to support a variety of London’s small food enterprises to gain expert advice and funding to enable them to thrive and benefit their local communities.

Funded by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Seeds of Change®, and co-ordinated by the Plunkett Foundation, Growing Communities and London Food Link, from Waltham Forest to Westminster, over 80 social enterprises and privately-run businesses applied for funding and support.

Applications were received from a range of enterprises; from growers to bakers, retailers and caterers; from street food vendors to distributers and market traders. Of these, thirty-two have been selected to receive support including GrowUp.

Kate Hofman from GrowUp said: “This is a great way for us develop a structured volunteering programme at the GrowUp Box. We get lots of people interested in learning about aquaponics and urban farming and we’d like to be able to get more people involved in what we do.”

Chair of the London Food Board, Rosie Boycott, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide practical support to this crop of budding food entrepreneurs like GrowUp. The funding and advice is set to help these small businesses to grow and prosper in London’s thriving food sector. This is an area of our economy that provides employment to hundreds of thousands of Londoners and helps maintain the capital’s reputation as a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and visit.”

Gary Youren, Brand Manager at Seeds of Change®, said: “We are especially pleased to be able to support so many urban growing schemes. I am really looking forward to seeing how Urban Food Routes can build connections between the participating enterprises and how as a collective we can get more Londoners buying and eating local food.”

Peter Couchman, Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and are delighted to be working with so many exciting and enthusiastic enterprises that value their communities. Our congratulations go out to these organisations.”

Enterprises who applied to Urban Food Routes were able to choose the type of support they need including business advice, mentoring and funding up to £8,000.

Visit the Urban Food Routes website for more information on the programme