Deadline Expired: Invitation to quote to provide Farm491 website technical support and maintenance – 24 months.

Executive Summary

Farm491, is AgriTech Business Incubator of the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) was set up in 2016 and is a space for AgriTech entrepreneurs and innovators to grow their businesses by applying technology into agriculture.

It’s called Farm491 because, as well as providing high-spec facilities created to foster Entrepreneurship, ideas generation and collaboration, it includes 491 hectares of Cotswold Farmland for research and testing.

Farm491 is offering start up space at the RAU’s main campus in Cirencester (Trent Lodge), a farm based Innovation Centre at nearby Harnhill Farms and at a state of the art incubation hub “The Alliston Centre” opening in July 2018 – these are affordable and flexible office, workshops and co-working environments where aspiring Agri-Tech entrepreneurs can launch and grow their businesses into sustainable ventures.

Farm491 currently operates as a membership organisation and has a comprehensive web presence www.farm491.com used as the main point of contact with likeminded community outside RAU. With increased facilities and activities we need to broaden the quality and depth of our reach in the AgriTech start up and SME UK and global ecosystem.

In addition to the physical facilities, Farm491 is also running an ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funded project called Inspiring AgriTech Innovation Programme www.farm491.com/iai to support AgriTech initiatives, entrepreneurs and SMEs with business knowledge and skills to help them to launch and scale their young start-ups to long term sustainable ventures.

Our web site is well designed, informative and attracts regular visitors.  It is on a Word Press platform and is currently hosted by an RAU approved web hosting site called Surpic.  We are not looking to relocate the website but are looking to contract out the Tech Support side of our website maintenance.  The website needs to be regularly updated with membership changes, fresh blogs, videos, client’s case studies, team profiles and newsletter distribution database.   Event pages are updated internally. The content is provided by our PR and Marketing agency.

Closing date – 29th June 2018.

To submit a quote or to discuss this further, please contact Ali Hadavizadeh, Farm491 Program Manager ali.hadavizadeh@rau.ac.uk Tel 01285 889829