Interest & Opinion

9 Dec 2020

Consultant required for Yorkshire hemp supply chain project

Hemp production and supply is the focus of a new Grow Yorkshire project.

With Yorkshire already boasting many suppliers, growers, producers and academics connected to hemp, opportunities to create a regional supply chain are being explored.  A consultant is needed to spearhead the fact-finding stage of this work, with a position now open for procurement.

Mark Blakeston, Grow Yorkshire Lead, said: “Hemp can be used for a range of environmentally sustainable and carbon negative products, whilst actively contributing to mitigating climate change.  A thriving Yorkshire hemp supply chain can boost the region’s economy and help to develop a greener, fairer and stronger future. There are already some great resources in our region connected to the hemp supply chain, but could it be better connected to form a farm to finished ‘Made in Yorkshire’ product? That’s what we’re keen to understand with the help of a consultant who can map out the supply chain and research the demand for now and in the future.”

Grow Yorkshire has linked up with The Supply Chain Network to develop the opportunity. The procurement process is open until midday Monday 21 December, with further information available via the gov.uk contracts finder service here.

Grow Yorkshire is a York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership-led initiative designed to help the region’s farming and food production businesses to build resilience. Grow Yorkshire brings together organisations which already offer extensive assistance to farmers and farm businesses. Through a collaborative and coordinated approach, Grow Yorkshire seeks to increase the take up and impact of support services, identify the current and future needs of farming and the food industry and secure future funding and backing from the Government to address them.

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