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Gloucestershire's agricultural industry is showcased on the global stage

Gloucestershire was represented at the world's leading trade fair for agricultural technology for the first time.

A delegation from GFirst LEP went to the Agritechnica fair in the German city of Hanover to represent the county for the first time at the event.

The LEP's Inward Investment team supported a range of county companies including BASF, Hummingbird, AP Air, Bosch Rexroth and Glas Data.

The show featured nearly 3,000 exhibitors and welcomed 450,000 visitors from 152 different countries around the world.

The guiding theme of Agritechnica was 'Global Farming - Local Responsibility.'

It focused on the current challenges of agriculture, such as increasing productivity and protection of the climate, environment and resources worldwide.

GFirst LEP in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DiT) hosted a networking event at the UK Pavilion.

Chris Lau, Head of Inward Investment for GFirst LEP said, "We were delighted to be the first Local Enterprise Partnership to partner with the Department for International Trade to promote the Agri-Tech sector and it was a great opportunity for us to promote Gloucestershire's impressive Agri-tech proposition"

There was good news from the show's visitor survey, reporting that two-thirds of the farmers, businesses and contractors surveyed intend to invest in the next two years.

The Inward Investment Team is led by GFirst LEP but is a collaboration between Gloucestershire County Council and all six local authorities - Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester City, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

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