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Specialist soil company relocates to Gloucestershire

Expanding soil and compost specialist company, SoilFixer, has moved to the agritech innovation and incubation hub, Farm491, based at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester.

Soil scientist, Tony Callaghan(pictured), set up the company two years ago to fulfil his ambition to transform the world of horticulture and gardening. He has relocated from Morpeth in Northumberland due to family reasons.

Tony said: "The move to the South West meant I had to say goodbye to the colleagues who helped me to launch SoilFixer. I'm naturally sad to say goodbye to them and we plan to stay in touch and support each other where possible.

"However, the move has also presented a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate what we need and take a big leap forward with the business."

Farm491 provides support to entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses by applying technology to agriculture. In addition to the practical working space, it provides its members with access to 491 hectares of farmland, business support, professional experts, investors, farmers and farming data.

Tony, whose passion for compost and soil has already seen him successfully patent and launch one of the UK's top-selling hot compost bins, has developed a range of products designed to improve the quality of soils and composts based on extensive knowledge and experiments.

These products include ingredients biochar, colloidal humus, plus a secret patent-pending formulation.

He said: "The Farm491 workshop unit, combined with access to the business support services, is ideal mix to help continue developing the SoilFixer products.

"We have a workshop to undertake trials and tests and we also have access to a range of start-up support services. I'm really looking forward to working with Farm491 programme manager Ali Hadavizadeh and his team."

Ali Hadavizadeh said: "It was a pleasure to meet Tony and welcome him on board. He is full of innovative ideas around the use of biochar and colloidal humus biotech in agritech, horticulture and gardening.

"We look forward to using our full range of expertise to help SoilFixer grow and develop."

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