Memorandum submitted by Stockbridge Technology
Centre (D 31)
Your committee will be aware of the HRI reorganisation
and their plans to withdraw from Stockbridge House. The Rt Hon
Ms Joyce Quin, The Minister of State for MAFF confirmed to Parliament
on 6 November that MAFF would sell the site.
The team and facilities at Stockbridge are considered
by our industry to be too valuable to lose. We are also concerned
that the future delivery of science to our industry cannot be
left to infighting between MAFF officials and an NDPB that doesn't
seem to be working. As a result we are progressing rapidly to
buy Stockbridge for our industry and to set up a centre of excellence
for technology development and transfer for horticulture and agriculture.
We have attached our aims and organisational
objectives for your information.
We hope this new private company can work with
the Government departments and NDPB's in a constructive Government/private
We would welcome your support for this initiative.
28 November 2000
To develop and transfer to growers and farmers
technologies which enable them to maximise yield of quality safe
crops for British consumers and industries.
The Board of Stockbridge Land Ltd/Stockbridge
Technology Centre Ltd
The two company Boards are responsible for the
two company strategies and legal responsibilities elected by the
various sector interest groups as follows:
|||Soft Fruit||1 Director
|||Outdoor Veg||2 Directors
The staff Director will be re-elected every three years.
Two industry/academia Directors will retire by rotation each year.
Three grower/farmer Directors will retire by rotation each year.
All Directors must retire after two terms of service on the Board
but can be re-elected after a break of three years.
Each Board elects its own Chairman each year at first meeting
after AGM. The Chairman must retire after six years consecutive
appointment but can be re-elected after a break of three years.
The Executive Board of Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd
is responsible for day to day running of the Operating Company.
It will be made up of:
Chairman of Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd
Head of Plant Pathology
Company Secretary (Office Manager)
We will have three divisions in Stockbridge Technology Centre
Ltd led by senior scientific staff especially recruited for their
skills in customer relationships.
Plant Pathology. This division will work with the full range
of diseases testing both pesticides and developing novel methods
of disease control. The staff will be in qualified GLP procedures,
official recognition by PSD and be able to take pesticides to
MAFF/PSD registration for clients.
Entomology. The division will work with insects and nematodes
testing both pesticides, predators and other novel approaches.
This division will run the diagnostic clinic for growers/farmers.
Agronomy. This division will look at crop agronomy including
variety fertiliser, crop covers and organic cultivation. The division
will also mange the crops on the site with help of farm and packhouse
managers. The centre is registered for arable and Assured Produce
We shall carry out our own work to lead the industry and
also accept projects from all sectors of the industry and research
sponsors. Consultancy and training commissions will also be targeted.
We will liase with other academic institutions and groups
servicing horticulture/agriculture so as to ensure our services
are complementary to the activities of others delivering technology
Our aim is excellence and value.
The site is close to the village of Cawood, being some 10
miles from the A1 (A1M)/M62 trunk roads giving good access from
all of the UK.
We have several meeting rooms with full meeting facilities
and staff experience in organising open days, this is coupled
with in house catering. We can organise specific client days,
general conferences, both indoor and outdoor. We can act as the
secretariat of industry groups.
The diagnostic clinic is open for visits and personal advice
or postal service. We can run training courses run by our experts
including offsite or in house sessions if required.
We have 185 acres of Grade 1 Vale of York Loam all irrigated.
Fields have shelter and we have highly experienced staff for laying
out trials with randomisation of plots as required. This land
is suitable for cropping with vegetables, potatoes, soft fruit
and arable crops.
The glasshouses are approximately two acres but divided into
50 separate units each of which has independent computerised control.
The houses range from a 4.2m multi factorial unit through normal
venlo and some polythene tunnels. This gives a range of size and
type for all types of cropping.
We have staff experienced in growing all glasshouse edible
crops, flowers for seed and bedding. They are expert in crop training
and commercial crop management.
A central packhouse can grade all crops to ensure commercial
assessment of yield is always obtained. There are cold storage
Our laboratories are equipped with the latest equipment for
observation, breeding and storage of specimens. We have staff
trained in GLP procedures, BASIS qualified and familiar with diagnostic
We will build or develop specialist facilities with our project
contractors if these are required.
These facilities enable our staff to deliver our mission
statement to our customers within our aim of excellence at all
We will have two companies:
(1) Stockbridge Land Ltd. This will own and manage the
property. It will be required to offer, as a priority, facilities
for Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd and develop their estate
to facilitate the maximisation of Stockbridge Technology Centre
business based on commercial rent.
(2) Stockbridge Technology Centre Ltd. This will run the
technology business and be managed by the Executive Board.
It is envisaged the Boards will be common to both companies
but the Chairman may be different.