Business Gateway Helps Northeastern Agriculture Software Company ‘Unearth’ Funds to Improve Safety in Agriculture
Business Gateway has helped an agricultural software company access more than £ 16,000 in funding, leading to the successful launch of an app that will improve the health and safety of farmers.
Launched in 2020, Smart Farmer records pre-start safety checks on agricultural machinery, allowing operators to see when machines were last serviced and if there are any issues, instead of the previous little method. convenient to keep paper records.
Recognized as an expert in his field, Kineff founder Marc Skivington wanted to solve existing problems within the industry while revolutionizing the way recordings are shared.
Blessed with knowledge of the agricultural sector, Marc had the theoretical experience, the passion and the initial concept, but it was Business Gateway that provided the practical experience necessary to form a solid business plan that helped bring Smart Farmer from concept to cash.
After individual support on his business plan, Marc was able to approach Aberdeenshire Council and secure over £ 16,000 in funding.
In addition to a suite of resources including marketing advice, innovation support and access to market research reports, Business Gateway also referred Marc to a software developer in Aberdeen to help him create the Smart Farmer app.
The app’s integrated software system means that the recording and reporting machines are easy through the use of a QR code and the results are recorded on the app and online and can be shared immediately.
Over the past year, Smart Farmer has grown steadily and received Gold for Agro-Tech Innovator of the Year at the British Farming Awards 2020, as well as the Silver Award for Innovation at the Royal Highland Show in 2021, increasing brand awareness. across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Marc, founder of Smart Farmer, said: “Business Gateway and my advisor John have constantly encouraged me and helped me step out of my comfort zone at the start of this journey, pointing me in the right direction every step of the way. .
“They helped me ensure that my business plan was strong enough to successfully secure funding and put me in touch with a software developer so that Smart Farmer could become a reality.
“Looking ahead, I am happy to be recognized as a leader in agro-technological innovation and I have no doubts that we will continue to strengthen ourselves in the coming months.
John MacGillivray, Business Gateway Advisor, said: “For many new start-ups, financing is often a critical part of launching a product. “While Marc had the vision, the passion and the ambition, by working with our team of advisors, we built resilience into his business plan, which puts him in a strong position to secure funding to enable the launch of its product.
“Not only is it gratifying to see Marc’s creation come to life, but also how well the company has been received by the agricultural industry.
“We look forward to supporting Marc as Smart Farmer continues to grow. “