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The Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) is a project championed by The James Hutton Institute alongside industry and academic partners. As part of the Tay Cities Region Deal funding, the APGC received an overall investment package of £27 million to develop two Institute-led innovation centre projects.

We aim to harness the entrepreneurial spirit within the agriculture, food and drink sectors and enhance their collective capability and innovation. Our world leading plant and data science sits at the heart of agricultural, pharmaceutical and commercial developments, supported and enhanced by technological and digital innovation.

Our state-of-the-art facilities, extensive research capabilities and world-recognised plant science expertise offer opportunities to work together to lead the crop science agenda.

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APGC funded by The Tay Cities Region Deal

The Tay Cities Region Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross under the headings Inclusive Tay; Innovative Tay; International Tay; Connected Tay and An Empowered Tay.

The Scottish Government and UK Government will each invest up to £150 million in the Tay Cities Region Deal over 10 years, subject to final approval of robust business cases. This investment has the potential to lever in £400m of investment over 15 years.

If every project and programme set out in the submission is funded and delivered, up to 6,000 job opportunities could be created across the tourism, food and drink, creative industries, eco innovation, digital, decommissioning, engineering, biomedical and health and care sectors.

As of 30th September 2022, more than £219m of funding was approved for investment by the Joint Committee and over £74m of Government investment has been released.

A total of 677 jobs have been created so far from the investment.

The investment has also resulted in more than £123m of £400m anticipated leverage at Deal signing, being secured by Projects, with more than £81m received.

Full and further information on the progress the Deal has made to date on securing investment and jobs, can be found within the Annual Performance Report located on the Tay Cities Region Deal website.