Crop technology firm plans global expansion with new funding boost

By Tim Aldred

22 Aug 2023

Engage Crop Solutions

A Chorley-based business which specialises in crop-enhancement technology is to develop new products and expand its global footprint after securing a new six-figure loan.

Engage Crop Solutions specialises in developing products that facilitate plant growth. Founded in 2012 by Mark Horner, Andy Aspinall, Mike Panteli and Peter Blezard, the company has earned its place a leading player in the horticulture and agriculture industries. 

In recent years, Engage has broadened its horizons and started addressing wider industry challenges. One of Engage’s key technologies is Aqualatus, a groundbreaking water-saving solution. With agriculture accounting for 70 per cent of natural water usage, preserving this valuable resource is crucial. Aqualatus allows growers to use up to 50 per cent less water, while still maintaining plant health and crop yields. 

Engage currently has a global presence, including the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, countries that are investing heavily in creating modern cities. Engage’s technology offers a sustainable approach to watering plants in urban landscapes.

In some countries, trials have been conducted on landscapes and football pitches, while in Egypt, the focus has been on integrating the technology into agricultural crops to address limited water availability in inland areas. Engage is also targeting Latin American markets, including Costa Rica, Mexico and Chile.

The loan has been provided by Lancashire County Council’s Rosebud Finance, managed by GC Business Finance and will be used to support the company's ambitious plans for growth, including geographical expansion, marketing initiatives and new product development. 

As part of its growth strategy, Engage has been closely collaborating with the Department of Business and Trade (DBT), which has supported connections in the Middle East, particularly through trade exhibitions. 

Mike Pantelli, founder and director at Engage Crop Solutions, said: "Our product is at the forefront of innovation in the agriculture industry. We are transforming horticulture across the world, and are incredibly proud of our Lancashire roots. Once we were introduced to Rosebud, the help and support we received was enormous. This funding will enable us to accelerate our expansion plans, increasing our reach, and ultimately having a positive impact on the industry.” 

Jonathan Nelson, fund manager at Rosebud Finance, said: "Engage’s innovation, ambition and commitment to sustainable practices made them the ideal recipient for funding from Rosebud. The team demonstrated real dedication to solving industry-wide challenges, and are a business that Lancashire can be truly proud of. We look forward to witnessing their continued growth and positive impact in the agricultural sector.” 

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