The launch of the company’s new software research centre, supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant of £350,000 from Scottish Enterprise, will create 29 jobs.
The investment has ensured Farmflo is able to locate its development site in Scotland, and tap into the high level of skills availability, rather than outsource the development activity to an overseas operation.
Set up by two Irish brothers, Jason and Gareth Devenney, Farmflo’s system allows farmers to record and use real time data on such things as fertiliser stocks, crop storage and herd treatments and movements.
Farmflo’s highly sophisticated system integrates data from multiple sources allowing farmers to then view on their smartphone or tablet device.
At the Glasgow site based at the Whisky Bond in Port Dundas, the system will be fully developed and refined based on feedback from farmers on the pilot.
It will also look at emerging opportunities, particularly around the theme of Internet of Things, with sensor network data outputs enriching farmer data to help inform management decisions.
This work is aimed at targeting international markets, such as Europe and North America, together with the current UK focus for the ambitious young company.
Dan O’Donoghue, Farmflo CEO, said: “The establishment of our dedicated software development centre in Scotland is an exciting venture that allows Farmflo to tap into an excellent resource of locally based talent.
“Jason Devenney, our head of innovation is currently recruiting additional staff to fill the new Farmflo positions as they come on stream. We are delighted to work so closely with Scottish Enterprise in bringing this plan to fruition and are confident it will be a true centre of excellence.”
Minister for business, innovation and energy, Paul Wheelhouse, added: “Internationalisation and innovation are key parts of our economic strategy and two of Scotland’s fundamental strengths. They are the factors that attract companies such as Farmflo to invest and expand in Scotland.
“I warmly welcome Farmflo’s decision to create their new software research and development centre in Port Dundas, Glasgow - not least because the products Farmflo seek to provide could potentially be of great assistance to Scotland's farmers and land managers and those beyond our shores.
“Crucially, this investment, and employment that comes with it, is fantastic news for both the Glasgow and Scottish economies and underlines that Scotland is an attractive and stable place to do business both now and in the future.”
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