Farm Urban: a Liverpool case study

Farm Urban is a social enterprise based in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool and they operate the city’s first vertical farm whilst also delivering a range of educational and outreach programs. 

The main objective of Farm Urban is to grow food that is good for people in ways that are good for the planet. The organization believes that in order to bring about real, positive societal and environmental change, coherent solutions must be presented at multiple levels. They wanted to raise social investment in order to purchase, install and commission the vertical farm. After trialing lots of different vertical farming systems, they were ready to invest in one and required the working capital so that they could begin operating on a commercial scale.

“One piece of advice I would offer to an organization considering a social investment is just to do it. We’ve not looked back since we did and it’s enabled us to take that next step. It was a significant chunk of money for us at that time, and the investment has allowed us to realize and achieve our full potential," said Paul Myers, Managing Director at Farm Urban.

“We were really impressed with Farm Urban’s values and how they were looking to bring about real societal and environmental change. It’s been fantastic to see how our social investment has made such a difference to their business as they continue to grow and make a positive impact on the planet," Howard Roberts, Executive Director of Finance and Performance at Livv Investment.

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