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Wine Innovation Centre


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


GPF Project Delivered

Expected Repayment Date


Spring 2026

The project will deliver a Wine Innovation Centre at the East Malling Estate. The project complements NIAB EMR’s investment in the only UK research vineyard to support Kent’s wine sector to develop as global leaders in innovation.

Whilst viticulture is the fastest growing agriculture sector in the UK, the industry is not yet profitable due to adverse climate conditions and the lack of suitable bespoke agronomy approaches which have a direct impact on crop yields. The Wine Innovation Centre will build on the success of Kent’s wine industry and will generate upwards of £1m (over 5 years) in additional annual research and development spend in the region.

Accelerating investment at the site is a priority to ensure that NIAB EMR and its partners remain at the cutting edge of research and innovation.

Capital Programme delivery update

Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

Growing Places Fund

The Growing Places Fund (GPF) was established by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2011. The aim of this funding is to unlock economic growth, create jobs and ‘kick-start’ house building at stalled development sites.

The GPF was made available to SELEP for investment as a recyclable loan scheme. Loan repayment schedules for each project are agreed within the credit agreement which is put in place at the start of the project. Repayments against these projects are returned to the central pot for reallocation to new projects. Through the GPF Round 1 awards, a total of £47.459m GPF was awarded to 13 capital infrastructure projects across the South East LEP area. Repayments are now being made by the Round 1 projects which has allowed funding totalling £20.387m to be allocated to a further 13 projects through GPF Rounds 2 and 3.
Funding value: £600,000
Total Project cost: £700,000
Return to Capital Investment