East Midlands-based AgTech specialist Light Science Technologies (LST) has welcomed a new National Account Manager to its team in response to a period of intensive growth for the company, as the indoor farming market is predicted to soar over the next three years. The latest recruitment comes as the firm, based in Derbyshire, experiences increasing UK demand for its award-winning crop growth technology, through its sensors and LED lighting products for greenhouses, vertical farming and polytunnels.
New additions Chris Shenton will focus on supporting existing customers as well as expanding LST’s client portfolio through the development of new business opportunities. His 15 years’ experience in the lighting industry leaves him fully primed to take on his new role. Currently employing 16 staff, LST has its eye on global expansion as part of the company’s longer-term growth plans. In October of last year, the firm announced its flotation on the stock exchange after raising over £5 million in funds.
Chris said: “It’s a great time to join LST as its development plans are very ambitious for 2022 and beyond; I can’t wait to get stuck in. Having spent much of my career working in the industry, the market is now growing at an incredibly fast rate and it is a dynamic and exciting place to be, particularly within a company whose potential we are only just beginning to see. He added: “LST’s commitment to finding a more sustainable method of farming as we face ongoing food shortages due to supply chain issues along with the bigger problems of climate change, limited land space and feeding a growing population was an important factor in my choice.” Simon Deacon, CEO of Light Science Technologies commented: “This is another big appointment for LST and we couldn’t be more fortunate to have someone of Chris’ experience and expertise on board. His in-depth technical knowledge of the market combined with his project sales experience means he is ideally matched to help us achieve our next phase of growth.
We look forward to watching the impact he will make over the coming months and years.”