Beacon Innovation Centre celebrates 15 years of supporting business growth

Beacon Innovation Centre in Gorleston, managed by Nwes, England’s largest enterprise agency celebrated 15 years of supporting business growth and driving innovation with a special event on Monday 15 May.

Originally built as part of the region’s response to the last major downturn in the oil and gas industry in the early 2000’s, Beacon Innovation Centre, located on Beacon Park – one of the country’s leading energy-focussed enterprise zones, is now a prominent catalyst for innovation and business growth in the East of England.”

Having supported the creation of over a thousand jobs, and the growth of more than 230 businesses, including industry major players such as 3Sun Group, Seajacks, GEV Offshore, and Fraser Well Management, Beacon Innovation Centre has been at the fore of exploring sector-specific opportunities, boosting innovation, and, as a business incubator, supporting start-ups to become multi-million pound organisations with reputations to match.

A specialist in well engineering and well management, Fraser Well Management covers the complete lifecycle of oil and gas wells both onshore and offshore.  Director Nick Ford says.

“The flexibility of the workspace has allowed us to expand effectively and reorganise according to the needs of our business.”

“The office and conferencing facilities are of a high standard, and the Nwes team have always been very accommodating to our needs as clients.”

Supporting businesses through their growth stages is key to the vision of Beacon Innovation Centre.

To recognise and celebrate Beacon Innovation Centre’s impact on the oil and gas industry over the last 15 years, businesses were invited to attend the 15th Anniversary celebration on Monday 15 May.

John Balch, Strategic Director for Nwes said “Beacon Innovation Centre was a major investment to boost supply chain development and economic growth at a time when the offshore oil & gas industry was struggling following a major price shock.”

“As the offshore industry reinvents itself again following the most recent downturn, Beacon continues to play a key role in incubating and supporting businesses across the offshore energy supply chain with flexible tenancies coupled with hands-on business and support from industry professionals.”

Johnathan Reynolds, Director of Nautilus Associates said “The role that Beacon Innovation Centre has played over the last 15 years has been instrumental in supporting new businesses to get established, encouraging and fostering innovation across the industry, and in sharing lessons with new industries such as offshore renewables, where our region is already a world leader.

Mr Reynolds continues.

“I recall the original report – the Impact of the Energy Industry in the East of England 2000 – which set out the case for a new technology innovation centre to be developed between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft; and to create a new regional industry group to bring the energy industry together and speak with one voice. They were Beacon Innovation Centre and EEEGR. Both of which has gone from strength to strength.”

Beacon Innovation Centre Coordinator, Katie Howard says.

“As an incubator for new and growing businesses, Nwes is extremely proud of all that Beacon Innovation Centre has achieved.  We welcomed the opportunity to thank those who have played a part in the success of Beacon Innovation Centre.”

Beacon Innovation Centre is now looking forward to the future and supporting many more businesses through their growth stages for years to come.

If you would like to find out more about how Beacon Innovation Centre can support your business, please contact 01493 446500 or e-mail bicreception@nwes.org.uk

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