Businesses with ideas to help the growing renewable energy industry in East Anglia are being invited to a new roadshow offering grant funding and support.
In the coming weeks, the SCORE team will visit eight venues in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire to talk about how they can help companies seeking to improve efficiencies and lower costs in the sector.
SCORE can offer grant funding of up to £50,000, and business support, to small and medium sized businesses, SMEs.
Successful grants have included Fern Communications at Lowestoft developing a new radio network, Dalby at Great Yarmouth’s fenders for wind farm support vessels and a new type of turbine by Essex-based Greenspur.
The What’s The SCORE? Sessions, starting in Norwich next Thursday March 23, combine a presentation about the scheme, with the chance to chat to SCORE staff and businesses who have already benefited.
SCORE project manager Rob Bush who works for Nwes said: “We have awarded £290,000 worth of grants over the past six months, and are now taking the scheme ‘on the road’ to spread the word about how we can help.
“Companies in the supply chain do not have to have fully-developed project plans. It is just a chance to come and talk about ideas, and their businesses.
“The recent SNS2017 conference heard about the potential for 20 years of sustained renewable energy development so it is a good chance for companies to get involved. They may have technology ideas, new products, process improvements or need a new bit of kit to move their plans forward,” said Mr Bush.
SCORE is an ERDF funded project with £6 million to award to SME’s working within the offshore renewable sector. To achieve the delivery of this major project Nwes is working with Nautilus Associates and ORE Catapult to offer comprehensive support and advice in this fast growing sector.
Fern Communications, based in Lowestoft were recently awarded a maximum of £50,000 to develop their WaveCom radio system.
Fern managing director Jennifer Cushion said: “Our radio system will provide the east coast offshore renewables industry with huge efficiency savings. Instead of each company and subcontractor having to set up their own radio network, ours will be readily available and fully operational.
“But we could not have done it without the SCORE grant, which is helping us cover the research and development costs, months ahead of income coming on stream.”