SCORE Business Support & Grant Funding

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Business Support and Grants for Offshore Renewable Energy

Supply Chain innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy (SCORE) is a £6million grant fund and support programme for small and medium sized companies that are developing new ways of working or innovative technologies in offshore renewable energy.

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to help companies across England to develop new products, processes and ideas – from patenting a product to exploring concepts that offer new ways of solving problems and driving efficiency.

The current SCORE programme, which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by OrbisEnergy, aims to help 200 innovative businesses and create 100 new jobs. The previous £2.5million programme invested in 40 projects, supported more than 50 companies and helped to generate 70 new jobs.

Grants are available for up to 40% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500. Grants are not the only support available, companies can access up to 12hrs of subsidised business support to help grow and develop their business to assist them within the offshore renewables sector.

The programme is open to pre-trading, new and established companies with fewer than 250 employees and a balance sheet with net assets of less than 50million euros. Recipients can be based anywhere in England but must demonstrate an economic benefit within Cambridge, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk. Eligible sectors include offshore wind, wave and tidal, other marine renewable energy technologies and their direct supply chains.

Eligible Work

  • Research and development, including specialised consultancy.
  • Implementing findings of the planning process, such as in areas of new product development, manufacturing and design.
  • Collaborating with universities and colleges, and sourcing facilities, equipment and expertise to solve technical problems and develop further innovation.
  • Accessing expert services for Intellectual Property registration, including patents, designs and trademarks.
  • Accessing equipment or services that support a technology ‘step-change’ for the business.
  • Acquiring equipment or services to provide additional production capacity to exploit innovation.
  • Developing alternative uses and markets for waste products.
  • Investigating the technological and commercial viability of transforming innovative ideas into new products, processes and technologies.
  • Researching the development of new products or technologies, or significant improvements to existing ones.
  • Implementing the results of industrial research, including the creation of pre-production prototypes.
  • Assisting with the exploitation costs of new products or processes, including marketing, publicity and attendance at trade fairs.


  • £6million grant programme, part funded by ERDF, delivered by OrbisEnergy.
  • For development of innovative technologies and new ways of working in offshore renewable energy.
  • Grants from £2,500 to £50,000 for up to 40% of eligible costs.
  • Subsidised specialist technical and business support available.
  • Economic benefit within Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk or Suffolk.
  • Fewer than 250 employees. Less than 50 million euros in assets.

Application Process

To apply for support from the SCORE project you’ll need to complete an enrolment and eligibility screening form, these can be downloaded below. Please note that we need to receive original signed forms and cannot accept scans or copies.

If your business has been trading for more than 12 months please complete the SCORE Enrolment Form, if less than 12 months please complete the Start-ups form.

Download SCORE Enrolment Form (PDF)
Download SCORE Enrolment Form, Start-ups only (PDF)

All applicants must complete the SME Eligibility Screening Form

Download SCORE SME Eligibility Screening Form (PDF)

All forms should be sent to:

SCORE Project Office
Wilde Street
NR32 1XH

Once received your eligibility will be checked. If eligible we will arrange for a Diagnostic Business Review to be carried out with one of our advisors. Upon the completion of the review we will then discuss with you either a grant application or providing additional support.

For more information on the project or if you have any questions relating to the forms please get in touch using the details below.

Tel: 01502 563368

Note: A grant application must be approved by our grant panel and an offer letter received before any money is spent on your new project or innovation.

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Katie Snell

Having worked within the property department for 9 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the majority of the Nwes sites in the Norfolk and Waveney area. For the last 2.5 years I have been based at OrbisEnergy and more recently as Senior Coordinator overlooking the renewable hub and team.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Centre Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

Matthew Holden

Matt’s role is Technical Support Manager, his main duty is leading the European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing Project (ECOWindS, on behalf of Nwes. In addition to ECOWindS Matt’s role is provide support for the property team and to carry out specific project work.

John Balch

John is Managing Director of Nautilus, Director of Nwes and Hub Director of OrbisEnergy and Beacon Innovation Centre. He is a mechanical engineer and has broad experience gained over 40 years in the international offshore industry.

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