Roadshows offer help for renewable energy sector ideas


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 said: “We have made £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.

The scheme is open to companies with fewer than 250 staff and assets of less than 50m euros whose ideas will give economic benefits to East of England. 

Information events are:

  • 23 March, 9-11, Rouen House, Norwich
  • 30 March, 9-11, King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, King’s Lynn
  • 6 April, 9-11, University of Suffolk, Ipswich
  • 20 April, 9-11, Council Chamber, Weeley, Harwich
  • 27 April, 9-11, Beacon Innovation Centre, Gorleston
  • 4 May, 9-11, Old Court House, Thurrock
  • 11 May, 9-11, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge
  • 18 May, 9-11 OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft

For more information and to register, email or call 01502 563368.


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Upcoming Events

The Team

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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