Norfolk and Suffolk companies get Fit For Offshore Renewables

Ten companies from the Norfolk and Suffolk region have secured a place in the first intake of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s industry-backed Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) New Anglia Programme.

After engaging with over 100 companies across Norfolk and Suffolk, the programme received 53 expressions of interest, with 29 companies shortlisted and 10 selected as winners.

Jointly funded by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, delivery of F4OR New Anglia was part of their Clean Growth Covid-19 Recovery Plan, offering 10 places for innovators in the region.

For the 10 winning companies, the 12-month business improvement and supply chain growth programme will prepare them to compete for, and secure, contracts at UK offshore wind farms.

Andy Holyland, ORE Catapult’s Regional Innovation Manager for East of England, said: “The Norfolk and Suffolk region is home to some of the largest offshore wind projects in the UK and there is therefore a huge opportunity for local companies to take advantage of the economic opportunities this brings and to build on regional strengths to deliver local content to projects.  

“These first 10 companies will benefit from being part of a cohort, increasing industry engagement, growing confidence, raising profile and market awareness. They will be able to develop new relationships, technologies, capabilities and experiences, adding value to the regional and national supply chain.”

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the F4OR programme. The high quality of applications highlights our region’s very strong energy supply chain and supporting those businesses to grow and innovate will ensure that we can continue to deliver on our ambition to be the UK’s clean growth region.”

Developed with input from the offshore renewables industry and based on the successful Fit 4 Nuclear Programme, ORE Catapult developed the F4OR business improvement programme  in collaboration with HVM Catapult’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, with the aim of developing an increasingly competent, capable and competitive UK offshore renewable energy supply chain to ensure representation of UK content in domestic projects, as well as supporting the export market.

F4OR provides additional industry engagement opportunities for those already in the industry and promotes the cross-sector transfer of technologies.

The winning companies are:

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