Connecting Offshore Wind Businesses across the North Sea Region

Discover how Inn2POWER is supporting SMEs to collaborate and enter new markets A central aim of the Inn2POWER project is to assist SMEs to enter new European markets and innovative collaborations with partners across the offshore wind industry in the North Sea Region. Over its 4 year duration, the project is offering targeted support measures to SMEs, and larger supply chain businesses, to support their growth in national and European markets.

Raising your company profile in the European market

For small businesses the Inn2POWER project will help support your growth in your home market and across the North Sea Region. We offer practical tools to help you navigate the supply chain and support your growth and innovation aspirations by brokering relationships with the right people.

The Inn2POWER project has developed a new Offshore Wind Company Directory providing an interactive, online platform allowing companies in the supply chain to find customers, suppliers and collaboration partners with the right competences and experiences they are seeking.

The visual platform allows you to enter your company information and competencies in one simple step, mapping your offer within the local, national and international supply chain. Once registered Inn2POWER can help you use the tool as your address book to explore the supply chain and make contact with partners across Europe.

Hosting free to attend business matchmaking events, brokering relationships directly with the future European partners your company would like to meet

To help support your company’s growth, Inn2POWER partners will host a series of free-to-attend business matchmaking events, helping companies of all sizes meet cooperation partners from the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Not only providing a forum to help you keep up-to-date with the latest industry developments through presentations by key offshore wind people, the events provide a unique chance to meet with both new and old contacts. The Events are themed around particular sectors of the supply chain, ensuring good attendance by the relevant companies, clients and future partners, and include dedicated networking sessions with hundreds of pre-arranged meetings take place during the events.

To see what’s on and register your interest in the events visit www.inn2power.eu/mapping.

Compiling and publicising innovation opportunities & supporting supply chain companies to collaborate

Offshore Wind is a highly innovative sector with companies and research bodies constantly innovating to provide new and improved solutions to reduce cost and improve efficiency across the supply chain.

Innovation challenges, posed by industry as key areas where research and innovation can cut costs and add value for the offshore wind supply chain. Inn2POWER partners are working to compile businesses perspectives on the areas in which innovation will bring the greatest improvements across the sector. These are publicised and promoted on the Offshore Wind Company Directory and at project events, helping business identify where they can contribute to cost reductions and improved efficiencies in offshore wind, and to identify partners to help them deliver these innovations.

If you have a product or service innovation, or would like to offer your views, visit the website and contact the team to see how they can help support your company pursue this on a European level.

Supporting small companies to develop relationships and realise successful collaborations on regional, sectoral and transnational levels

Whether through helping to develop business cases, connecting you with the right partners, supporting the testing, demonstration and prototyping of new solutions, or finding funding for innovation projects, the Inn2POWER partners can support your company to realise long lasting and successful collaborations.

Project partners are providing direct support to companies across the participating North Sea Regions – Germany, Denmark, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands – to develop successful working relationships and partnerships in the offshore wind sector within their home and European markets.

So to get involved register your company details on the Inn2POWER Company Directory at www.inn2power.eu/mapping and contact the project team to discuss how we can support you in building your businesses across Europe.

For more information, please contact: sarah.niddrie-webb@nautilus.uk.com

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Figure 1 – Inn2POWER Company Directory available now at www.inn2power.eu/mapping

The offshore wind industry (OWI) is an important driver for economic development in the NSR and consists of a high percentage of SMEs that are located in clusters around the NSR. These SMEs are challenged by disadvantages of size, complex procurements, high costs and insufficient understanding of the (global) market for their services. They can address this by collaborating on a regional, sectoral and transnational level. Preparatory work from previous projects has paved the way and now allows the partnership to deliver focused support to SMEs. This is the first time that the NSR regional clusters and other supporting organisations in the OWI will work this closely together on the shared goal of bringing their SMEs across the borders to engage them in innovative business collaborations.The project overall objective is to improve innovation capacity of SMEs and to facilitate access to the OWI by creating the appropriate supportive conditions.

More specifically the project aims to:

  • Connect and strengthen regional OWI clusters of SMEs by supporting SMEs to enter new transnational markets and by developing transnational SME collaboration
  • Developing innovative concepts of harbour logistics and test facilities for SMEs in the OWI
  • Improve the workforce for SMEs in the OWI

We will achieve this in cooperation with SMEs by identifying cross-border business collaboration opportunities, by supporting SME innovation capacity and by developing SME focussed MBA-level courses and facilities.