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Fit For Offshore Renewables

Supporting the UK's offshore wind supply chain

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Are you ready to win work in the offshore renewable energy sector?

Inspired by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult‘s successful Fit For Nuclear programme, in 2018 we launched the pilot Fit For Offshore Renewables (F4OR) programme: a business improvement and supply chain readiness journey designed to help UK supply chain grasp the growing offshore wind opportunity – both domestically and abroad.

The programme is comprised of two distinct areas – business excellence and sector specific knowledge, capability and capacity building. This programme allows companies to measure their operations against the standards required to supply the industry and take steps to close any gaps. The structure, scope and content of the programme has been developed with major stakeholders in the offshore renewable energy industry and business improvement experts.

The pilot programme assessed and visited 26 Scottish firms before creating action plans for improvement. Following feedback from participants and industry stakeholders to refine the scope and content of the programme, the majority of these companies are working towards achieving their granted status, with the first granted status expected in Spring 2020. The F4OR programme sets a demanding benchmark to achieve granted status and not all companies who start shall complete the programme. The first F4OR granting award is expected to coincide with the launch of the national programme in Spring 2020.

The F4OR programme is actively working to increase the competitiveness and productivity in preparation for the growth catalysed by the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

 

Who can take part?

F4OR is currently collecting Expressions of Interest from companies interested in being accepted into the national programme, to be launched in Spring 2020.

F4OR is designed for businesses with 10 or more employees or with a turnover of £1 million and upwards, as the principles of the programme are more difficult to apply to microenterprises. Participating businesses should also have identified offshore renewable energy as a strategic opportunity, with appropriate support from senior management to enter or grow in this market.

Microenterprises with the potential to offer a niche product or service to the offshore renewables sector should still get in touch to discuss how ORE Catapult can support their growth and development

Participating companies can range from contract manufacturers with no offshore renewables experience aiming to take a first step into the sector, to established, tier 1 suppliers wanting to benchmark their position, drive business excellence and grow their activities in the offshore renewable energy industry.

 


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