SMEs and Agile Innovators

Helping UK SMEs scale up and commercialise their technology is at the heart of ORE Catapult’s mission.

We provide expertise and advice, access to industry and funders, and offer world leading facilities, to develop, de-risk and support bringing new technologies to market.

To find out more about how ORE Catapult supports SMEs as they enter the UK Supply Chain, go to Spotlight Supply Chain – ORE (

Our SME Service

  • Our expertise provides an independent and credible view of your innovation idea
  • Our sector knowledge and expertise can help you to strengthen your commercial proposition
  • We can provide access to expertise, facilities, and third-party funding sources to support your development plans
  • You gain access to a valuable development partner and its networks to accelerate the commercialisation of your technology, e.g. access to key customers, routes to market, etc.

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Powered By

‘Powered By’ is a programme run by ORE Catapult designed to empower SMEs and innovators looking to bring a new product or service into the offshore renewable energy market. The ‘Powered By’ mark is available to organisations who have successfully engaged with the High Growth Assessment Process (HiGAP) and are now seeking to collaborate with ORE Catapult to develop their product or service. For more information, please contact Alex Louden.

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Innovate UK Business Growth (previously Innovate UK EDGE)

As part of £4m funding from Innovate UK, ORE Catapult is offering small support vouchers worth £15k to SMEs looking to accelerate their journey to market. SMEs can redeem these vouchers on services such as technology assessment, test planning, analysis and insights and small tests at our Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, all of which are put in place to accelerate commercialisation of their technology.

Find out more about about the Innovate UK Business Growth (previously Innovate UK EDGE) companies that ORE Catapult worked with in 2022-2023 here

For more information on eligibility and the application process, contact us here

SME Growth Platform

We have launched new resources to support SMEs gain access to the growing offshore renewable energy supply chain. Download our three-part series of Innovator’s Guides below.

Global Offshore Wind 2021 – ORE Catapult’s Virtual Pavilion

Learn more about these innovators on our virtual pavilion and how you can get involved here

Innovation Challenges

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Backing the Game Changers

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Contact Our Team

Andrew Macdonald

Director of Offshore Wind Development and Operations

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Andy Macdonald is the Director of Offshore Wind Development and Operations at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. Andy has responsibility for the Catapult’s extensive portfolio of projects in Smart Operations & Maintenance (O&M), working closely with offshore wind developers to accelerate the development of both fixed and floating offshore wind farms, reduce costs and grow the UK supply chain to meet both domestic and international demand for clean energy products and services.

Andy joined the Catapult in 2013 as Senior Innovation Manager and has been responsible for the successful delivery of high impact innovation programmes with UK SMEs.  Most recently he led the development of the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), the £100m industry-funded UK supply chain growth programme and he will continue to oversee delivery of the programme in his new role.

Prior to joining ORE Catapult, Andy worked in the tidal energy sector and he has hands-on experience of project development and supply chain optimisation.  He has cross-sector innovation expertise having worked on the development and introduction of new technologies across telecoms, IT and energy industries.

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