F4OR is designed for established 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 new or very small enterprises. Microenterprises and / or newly established organisations who have identified the offshore renewables sector as a strategic opportunity should still get in touch to discuss how we might be able to help.
Participating companies can range from those with no offshore renewables experience aiming to take a first step into the sector, to established suppliers looking to benchmark their position and drive business excellence.
Due to the level of interest we receive from companies wishing to participate in the F4OR programme, all interested parties are asked to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form.
Following submission of this, and confirmation the applicant meets the criteria outlined above, they will be invited to complete a Capability Questionnaire and possibly a business ‘self-assessment’. You may then be requested to have a phone discussion with the F4OR team, to confirm your place on the programme. For companies which are unsuccessful in their application, the F4OR team will provide guidance on what other business support or improvement schemes might be appropriate for the company to consider.
Please note, the Expressions of Interest forms (EOIs) are completed as online forms. It is not possible to save the form midway through. Therefore, we recommend that you review the EOI form initially, but prepare any more substantial written responses offline. You can then populate the EOI online by pasting in relevant sections of text.
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer and qualified Project Manager with close to 12 years’ experience in the offshore wind industry. Before joining ORE Catapult, Andrew delivered a range of projects for one of the major turbine OEMs in the field of O&M. His experience extends to prototype testing, delivering complex logistical solutions, and major equipment tendering. Within ORE Catapult Andrew manages various collaborative, cross-industry projects focusing on fostering innovation and delivering valuable research in offshore wind.