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EDITOR’S ARTICLE


OUR FIRST VISIT ou


AS YOU MAY HAVE READ IN THEWELCOME COLUMN, THIS IS OUR FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THEWIND ENERGY INDUSTRY.


After thorough research we found that a publication of quality, heavily concentrating on editorial and people focussed, was not currently available


– and from the feedback from the industry so far, we believe we have a great future.


The beautiful town of Whitby on the Yorkshire coast was the venue for the ‘Scarborough Borough Council Offshore Wind Awareness Conference’ (see article elsewhere in this edition). The enthusiasm which we experienced on that day was second to none and cemented our own belief in deciding to produce a magazine and Supply Chain Register to serve the industry.


MORE VISITS


We visited Humberside where we met up with a delegation from Denmark, invited to the area by Enterprise Europe Yorkshire. Then on to EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) in Norfolk for their ‘Building Towards a Bigger Industry’ event (covered in the next edition) and THMA also on Humberside for their conference in conjunction with Able UK (see article elsewhere in this edition).


Other visits included NE Lincs Council, The Grimsby Institute, Scarborough Borough Council, RenewableUK HQ in London and the NFPC (National Fluid Power Centre) who have a very impressive industry backed training centre. We intend to feature NFPC through articles in future issues. In each case we found only positive attitudes and excitement about the industry and we really are looking forward to a great future together.


COMMUNICATION


When visiting different areas of the UK we found that there appeared to be a lack of communication between areas of the country. Our main aim is to help improve this situation. Many companies and organisations can help each other by exchanging information for the benefit of the industry as a whole – the old adage of ‘there is no need to re-invent the wheel’ comes to mind.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND INSTITUTES


Associations and institutes exist to serve the needs of the industry as a whole and should be supported by everyone. They can be very effective in securing a very good industry future because they involve movers and shakers to sit round the table and discuss important industry issues for the greater long term good. The individuals will typically be CEOs of companies within the industry who have first-hand experience and who can see the ‘bigger picture’ and advise accordingly.


We would always advise that companies and individuals support their appropriate association or institute so that they may have a greater say in the industry in which they operate.


Because of their overall industry knowledge, they can also advise and support the attendance of relevant exhibitions, events and conferences.


We have already made contact with many official bodies and membership organisations and intend to keep in regular contact to seek feedback/advice in the future.


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