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PROFESSIONAL SERvICES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES… WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY?


It’s a fact that all businesses will use professional services at some point, whether it is accountants, solicitors, marketing agencies, or surveyors to help them manage, operate and grow their business more efficiently. Many will use consultancies to help with a specific challenge or opportunity and some will use specialist firms regularly like a trusted friend or outsourced department.


EAST OF ENGLAND


The East of England is already a major generator of energy with a vast array of different technologies. It supplies around half the UK’s domestic gas requirements, generates nuclear power and is the leading region for renewable energy generation. The region is at the centre of the world’s largest market for offshore wind energy and the UK’s most dense area of offshore development is between the Humber, Greater Wash and Thames Estuary.


GROWTH POTENTIAL


It’s also a fact that there are few industries with as much growth potential over the coming decades as the energy sector, and in particular offshore renewable energy.


The energy industry is one of the East of England’s priority growth sectors with more than £40bn forecast to be spent in offshore decommissioning; £14bn in developing new nuclear power; £24bn being invested in offshore wind off the east coast; together with increasing investments in innovative and rapidly advancing technologies such as solar, biogas and anaerobic digestion.


But the energy industry is even more important and is often taken for granted.


LIFE BLOOD


Energy is, quite literally, the life blood of our whole economy. We use it to heat our homes and businesses, power our appliances, fuelling our transport and underpinning our whole society. Quite a grand statement, but it’s absolutely true.


So, why are we talking about professional services and the energy industry? It’s about understanding the tools which can help in unlocking barriers to growth, helping and guiding businesses and their supply chains to achieve more, creating new jobs and generating wealth which fuels wider growth.


CHANGES IN BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS


In today’s market place business relationships are changing quite dramatically. Long gone are the days of linear supply chains, simple one-way relationships, or cheapest quote. Today, businesses you work with are more focused on value, quality and long-term relationships.


Businesses can be both your customer and your supplier; your collaborator, partner or even your competitor on projects or contracts. We’re talking about innovative and dynamic supply chain relationships that work in multiple ways which are flexible and effective.


NAUTILUS ASSOCIATES It’s a name that some businesses, particularly those in the East of England, may know well. Others however, may never have heard of them and probably for good reason. Nautilus is an organisation that is often ‘behind the scenes’ providing market and project intelligence, support and resources to a number of high growth companies, business networks and innovation hubs.


25TH ANNIVERSARY


Celebrating 25 years this year, Nautilus is refocusing its own strategy and whilst it will continue doing what it does so well, helping companies to grow, it’s taking a little more of its own advice to grow, diversify and expand.


SO WHAT DOES NAUTILUS DO? If you ask the team, you’ll more than likely get a few different responses based on the breadth and depth of expertise across the business. Everything from business strategy, feasibility studies, technology commercialisation, property and infrastructure development to strategic financial management and working with investors.


SKILLS & EXPERTISE


The breadth of the team’s skill and expertise is key and is one of the principal aspects as to why Nautilus is pretty different to most consultancies in the field.


The team at Nautilus are the unfamiliar draughtsmen and women behind many of the region’s leading industry support activities. Working with strategic partners such as the East of England Energy Group to design and deliver supply chain and specialist consultancy support to over 300 businesses which has created over 200 jobs in the last three years. Or taking a road trip around the region as part of the Energy Supply Chain Roadshow helping businesses to understand the huge opportunities on their own doorstep, let alone those further afield


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