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FOCUS ON WHITBY & SCARBOROUGH SHARING INDUSTRY


KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE


Industry group Team Humber Marine Alliance has been backing Scarborough Borough Council’s efforts to help local business reap rewards from the North Sea offshore windfarms.


Clockwise from centre: Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby; Andy Raey, A2Sea; Jason Ledden, Dong Energy; Maf Smith, Renewable UK; James Cotter, RWE/Stratkraft; Blair Jacobs, Blair Jacobs Communications; Mark O’Reilly, THMA and Gareth Russell, ABP


The relationship between the two organisations goes back to 2009, with Team Humber assisting the council through its expertise and network of contacts in the UK and abroad. It now has office space in the council’s Town Hall in addition to its main premises in Hull, giving it a base to meet with local members and contacts as well as working more closely with council representatives.


EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES Mark O’Reilly, Team Humber Marine Alliance’s CEO and Chairman commented: “The maritime heritage and experience in the coastal part of North Yorkshire means that there are exciting opportunities and we want to play a role in helping companies get into the offshore wind supply chain through our knowledge of the industry and through skills development.”


Cllr Mike Cockerill, portfolio holder for Harbours and Land at Scarborough also commented: “We very much welcome the decision of THMA to expand their presence in our area of the coast. Our economy and communities have a long and successful history in the maritime sector. We are now on the brink of a new age of opportunity, particularly within the offshore renewables sector and we welcome the support THMA can bring.


“We have an excellent starting point in our existing supply chain with some world class companies operating from the Borough already serving the industry. By working together with THMA we can provide significant additional benefits to our supply chain and their customers.”


NEWLY FORMED ADVISORY BOARD Team Humber has just announced a newly formed advisory board, made up of business leaders and local authority representatives. The board, which includes Nick Taylor from Scarborough Borough Council, aims to build on Team Humber’s position as one of the UK’s leading maritime and offshore organisations.


OFFSHORE WIND CONNECTIONS EVENT Team Humber Marine Alliance also runs the hugely successful annual industry conference, Offshore Wind Connections, which has been held just south of Scarborough in Bridlington for the last two years.


This May it attracted more than 300 delegates from all over the UK, Europe and beyond, who came to hear from leading industry figures on the latest developments, challenges and opportunities.


Mark O’Reilly concluded that the event demonstrated the wider region’s importance as a centre of excellence for offshore wind as well as the commitment of Team Humber to the coastal areas north of the Humber.


“It was great to hear from speakers about current and impending billion-pound investments and the vital role the supply chain will play in realising it.


“It was highly informative and a celebration of how the renewables industry is transforming the regional economy.”


2017 PLANNING


Team Humber Marine Alliance is already starting to plan OWC2017 and is keen to hear from companies that would be interested in taking part in the event, either as exhibitors, speakers or workshop leaders.


Team Humber Marine Alliance


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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