£1.5m programme to boost offshore wind supply chain

28 November 2019

A £1.5m programme is being developed to boost the competitiveness of the UK offshore wind supply chain.

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) and Sharing in Growth, both industry support initiatives, have partnered on the scheme, part of efforts to achieve a five-fold increase in exports to £2.6bn by 2030.

A pilot is due to launch in January 2020 involving five to 10 firms with the “specific aim of increasing competitiveness and productivity within the offshore wind sector”. 

Businesses will be supported to improve in areas including productivity, leadership and culture, and operations and logistics. 

Andy Page, CEO at Sharing in Growth, said: “Offshore wind provides a great opportunity for UK energy supply and also for UK high value manufacturing. 

“ I am delighted that we can use our experience, from sectors such as aerospace, to apply to other areas of strategic importance and to support more companies in beating the productivity challenge.”

Andrew Macdonald, programme director at the OWGP, said: “This partnership with the Sharing in Growth Programme provides the ideal framework within which we can work with a cohort of companies to increase their competitiveness, supporting continued cost reduction in offshore wind whilst simultaneously securing long-term economic benefits.”

OWGP is a £100m industry programme designed to support the UK offshore wind supply chain.

Sharing in Growth was set up in 2013 to deliver a £250m programme of intensive business transformation over four years to scores of UK suppliers.

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