Email News April 2018


Welcome to the April 2018 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2018-03-23 08:47:17


Government looking for business input to help maritime sector prosper

The Government has announced the appointment of a group of experts to help advise on the future of the maritime sector, looking at opportunities delivered by ground-breaking new technology such as autonomous ships and digital ports.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced the appointment of the team, who will work closely with industry contacts to help make sure the UK stays at the forefront of global maritime over the coming decades.

He has also launched a call for evidence on Maritime 2050 - the government's landmark strategy to make the most of future opportunities for the nation's maritime industries to thrive, which will seek the views of those within the sector as well as those from outside.

Maritime 2050 will set out the challenges and opportunities to allow the government and the UK maritime industry to plan for the long-term, encourage economic growth by giving certainty to investors, and is likely to include technological advances which can help make the maritime industry more efficient.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "We want to maintain our position as a world leading maritime nation and working with the experts from within maritime, as well as those with broader experience, will help us ensure we take every opportunity open to this vital sector.

"Maritime 2050 is a once in a generation opportunity to set an ambitious vision for the future of this key sector and I encourage all of those who depend on shipping to have their say."

The call for evidence, which closes on 16th May 2018, highlights a number of themes fundamental to the growth of UK maritime:

* technology
* trade
* infrastructure
* environment
* people
* security/resilience

As part of the strategy, a series of objectives will be set so that progress against each of these themes can be scrutinised.

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/maritime-2050-call-for-evidence


Posted 2018-03-29 17:45:41


Launch of the 2018 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK

The National Business Awards gives companies the chance to tell their success story to a national audience, regardless of size or industry, through the UK's most prestigious awards programme. This awards programme acknowledges the skills, achievements and innovations in today's UK business community.

Showcase your businesses achievement to clients and investors, reward staff and benchmark your success against competitors. This is a year of ambition for British business.

Designed with the aim of being a significant endorsement of corporate achievement, the National Business Awards UK enables businesses and social firms from different industries and sizes to compete on a level playing field.

The awards recognise those businesses that are setting new standards in business performance, best practice, corporate ethics and innovation.

Lloyds Bank is the programme's headline sponsor. Through the Awards, the bank aims to deliver more to support UK business, greater exposure for finalists and winners, and exclusive expert mentoring from Lloyds Bank to the category finalists.

The 2018 categories are:

* The Customer Focus Award
* The Sustainable Business Award
* New Business of the Year
* The Employer of the Year
* Exporter of the Year
* Fujitsu Artificial Intelligence Award
* Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year
* Business Enabler
* Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year
* Innovation of the Year
* Scale up Business
* Positive Social Impact
* New Entrepreneur of the Year
* Mid Market Business
* Leader of the Year
* Digital Business of the Year

Any company within the UK can enter the Awards, regardless of size or industry sector. Organisations may self-nominate and entries may be submitted for multiple categories.

Submissions for the 2018 Awards are being accepted until Friday 1st June 2018.

For more information please visit:

http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk/


Posted 2018-03-28 08:40:07


Innovation loans from Innovate UK

Innovate UK has up to £10 million in innovation loans for UK SMEs' late-stage manufacturing and materials projects.

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for innovative manufacturing or materials projects.

The aim of this competition is to provide a loan which will help SMEs increase manufacturing readiness. This applies to innovations in manufacturing systems, technologies or processes, and/or materials development, properties, integration or reuse.

Proposals should focus on the scale-up of recent or ongoing manufacturing process innovation and/or materials development activities. The project's aim should be to enable UK based companies to progress innovative manufacturing or materials developments to commercial readiness.

Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years to establish a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years.

Businesses must be able to show that they:

* can cover interest payments
* will be able to repay the loan on time
* need public funding

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available. Projects should last up to 5 years.

Registration for this fund closes: Wednesday 25th April 2018 12:00pm.

For more information please visit:
https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/116/overview


Posted 2018-03-23 08:51:31


Getting Better Value from Our Coasts and Seas

The MERCES project (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas) (2016-2020), funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Blue Growth, is holding a number of webinars directed at industry needs on ‘Getting Better Value from Our Coasts and Seas’.

The first webinar was held in February 2018 and can be seen at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r0vO2ww5pA

The webinar contains two talks, one on 'Valuing Multiple Eelgrass Ecosystem Services in Sweden: Fish Production and Uptake of Carbon and Nitrogen' and 'Using 3D Computer graphics to convey restoration goals to decision-makers and the general public'. Future webinars will cover topics on restoring coral communities, carbon trading and deep-sea mining.

MERCES is focused on developing cost-effective methods to restore a wide variety of degraded marine habitats. MERCES is quantifying the benefits, including as compensation for habitats lost through coastal developments, such as ports and harbours, in terms of ecosystems services and socio-economic impacts. The project is also defining the legal-policy and governance frameworks needed to optimize the effectiveness of restoration approaches.

In order to transfer knowledge to industry to stimulate new opportunities in coastal and ocean management and to learn from best practice being used by companies engaged in ecosystem restoration activities, MERCES has formed a Business Club, The Business Club is essentially a topic specific cluster for businesses, policy makers, decision takers, coastal managers and research scientists. There is no cost and members can be as active as they require.

Case studies of current ecosystem restoration projects and their benefits are featured on the MERCES Business Club web pages http://www.merces-project.eu/?q=content/welcome-merces-business-club-4

The case studies are also featured in business-focused newsletters. In addition, e-mail contact is maintained with Business Club members to keep them informed on new results being generated by the MERCES project and its Business Club members. The Business Club is also promoting the case studies for coastal managers worldwide and especially in developing countries.

The MERCES Business Club will be of interest to:
* Marine Environmental Consultancies
* Coastal Zone Managers (flood defence, water quality)
* Port and harbour developers
* Offshore oil and gas operators
* Deep-sea mining contractors
* Carbon trading advisers
* Technology transfer organisations (monitoring technologies and services)
* Environmental lawyers
* Fisheries managers
* Government departments and agencies

If you would like to be kept informed first-hand about the growing business opportunities in restoring degraded ecosystems and methods coastal development compensation -contact Dr David Billett at merces@deepseasolutions.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you and to learning of your interests in marine ecosystem restoration.


Posted 2018-04-02 16:54:43


Get involved with the Solent LEP

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking prominent business leaders to join its Board of Directors, as well as new businesses to become Business Members of the LEP and a new Chairperson of the Business Support Investment Panel.

In its Annual Report, the Solent LEP details that this year they have invested over £51 million in business support, infrastructure, innovation and skills that will drive growth and create jobs in region.

If you would like to help shape the future of the Solent, they are looking for business leaders to join its Board of Directors as well as businesses to become Business Members.

The Solent LEP board takes responsibility for shaping economic strategy in the region, including the development of the Strategic Economic Plan and Local Industrial Strategy for the area.

Alongside strategy development, the LEP is a major capital investor in the Solent economy and is delivering a growth programme valued at over £1.8bn supported by a £244m LEP investment, working with HM Government to create new jobs and enable new homes to be built in the Solent. In the last year alone, the LEP invested over £51m in key projects within the Solent that will drive economic growth.

This is an open call for new Director candidates and applications from business leaders in all sectors and backgrounds are welcomed. In order to complement the existing balance of expertise and experience on the LEP Board, the LEP would, in particular, welcome applications from Southampton based business leaders, as well as those with demonstrable expertise and knowledge of financial planning, performance management, legal and governance best practice or risk management in the context of significant and complex budgets. However, the LEP is keen to hear from any senior business leaders that feel they can make a valuable contribution to its work in this, or future, roles on the LEP Board.

The Solent LEP is also opening the application process for businesses to become members of the Solent LEP.

Details on how to apply for membership or a role as a Director, or register your interest in future LEP Board roles, are available until Friday 20th April 2018.

For more information please visit:

https://solentlep.org.uk/what-we-do/news/solent-lep-is-seeking-new-director-candidates-1/


Posted 2018-03-23 09:13:59


New support announced for Women in Innovation

New funding and support is to be made available to women through a second round of Innovate UK's female-only competition.

Innovate UK has announced that it will run a second phase of its Women in Innovation awards. The programme, which will launch later this year, will consist of a funding competition and support package to encourage more female-led innovation.

Alongside this, Innovate UK will start running quarterly innovation accelerator workshops to help get more women innovating in business nationwide. They will also review their existing programmes to see how they can better promote and inspire diversity.

The second Women in Innovation competition will seek ideas that address the 4 grand challenges posed by government's Industrial Strategy. These are:

* AI and the data economy
* Clean growth
* Future of mobility
* Ageing society

For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/women-in-innovation-new-support-announced



Posted 2018-03-28 13:09:28


Man Overboard Prevention and Recovery Workshop, 17th April 2018, Southampton

The 2018 MAN OVERBOARD Prevention & Recovery Workshop is being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton on 17th April 2018.

All sectors are invited to participate in this unique one day event that focuses on viable solutions. Knowledge gained about the risks of people falling in the water from recent incidents with sub IMO / sub 24 metre vessels is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes.

Using the latest knowledge from around the world this group will identify the effectiveness of traditional methods versus innovative systems. For commercial, professional and military end user organisations the unique knowledge gained from presentations and networking sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for current operations and procurement of next generation equipment.

MOB Workshop Topics Include:

* MOB Prevention - from operating procedures to use of equipment
* Personnel Transfer - preventing MOB incidents and injury between vessels
* Primary Reactions - effective responses to MOB situations
* Location Of casualty - from crew lookout to electronic devices
* Communication - with maritime rescue, shore side, other vessels
* Return To MOB - connecting with and communicating with * Casualty Recovery - connecting with and lifting onboard, considering injuries
* Effects of Wearing PPE - in the water and contributing to MOB incidents
* Managing The casualty - immediate treatment and the survival timeline
* After Effects Of Incident - From personal care to legal issues

This workshop is suitable for commercial, professional and military end-user organisations, along with boat operators, boat builders, equipment manufacturers, naval architects, safety integrators, training organisations and legislators. Presentations are relevant to passenger ferries, pilot boats, police, patrol craft, survey vessels, wind farm support vessels, superyacht tenders, military craft and SAR vessels.

There is a discount rate for members of British Marine, RINA, SSA, UKMPA, UKHMA, YBDSA.

Supporters include University of Southampton, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (SMMI), Super Yacht Captains, Maritime Reporter (US), News (US), Marine Link (US), Maritime Journal (EU).

For more information please contact Event Manager Julie Arthur +44 (0)7449 000228 julie@shockmitigation.com

or visit http://www.shockmitigation.com


Posted 2018-01-08 17:50:36


Next Generation Marine Power and Propulsion Conference, 18th-19th April 2018, Southampton

The Next Generation Marine Power & Propulsion Conference is being held at the Grand Harbour, Southampton on 18th and 19th April 2018. All sectors are invited to participate in this unique event that focuses on viable solutions for sub IMO / sub 24 metre vessels. As most new power and propulsion technology is proving to be scalable this knowledge is becoming increasingly relevant to vessels of all sizes.

Armed with the latest knowledge from around the world this international group will identify the viability of utilising innovative power systems. For commercial, professional and military end user organisations the unique knowledge gained from presentations and networking sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.

Attendees include commercial, professional and military end-user organisations, along with boat operators, boat builders, engine manufacturers, mechanical & electrical engineers, naval architects and legislators. Presentations will include the latest power systems for passenger ferries, pilot boats, patrol craft, survey vessels, wind farm support vessels, superyacht tenders, military and unmanned craft.

Conference topics will include:

* Here & Now Technology - how industry is adopting viable solutions.
* Next Generation Systems - within a few years of commercial release.
* Innovations & Future Possibilities - pushing the boundaries forward.
* Diesel Engine Efficiency - reducing emissions and increasing performance.
* Powertrain Innovations - improving propulsion and fuel savings.
* Hybrid Systems - are now commercially available and in-service.
* Fuel Cells - crossover technologies from automotive to maritime.
* CFD Modelling & Testing - improving hulls and propulsion systems.
* Learning From Other Sectors - auto, aviation, space and sub-sea power.
* Autonomous Vessels - requiring low maintenance power and propulsion.

There is a discount rate for members of British Marine, RINA, SSA, UKMPA, UKHMA, YBDSA.
Supporters include University of Southampton, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (SMMI), Super Yacht Captains, Maritime Reporter (US), News (US), Marine Link (US), Maritime Journal (EU).

For more information please contact the Event Manager Julie Arthur on +44 (0)7449 000228 or email info@hybridmarine-power.com

For full details and booking information please visit:
http://www.hybridmarine-power.com


Posted 2017-12-14 13:09:42


Free event on How to access funding to upskill your existing and future workforce, Wednesday 25th April 2018, Southampton

Marine South East in partnership with Southampton Solent University are hosting this free event to inform businesses on ‘How to access funding to upskill existing and future workforces’. The evening will take place on Wednesday 25th April from 5.30- 7.30pm in the Spark Building at Southampton Solent University.

Marine businesses will be able to find out about all levels of the new Degree Apprenticeships which offer incredible value for money and flexibility for businesses to upskill their staff at minimal costs across a broad range of subjects.

Delegates will hear from a marine business owner who is using the scheme to upskill her own qualifications through the Business Leadership courses available at Southampton Solent University.

Degree Apprentices were launched by the Government in 2017; they allow employees to work while studying part-time for a degree and combine academic study from a traditional university degree with practical on-the-job experience and employment skills required for a successful career. Degree apprenticeships are suitable for people of all ages; you could already be in employment or just beginning your career or you could be a business looking for new skills and employees.

Southampton Solent University offers Degree Apprenticeships for aspiring new managers, experienced managers and senior leaders as well as project management, digital and technical solutions and electronic engineering.

Outline agenda (subject to change):
5.00-5.30 Registration and networking
5:30 Welcome from Tere Daly, Pro Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University
5:40 Jonathan Williams, CEO, Marine South East
5.50 Nicola Morgan, Director of Wilsonhalligan Ltd; student on Solent’s Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
6:05 Maggie Moss, Business Development Manager, Southampton Solent University
6.10 Overviews from department heads, Jonathan Ridley Head of Engineering, Gillian Saieva Head of Business, Finance and Accountancy, Jennifer Muskett Head of Computing, Caroline Barfoot Head, Employability & Student Enterprise
6:50 Port Logistics Apprenticeship; Onboard Erasmus European Project
7:00 Q&A panel session facilitated by Jonathan Williams, MSE
Open discussion on skills and training gaps in the marine sector

7:00 – 7:30 Networking

Free parking will be available onsite for all delegates after 5.00pm. Representatives from the various academic departments as well as staff who can assist with student placements, internships, and the process of applying for a Degree Apprenticeship will be on hand at the networking before and after the event to assist with any questions and queries.

To book your place at this Free event please click on the 'register' button.


Posted 2018-03-15 12:27:04