Innovate UK launches new 3-year programme for Young Innovators

The national Young Innovators Awards will go to 18–30 year olds with a creative and ground-breaking ...

Marine Apprentices invited to apply for Lady Hamlyn Award

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Winning in the Solent Region 2020, 19th May 2020, Virtual Conference

On Tuesday 19th May 2020 Portsmouth University will be hosting their annual Winning In the Solent Re...

Creating Business Opportunities from Waste Fishing Nets, 28th May 2020, 4pm GMT online

This webinar will share the findings of a report into new thinking on Circular Business Models and C...

Email News July 2018

Welcome to the July 2018 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

If you would like to submit an article for consideration please email the text and a suitable image or logo to

Posted 2018-06-12 13:08:53

Government Announces £8m Business Basics Fund to Boost England’s Small Firms

The new Business Basics Fund has been established to test new and innovative ways of supporting small businesses to take advantage of technologies and management practices, providing the tools and support required for success.

The Government has announced details of a new £8 million fund, designed to improve the productivity and performance of small businesses in England.

Boosting national productivity and increasing workers' earning power forms a key part of the Government's modern Industrial Strategy. To address the country's productivity challenge, the Industrial Strategy focuses on the five foundations of productivity:

* Ideas
* People
* Infrastructure
* Business environment

The Business Basics Fund, operated by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in partnership with Innovate UK (IUK), will help businesses, charities, trade bodies and public sector organisations to support small businesses in adopting tried and tested technologies and management techniques. The aim is to unlock £100 billion of untapped benefit to the economy.

Once the projects are launched, the Government will then work with leading experts to evaluate the effectiveness of each project in boosting productivity, helping to inform future policies.

The programme will have a total budget of £8 million over its lifetime. There will be a total of £2 million available in the first call.

Details about the funding available, the application process and further guidance can be accessed via IUK's online Innovation Funding Service at the following link:

Posted 2018-06-29 12:47:49

Innovate UK Innovation Loans - new round opening 2nd July 2018

Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

Your proposal can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and any part of the economy.

Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth, gains in productivity and/or access to new overseas markets through export.

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

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available. Projects should last up to 5 years and are expected to start by December 2018.

Competition opens: Monday 2 July 2018
Registration closes: Wednesday 29 August 2018 12:00pm

For more information please visit:

Posted 2018-06-29 12:53:24

Lloyds Maritime Academy celebrating 40 years with new courses starting soon

Lloyds Maritime Academy is celebrating 40 years as a leading maritime industry training partner with an extensive programme of new courses starting shortly.

Among the courses starting soon are:

* Diploma in Maritime Safety Policies
* Certificate in Maritime Disputes and Abitration
* Certificate in Shipping Business
* Certificate in Tanker Chartering
* Certificate in Marine Salvage Law
* Certificate in Chartering
* Certificate in Maritime Law and Shipping Contracts
* MBA in Shipping & Logistics

To find out more please visit:

or contact

Posted 2018-06-12 13:17:38

Funding available to exhibit at Seawork Asia 2018

Seawork Asia is one of the fastest growing commercial marine and workboat exhibitions in the Asian region; it takes place in the heart of this expanding industry sector in Shanghai from 6th-8th November 2018. UK companies wishing to exhibit may be eligible to apply for TAP funding up to £2500.

As the world's second largest economy and biggest trading partner for many Asian economies, China is a key market and Seawork Asia provides unique access across the Asian commercial marine and workboat market, offering many exporting opportunities for the Marine sector.

The grants, which are offered by the Department of International Trade (DIT) through their Trade Challenge Partner, British Marine, in partnership with Seawork Asia, are offered on a case by case basis, and there are a very limited number available.

UK companies who choose to exhibit at Seawork Asia will be located in the popular British Pavilion. These stands offer tremendous opportunity for UK organisations as they are in a high-traffic area, near to other national pavilions and organisations, thus helping to provide a steady stream of visitors passing throughout the day.

For further information or to apply for funding, please get in touch with the Seawork Asia sales team on +44 1329 825335 or contact

For more information on Seawork Asia please visit

Posted 2018-06-29 12:20:06

Tidal Energy Briefing and supply chain opportunities in the Solent, 3rd July 2018, Seawork, Southampton

SOREC is proud to be partnering with Seawork International 2018 to update the industry on the emerging Tidal Energy Market and to announce an exciting supply opportunity. The event will take place at the Seawork Exhibition and Conference, in the conference centre on 3rd July 2018 from 1600-1730.

The Offshore Renewable Energy catapult (OREC) have recently published their much awaited report on Tidal Stream Energy.

The headlines are that global deployment of sufficient turbines to deliver 100MW each year from 2021/22 would reduce the price of Tidal Stream Energy from £300 per MWh down to £150MWh, with a further reduction to £90MWh when 1GW had been deployed and £80MWh when 2GW have been deployed. A cost which compares very favorably with Hinckley Nuclear Power station which is £92.5 MW, in 2023 costing £16b+.

This represents an exciting opportunity to improve the UK's energy supply and create a new industry in Britain bringing 4000 jobs by 2030, increasing to 14,500 by 2040 generating a national income (GVA) of £1,400m at that time.

The report has prompted, the fully consented, Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC) to start their preliminary meetings with potential supply chain companies to review the production, operations and maintenance costs for the project deployment off Ventor, in the Isle of Wight.

The Solent Offshore Renewable Energy Consortium (SOREC) will host the supply chain event as part of the conference programme at Seawork International 2018.

The meeting will start with a brief on the OREC report and the recent encouraging strategic developments in the UK's Tidal Energy sector. It will highlight the opportunities and risks and be followed by the first supply chain meeting for the PTEC partnership.

The presenter will be the Chairman of PTEC, Rob Stevens CB, who also led the government study of the Marine & Maritime aspects of the 'Transforming Solent Report' of 2014. He will be followed by Hans Van Breugel, the CEO of 'Tocardo Tidal Power B.V.' the project's Marine Energy Turbine supplier, who will lead the supply chain meetings.

Expressions of interest in a 'Gain Share' approach to minimize early costs are sought from: Subsea cable suppliers; Subsea export cable contractors; substations suppliers; power quality equipment suppliers; Electrical installation companies; Navigation buoy manufacturers; construction companies for land fall works; contracted seabed foundations work including anchors, moorings; additional survey work; support vessels; berthing opportunities; second tier operational array support companies.

For more information and to register to attend Seawork please visit

Posted 2018-06-22 11:54:11

Find out about the Business Opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at sea, 4th July 2018, at Seawork Southampton

Marine South East will be hosting a workshop to introduce the concept of multi-use platforms at seas (MUPS), to explore their potential uses and the business opportunities for the supply and value chains. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 4th July 2018 at 10am at Seawork in Southampton, Conference Room 2.

The workshop is hoping to attract people who want to learn more about future applications of offshore platforms, the critical requirements for building and operating them, and to understand the diversification opportunities they present for marine companies.

Topics that will be discussed include the technical and economic feasibility of large floating offshore platforms that can support multiple marine energy devices and other competing revenue generating activities.

Multi-use platforms and their activities have the potential to generate significant new global business opportunities for companies involved with:

* Design and engineering
* Production and fabrication
* Installation and decommissioning
* Operation and maintenance
* Equipment supply
* Sensing and remote monitoring systems
* ICT infrastructure

Potential uses for Multi-use platforms are wind, wave and current renewable energy, aquaculture, port facilities and security but there are many more.

The platforms would need support facilities such as service craft similar to wind-farm support craft and vessels to transport aquaculture production.

This open workshop will be hosted by Marine South East under the auspices of ENTROPI and OPEC which are European funded projects looking at Multi-Use Platforms at Sea. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 4th July 2018 in Conference Room 2 at Seawork in Southampton. To register your place please click on the link below:

You will also need to register yourself to attend Seawork at the following link - attendance at Seawork is free:

Posted 2018-05-22 07:07:21

SpaceWave webinar workshops exploring opportunities for Earth Observation technologies in Blue Growth, 9th and 17th July, via webinar

The SpaceWave project is hosting 4 workshops which can be attended in person or online via webinar, to identify the current capabilities and opportunities for businesses of using Earth Observation capabilities in sea fisheries, aquaculture, environmental monitoring and water-level rise and coastal erosion monitoring.

Businesses are invited to participate in the workshops which will facilitate discussion among a group of experts and commercial organisations to explore real opportunities, solutions and challenges of using Satellite Applications and Earth Observation technologies.

* Satellite applications in Sea Fisheries, 9th July 2018, 10.30-12.30 am - hosted by Marine South East. Visit to register to attend and receive webinar details.

* Satellite applications in Aquaculture on 9th July 2018, 14.00- 17.00 pm - hosted by Planetek. Visit to register

* Water-level rise and coastal erosion: The Mekong Delta Region (Vietnam) on 17th July 2018, 09.00-11.30am - hosted by Aerospace Valley. Visit
to register

* Monitoring and surveillance of the marine environment on 17th July 2018, 13.00 - 16.00 - hosted by Pole Mer Mediterranee. Visit

Posted 2018-06-01 11:02:34