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Email News August 2018

Welcome to the August 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 2018-07-09 17:21:23

Learn more about the business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at Sea

Marine South East held a constructive workshop at Seawork 2018 to explore business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at sea under the auspices of two projects being coordinated by Marine South East; ENTROPI (Enabling Technologies and Roadmaps for Offshore Platform Innovation)and OPEC (Offshore Platform for Energy Competitiveness).

The event attracted interested parties who contributed useful feedback on potential business opportunities and how their organisations might contribute to the further development of this exciting concept.

Of particular interest was the presentation by Silvia Martin Imholz from ENTROPI partner PLOCAN who are a research and innovation organisation based in the Canary Islands.

PLOCAN have prepared an informative video describing the work they are doing on the oceanic platform of the Canary Islands and opportunities for offshore Multi-Use Platforms.

To view the video follow the link:

Full details of both Offshore Platforms projects can be found at where you can also sign up to be kept informed of future events, project findings and business opportunities.

More findings from the ENTROPI project will be presented to international audiences in Porto, Portugal and Las Palmas, Canary Islands this Autumn.

Sign up here to receive all the updates.

Posted 2018-07-27 11:30:11

New vessels selected for CLINSH emission reduction project for inland waterways

CLINSH is a European funded project with a consortium of international organisations working together to promote clean inland waterway transport. Marine South East is the English partner of this European LIFE Program funded project.

The main objective of CLINSH is to improve air quality in urban areas by accelerating emission reductions in Inland Waterway Transport.

The number of participating vessels in the project will soon be expanded as contracts are being finalised with skippers selected during a second tender round. Suitable ships can still register to take part if they can meet with the requirements.

26 ships were selected in the first tender round and a further 21 can be signed up to be fitted with measuring equipment to record the emissions for one to two years. This valuable information with assist the project in working out environmental performance and operational costs going forward.

For more information please visit

Posted 2018-07-27 15:36:05

Updates from Onboard Erasmus project regarding apprenticeship models for the Ports and Logistics sector

It is widely recognised that Vocational Education & Training (VET) can reduce high youth unemployment levels and through initial training of young workers, promote a better match between learning outcomes of the training paths and the enterprises skills’ needs.

The ONBOARD Project is aiming to design, implement and validate an apprenticeship's model for the ports and logistics sector supporting the development of a Vocational Education & Training (VET) profile and curriculum through partnership with maritime businesses.

The project is led by INOVA+ and has partners from Portugal, the UK and Ireland, including Marine South East.

To get a 3 minute video overview of the project please visit

As the project progresses plans, profiles, curricula, apprenticeship models and training programmes for key professionals will become available to download from the project website at

To find out the latest news and activities from the project go to

Posted 2018-07-27 12:46:31

Improving Productivity for Businesses - apply for funding

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has up to £2 million to invest in trials of innovative ways to improve productivity for micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

The funding is part of the government's Business Basics Programme, announced as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.

The aim of the programme is to identify and test ideas that encourage SMEs to adopt existing technology and management practices that would improve their productivity.

For more information please visit:

The competition will fund 2 types of project, proof of concept or feasibility studies and full-scale trials. If a proof of concept is successful, there is potential to access further funding to move the project into a full-scale trial in the future.

Projects should look at how to increase the adoption of technology and business practices to improve the productivity of SMEs. This could include:

* adopting existing technology, such as accountancy, CRM or HR software, cloud computing or payment systems
* adopting modern business practices, such as leadership and management capabilities or developing an innovation culture
* a combination of the 2 approaches above

Ideas could include increasing awareness about the benefits of technology, how to create interest in adopting new technology and business practices, making the benefits of new technology clearer and providing advice and support.

* the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 4 September 2018
* projects can be led by a business, public sector, academic, charity or trade organisation working alone or with partners
* Innovate UK expect projects for full trails to have costs of up to £400,000 and to last between 3 and 12 months
* Innovate UK expect proof of concept projects and feasibility studies to have costs of up to £60,000 and to last between 3 and 6 months
* businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs

Posted 2018-07-09 17:36:31

Funding for training for Solent businesses

Are you an organisation with fewer than 250 employees? Could you benefit from a free training needs analysis? Does your workforce need developing to fill crucial roles requiring technical and higher level skills? Read on ...

The Employees' Support In Skills programme for the Solent areas is available to marine business that employ less than 250 employees. The impact of skills shortages is a significant issue for all employers but can have a greater effect if your business is an SME.

This new initiative is co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and is managed by the CSW Group. The funding is available to all SMEs across the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership area.

The service offers your business:

* An insightful organisational training needs analysis inline with your business objectives

* A valuable assessment of the skills profile of your employees and how this relates to your business

* Bespoke training, for eligible employees aged 18+, in line with your business needs

* Access to professional, leadership and management training

* Support to help your employees progress into further education or an apprenticeship

Can you afford not to take advantage of a free offer that will help your business grow and become more competitive!

Posted 2018-07-13 14:12:43

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop, 5th September 2018, Southampton

British Marine, with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), are offering two workshops (one full day, followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

The workshops are interactive and thought provoking and enable those attending to develop their mentoring skills.

Workshop one (full day) - Developing Mentoring Skills to Support Apprentices. This workshop aims to provide an understanding of the skills and behaviours needed for successful mentoring.

Workshop two (half day follow up) - Reviewing Mentoring Skills to Support Apprentices. This is run approximately two to three months after the first. The second workshop requires delegates to bring their own scenarios and experiences to the workshop and discuss progress with peers, and will act as a refresher on the skills and techniques that can support their mentoring practice going forward.

The first workshop will be held on 5th September 2018 with the follow-up half day workshop taking place on 11th December 2018.

For more information please contact Liv Whetmore on 01784 223631 or email

Posted 2018-07-09 17:27:13

Directors Breakfast at The Southampton Boat Show, 18th September 2018, Southampton

What better way to talk about luxury than at a Solent LEP Directors Breakfast at Southampton Boat Show.

Join Business South as the Southampton Boat Show celebrates 50 years with British Marine providing a warm welcome and introductions.

Cristina Munoz, Chair of the Luxury South Action Group and Brand Partnerships Manager for Cunard will give an update on the work of the Luxury South Group, and it's aim to support and encourage luxury growth in the South.

Guest Speaker, Professor Joanne Roberts, Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton will be providing an interesting overview of the luxury sector.

Don't miss out on your chance to attend this unique event which also includes a complimentary ticket to visit Boat Show following the briefing.

This event is being held on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30am - 10.30am at Mayflower Park, Southampton.

The cost is £40 for Business South Champions and £80 for Non Champions.

To register for the event please contact

Posted 2018-07-27 13:21:05