Email News November 2018

Welcome to the November 2018 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2018-10-10 07:52:07

Join the CLINSH Focus Group of ports and authorities

The CLINSH project will propose policies for the greening of inland waterways transport based on the monitoring of ships emissions, scenario building and socio-economic analysis.

There is special emphasis on alignment of policies by ports and authorities around two initial topics in particular:

* Deployment of onshore power supply

* Vessel scoring methodology for policy incentives

A focus group has been formed consisting of port and local authorities to exchange knowledge, test and get feedback on best practices with deployment of onshore power (OPS) and to coordinate local incentives to promote OPS. The focus group may also initiate new deployment projects under EU programmes.

The port and local authorities focus group will also promote alignment and harmonization of local incentives for low-emission ships based on a common vessel scoring methodology developed within CLINSH.

Several ports and local and regional authorities are partners in the CLINSH project. They invite you to join this focus group. Up to three live meetings are foreseen in the period 2018-2020.

Interested? Please contact

Posted 2018-10-16 07:56:45

Smart Energy Solutions for Islands in the Channel launch project website

Funded by the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England Programme, the Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design, implement and promote innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories facing issues in terms of efficiency, reliability and sustainability in the Channel area.

Marine South East is a partner in the project which will run until 2020.

The project is aiming to design and produce an innovative low-carbon energy system (smart grid), able to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission of island communities concerned (50% to 100% compared to a fuel-based system) and secure energy access security.

It will cover the entire energy cycle from production to consumption, exploit local renewable energy sources and integrate new and existing technologies currently at different levels of readiness, in order to deliver a comprehensive innovative solution.

The ICE project tackles the key challenge faced by the Channel area in reducing the energy vulnerability of the region. Isolated territories such as islands and peripheral communities of the Channel area are either located at the end of energy distribution networks or depend mainly on fossil fuel generation which can be expensive and vulnerable to supply issues. This implies not only above average carbon emissions, but also higher production and sales costs, energy security issues and lack of resilience as well as higher risk of supply chain disruption.

For more information please visit the new ICE website at

The ICE project has received funding from the European Union's INTERREG V A France (Channel) England Research and Innovation Programme.

Posted 2018-10-10 08:02:16

Sign up to receive updates on marine business opportunities surrounding Multi-Use Platforms at Sea

In the coming years, the world’s oceans will see a growing development of marine infrastructures including offshore wind farms, marine aquaculture farms and offshore ports. These will provide business opportunities for a wide variety of marine businesses from designers, boat builders, marine service companies and aquaculture businesses.

The development of such structures and facilities will create increasing pressures and must be implemented in an integrated and sustainable way in order to limit the impacts on marine ecosystems.

Offshore Platforms (also known as Multi-Use Platforms at Sea, or MUPS) can represent a solution to meet these growing demands of competition for space as well as socio-economic benefits for the different activities.

In order to find out more about the business opportunities of Multi-Use Platforms at Sea please sign up to receive regular updates, details of events and business opportunities and findings from the various projects Marine South East is involved with looking at these offshore multi-use structures.

Please follow the link below to sign up to the interest group.

The group is free to join and no data will be shared or disseminated.

ENTROPI is co-funded by the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Posted 2018-08-22 12:37:13

London International Shipping Week 2019 annouce event theme

London International Shipping Week 2019 has chosen 'The changing face of global trade and the opportunities posed.' chosen as the key theme for the week.

Over 20,000 international shipping and maritime decision makers are expected to descend on London between September 9th and 13th, 2019 to attend the fourth London International Shipping Week (LISW).

LISW19's overarching theme 'International Trade in a Changing World' will be supported by a series of sub themes: Growing; Innovating; and Partnering. These will provide the backdrop to the flagship LISW19 conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on Thursday September 12th, 2019.

An anticipated 200+ industry events will be held during the week in what will be a highly effective backdrop to top level discussion, networking and government-to-government as well as industry-to-industry meetings and bilaterals.

Further information about LISW19 can be found on the dedicated event website:

Posted 2018-10-27 16:33:24

Develop your future talent pipeline

Skills gaps, recruitment challenges and an ageing workforce are often cited as barriers to business growth and increased productivity. To support with tackling these issues, Solent LEP have committed to establishing the Enterprise Adviser Network in the area.

This national initiative, delivered in partnership between Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Careers and Enterprise Company, matches schools and colleges with a volunteer from business; providing an insight into the world of work and encouraging education to find effective ways to build their employer networks.

Providing education with an insight to the realities of the workplace and expectations of employers is invaluable in ensuring that young people make informed choices about their career pathways. It is also a great opportunity for personal development and to build your own professional network.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network then please contact the Solent LEP for further details -

Posted 2018-10-12 13:06:32

Are you thinking of starting a business?

Do you have an idea or passion you want to turn into a business? Are you currently running a business and in need of support?

Radian has secured European funding to offer FREE self employment courses and additional support to people living in six key areas over the next three years including Portsmouth & Gosport, Southampton, Eastleigh and Test Valley.

Radian's Employment, Support and Training (EST) team, who specialise in supporting residents into employment and training, have successfully supported over 100 business start ups. The 10 week 'CREATE' course is the start of your entrepreneurial journey!

For more detail on the next course please contact Radian on 0800 422 0570 or email or visit the website for more details:

Posted 2018-10-12 13:41:09

FedEx Small Business Grant UK Contest - New Round Now Open

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest has been set up to invest in small UK businesses in order to strengthen their activities and help them expand into new territories across the world.

Successful applicants could win one of the following grants:

* Grand prize of £20,000
* Runner-up prize of £10,000

The competition is open to small profit-making companies registered in the United Kingdom which at the time of entry:

* are registered at Companies House in the UK; and
* have filed at least one set of annual trading accounts; or
* have a valid UK VAT number.

The company must also be wholly owned by legal residents of United Kingdom who are independent owners/operators.

Applications must be received by 28th November 2018.

FedEx will announce the Top 10 Finalists on the Small Business Grant UK website on 6th December 2018. The Top 10 Finalists will be notified via email and asked to provide a second-round submission, submission due on 9th January 2019. FedEx will announce the final two Winners on 24th January 2019.

For more information visit:

Posted 2018-10-30 16:17:19

Horizon 2020 Funding for Fast Track to Innovation programme deadlines announced

The Horizon 2020 Fast Track to Innovation call provides funding for close to market, business driven projects and is open to proposals in any area of technology or application.

Part of the Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Pillar, Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) accelerates the market uptake of ground-breaking innovations by providing funding through an open, accessible scheme that nurtures ideas from consortia of innovators of all types and sizes from across Europe.

FTI supports actions undertaking innovation from the demonstration stage through to market uptake, including activities such as piloting, test-beds, systems validation in real-world working conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research, and standard-setting. FTI actions are encouraged to be interdisciplinary, cutting across different sector and technologies. Actions supporting innovative concepts that have the potential to disrupt or to create new markets are particularly welcome.

Proposals for funding must be submitted by consortia comprising between three and five legal entities established in at least three different EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020. Participation by private industry is mandatory, and the industry involvement requires:

* The allocation of at least 60% of the budget to industry participants in the consortium.
* The presence of a minimum number of two industry participants in a consortium of three or four partners, or of three industry participants in a consortium of five partners.

The maximum EU contribution per action is €3 million (funding rate: 70% for for-profit entities; 100% for not-for-profit entities). The total budget available over 2018-20 is €100 million.

Cut-off dates for 2019 are as follows:

* 21st February 2019.
* 23rd May 2019.
* 22rd October 2019.

Posted 2018-10-29 14:13:50

Innovation loans for SMEs - registration closes 14th November 2018

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The 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.

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 and are expected to start by March 2019.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2018-10-30 16:26:34

Funding for Growth Seminar, 2nd November, Southampton

Are you a business which is having trouble funding your growth plans? Learn how to access alternative forms of finance, including funding for exporting, at a Funding for growth seminar by ActionCOACH Solent and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

The seminar will bring together four key growth funding solutions for your business, explain what the criteria and conditions are to access these and the mistakes to avoid.

Keynote speakers from Funding Circle, Oxford Investment Opportunity Network, UK Export Finance, Solent LEP, ActionCOACH Solent.

Date: 2nd November 2018 Time: 10.30am - 2.00pm

Location: ActionCOACH Solent, Market Buildings, High Road, Southampton SO16 2HW

To register to attend please visit:

Posted 2018-10-12 13:11:07

European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) - Blue Economy Call Open

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new Call for Proposals with a total budget of €18.7 million to accelerate the development and implementation of the EU Maritime Policy and the sustainable development of the blue economy.

The Call focuses on three topics:

* Blue Labs - promoting innovative laboratories to pilot new and economically viable solutions addressing selected maritime and marine challenges and opportunities. The total budget is €5 million with an expected EU contribution of between €500,000 and €1 million per project. EASME expects to fund approximately six proposals.

* Blue Careers - promotes innovative approaches to strengthen the cooperation between industry and education in order to bridge the gap between skills' offer and demand. The total budget is €5.5 million with an expected EU contribution of between €500,000 and €1 million per project. EASME expects to fund approximately seven proposals.

* Blue Economy - support for demonstration projects based on innovative technologies testing/deploying/scaling-up of new industrial or service applications and solutions for the blue economy. The total budget is €8.2 million with an expected EU contribution of between €500,000 and €1 million per project. EASME expects to fund approximately nine proposals.

Organisations can receive up to 80% co-financing for their project (65% for Blue Economy topic).

Applicants must be private entities, public entities, or international organisations established in an EU Member State. EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) cannot be part of any consortium.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2018.

Posted 2018-10-29 14:23:40

Multi-Use Platforms at Sea ENTROPI project presentation at Business2Sea, 15th November 2018, Portugal

The Business 2 Sea Sea Forum is an international event dedicated to the development of projects and businesses in the different sectors of the marine and maritime economy. The ENTROPI project, looking at business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at sea will be presented at the event.

The ENTROPI project will be discussed during the thematic session of Shipbuilding and Marine Renewable Energy on the 15th of November from 14h00 - 17h30 at the Alfandega Exhibition Centre in Porto, Portugal.

The event is open to the participation of all types of organizations - companies and business associations, higher education institutions, research centers, entities with intervention in the marine and maritime.

Registration is now open to reserve your place at this session:

To find out more about the ENTROPI project and business opportunities for Multi-Use Platforms at Sea please visit: and register to join the Interest Group to receive regular updates via the website.

For more information about the Business2Sea event please go to:

And for the full programme visit:

ENTROPI is co-funded by the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Posted 2018-08-10 14:17:37

Multi-Use Platforms in the Atlantic: Finance and Route to Commercialisation; 30th November 2018, Canary Islands

PLOCAN the Canary Islands partner in the ENTROPI Project is hostingthis event to discuss the finance of and route to commercialisation of Multi-Use Platforms at Sea.

The event is being held on Friday 30th November 2018, from 09.00-17.30 at the PLOCAN offices, Telde-Taliarte, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Topics under discussion will include the background to the ENTROPI project and a discussion around the floating offshore wind and aquaculture test site already in existence in the Canary Islands. This will be followed by a round-table session with public funders and private investors as well as a discussion on how to enhance the business case and investment case.

The seminar will highlight the future opportunities for stakeholders and businesses.

For more information about the event please contact PLOCAN at or call +34 928 13 44 14

For more information about the ENTROPI project please visit where you can sign up to the Interest Group to be kept informed of events, updates, downloads etc.

ENTROPI is co-funded by the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

Posted 2018-10-10 07:44:16