Email News January 2019

Welcome to the January 2019 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2018-12-19 09:48:27

Apply now for the Federation of Small Businesses Awards

Applications are now open for the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards.

The 2018 awards saw over 2,000 entries across the length and breadth of the UK from some of the most innovative and successful small businesses. The 2019 awards promise to be even bigger than last year, offering recognition to small businesses across the whole of the UK and culminating in a prestigious and high profile UK final in London, at Battersea Evolution, on 23rd May 2019.

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK, from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes.

The awards are the leading celebration of small businesses, shining a light on some of the best, most innovative and most determined small businesses. Winning a FSB Celebrating Small Business Award is a great way to showcase your business achievements and celebrate business success, brilliance and innovation.

The awards are free to enter and are open to all small businesses and the self-employed.

South East: Closing date for entries 1st March 2019.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2018-12-19 09:57:35

Upskill your workforce for free

Solent Business Academy is delivering FREE Business Needs and Skills Analysis sessions, with progression to fully funded training if identified as a need.

Funded by ESF, they are able to offer a free 40 minute 1:1 with a growth coach to obtain needs and skills analysis, and then have the opportunity to upskill staff.

There are a number of non accredited and accredited courses available, including Mapping Motivation for Engagement, City and Guilds Customer Service and many more.

Call 02392793400 or email to book an appointment for an advisor to visit you.

Posted 2018-12-19 10:15:03

Innovation Network for SMEs

Looking to take your prototype or business model to the next level? SMEs can take part in Innovation Network to improve products and services, exploit market niches and grow.

The Innovation Network (IN) is an ERDF funded programme focusing on the needs of small and medium sized enterprises in the UK. The Innovation Network provides access to the specialist resources of Universities, Research Centres and Industry Networks, enabling businesses to create or improve products and services, to exploit new market niches and to grow.

The lead partner is the University of Southampton supported by the University of Portsmouth, Solent University, the National Oceanographic Centre of Southampton and the Isle of Wight Council.

Grants between £10k to £50k will be available to match funders in 2019, to work with a university to develop your idea to be market ready.

The grants are provided through the European Development Fund.

For more information and application details please visit:

Posted 2018-12-20 16:17:17

OnBoard - Digital Skills for the Port and Logistics Sector

OnBoard is an EU project with partners in Ireland, Portugal and the UK. Focusing on Port and Logistics it is working with employers and training organisations to develop apprenticeships meeting the sector’s future needs.

In early 2018 a study of apprenticeships in the partner countries commenced. Following interviews with sector members 'Digital Skills' was identified as a key area. The growing use of electronic data, autonomous systems and Artificial Intelligence will have a major impact on the way ports and logistics operate in the future.

The supply chain will become more 'transparent' and require company collaboration to use the information effectively. Staff will need to have the relevant IT skills linked with a knowledge of port and logistic operations. This will be vital to the development and operation of the systems.

To meet this requirement OnBoard has produced profiles and training curricula for the following courses which will be validated in early 2019:

* 'Technician on Information Technology applied to ports and logistics' (EQF Level 4)
* 'Specialist Technician on Information Technology applied to port and logistics' (EQF Level 5)

If you are a member of a company or training organisation who would like to assist OnBoard with the validation or require further information, please email David Rae at

OnBoard is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. Further information is available on:

Posted 2018-11-30 11:31:53

New Forest LEADER grants open for Expressions of Interest

The New Forest LEADER programme is re-opening to new Expressions of Interest (the first stage in the application process), initially until 28th February 2019 or until remaining funding is allocated, whichever is sooner.

LEADER can grant fund up to 40% of the investment cost (for commercial projects) up to a maximum grant amount of £75,000.

Applications must be approved before the project can start.

Visit for information and how to apply, or for further information and an Expression of Interest form (the first stage in the application process) please contact Sally Igra, LEADER Programme Manager, on 023 8028 5588.

Posted 2018-12-19 10:01:35

Update from the Clean Inland Shipping project; CLINSH

CLINSH is a European consortium promoting clean inland waterway transport. Within CLINSH Dutch, Belgian, German and English public and private organizations work together. Marine South East is one of the consortium partners.

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

The CLINSH consortium aims to:

* demonstrate the effectiveness of greening measures in the Inland Waterways Transport sector

* stimulate the sector to personally take these greening measures

* contribute to improving air quality

An important part of the CLINSH project is the monitoring of the emissions of the CLINSH fleet of inland waterways craft.

Currently more then 20 ships are equipped with the monitoring equipment and are generating data about the operation of the ship and the emissions. By early 2019 all ships will be fully functional with the monitoring equipment installed.

The data that is continuously generated will be validated and multiple reference measurements on each ship will be carried out in 2019. All the data will be collected in a large database, which will be analyzed by the specialists.

Further updates will be shared via this newsletter and you can read more about the project at and sign up to receive newsletter updates.

CLINSH is co-funded by the European fund LIFE. The province Zuid-Holland is the lead partner of the CLINSH project.

Posted 2018-12-20 14:32:00

New Offshore Wind network for suppliers launched by Inn2Power EU Project

Inn2POWER is a four-year Interreg project whose aim is to expand the capacity for innovation and to improve access to the offshore wind industry for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by connecting offshore wind businesses in the North Sea Region.

The project has eleven partners from the five leading offshore wind clusters in the North Sea Region - Denmark, United Kindom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. To find out more about the project please visit

To be kept informed about the project's progress and outcomes and to receive information about B2B meetings, conferences and site visits you can subscribe to receive their newsletter at the following link:

Posted 2018-12-20 15:24:33

Nominations open for 2019 European Commercial Marine Awards

Recognising the depth of excellence in commercial marine, the European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs) are to be presented at Seawork on 11th June 2019. .

The awards will celebrate the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this important industry sector.

The following ECM Awards are open for nominations:

Innovations Showcase Category Awards in:

* Vessel Design & Construction
* Marine Civil Engineering & Construction
* Marine Equipment, Electronics & Materials
* Diving & Underwater Technology
* Renewable Energy
* Safety & Training

Maritime Best Project Award

Young Person's Development Award

Maritime Environmental Sustainability Award

Maritime Professional of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

To nominate your company or colleague for one of the awards please complete the form at the following location:!

Posted 2018-12-19 10:47:41

Wave Energy Converter Meet the Buyer event, 24th January 2019, Falmouth

Marine-i will host a ‘Meet the Buyer’ workshop on 24 January to showcase the development of AMOG Consulting Ltd’s Wave Energy Converter concept.

This one-third scale device will be tested at a site in Falmouth Bay, UK, in summer 2019, following testing at the COAST laboratory at University of Plymouth and fabrication within the Cornwall Marine Enterprise zone. The workshop will cover some of the challenges faced in the development of the technology, demonstrating lessons learned and opening discussion amongst industry members to help overcome any limitations and highlight commercial opportunities.

Prof Andrew Potts, CEO and founder of AMOG, said: "The workshop will be a fantastic opportunity for us to lay out the longer term needs of the supply chain from a developer's perspective, as well as giving an opportunity for members of the supply chain to become more familiar with AMOG and vice versa.”

Business opportunities

Dr George Crossley of the University of Exeter, who is coordinating the event, said businesses will “have the opportunity to be invited to tender for deployment, operations and maintenance work on this wave energy device as well as understand the longer term next generation needs.”

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i was set up to promote marine innovation in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It has provided funding to AMOG to support the assembly and testing of the new device in Cornwall.

This workshop will be hosted at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and is free to attend.

Posted 2018-12-12 00:58:31