Email News February 2020

Welcome to February 2020 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2020-01-13 16:40:42

Marine Management Organisation launch public consultation on Regional and National Marine Plans

The draft Marine Plans for all UK regions, which collectively make up the Government National Marine Plans and Strategy for the next 25 year are now available for consultation and comment.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has completed the draft Regional Marine Plans and has made them available for public consultation. It is important that businesses and organisations review the plans and respond with comments on areas of concern or if they feel the plans have not taken into account considerations that could benefit the industry in the future.

A draft Marine Plan becomes a Statutory Consideration once published, so if no comments or feedback are received it will become statutory legislation once the consultation is over and the plans are published. The consultation is only open for twelve weeks and closes on 6th April 2020.

This is an important opportunity as an industry to comment and be a part of the decision-making progress. It will make up the national marine development for the next 25 years and is part of your future.

Links to all the Marine Plans and how to submit your comments can be found at the following location:

The Marine Plans are in line with the UK Marine Policy Statement. Any questions regarding the consultation can be sent to the MMO Planning team on or by calling 02080 265 325

Posted 2020-01-23 09:16:54

Opportunities for businesses to provide smart energy solutions for island communities and off-grid locations

Businesses offering smart energy-efficient solutions such as offshore renewable energy, energy storage systems, smart grid systems, alternative fuels etc are being invited to sign up to the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) European Project.

Companies that can supply electricity solutions will be able to promote their technologies and services in order to develop business opportunities to supply remote island and isolated off-grid communities including Ushant Island.
Many remote communities and islands have no connection to wider electricity distribution systems and are dependent on imported energy supplies, typically fossil fuel driven. These energy systems tend to be less reliable, more expensive and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than mainland grid systems.

Supported by Interreg VA France (Channel) England, the Intelligent Community Energy (ICE) project aims to facilitate the design and implementation of innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories of the Channel area that face unique energy challenges.

An 'ICE' label will be awarded to applying companies to certify they have expertise in smart grids and their solutions are suited to isolated territories and are transferable. The 'ICE' label will offer commercial opportunities, testing possibilities and a package of support including market intelligence, networking and matchmaking events, increased market exposure and support to identify funding sources. The project is looking to sign up companies within the entire energy cycle from production through to consumption.
There will be opportunities for the smart energy solutions to be implemented and tested at real pilot demonstration sites in the UK and France. This project offers businesses a reduced competitiveness hurdle to access new markets and a possible launch-pad for the internationalisation of new technologies.
The smart energy solutions must be able to provide solutions or services within the framework of low carbon energy models for isolated territories.

For more information about eligibility and selection criteria please visit:

Applications can be submitted through the online form available at the following link:

Posted 2019-03-21 17:54:08

Taking on an apprentice? Finding it hard or had a really good experience?

Either way Maggie Fowler would like to hear from you!
Maggie’s an Apprenticeship Ambassador; part of a government backed network of apprentice employers. Maggie will give free support to smaller employers (those that don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy) looking for apprenticeship training for new or existing staff.

Maggie also wants to hear about your experience with the apprenticeship system.

Maggie gives feedback and writes up case studies for the Department for Education, highlighting good and bad employer experiences to help improve the system.

You can get in touch with Maggie Fowler at

Posted 2020-01-13 16:52:41

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK is investing up to £25m in the best game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas. All proposals must be business focused.

Smart is the new name for Innovate UK's 'Open grant funding' programme.

Applications can come from any area of technology and be applied to any part of the economy. The funding closes 22nd April 2020.

Applications must include at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and the project must start no later than October 2020 and end no later than October 2023.

Your proposal must demonstrate:

* a clear game-changing, innovative and/or disruptive and ambitious idea leading to new products, processes or services
* an idea that is significantly ahead of others in the field, set for rapid commercialisation
* a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
* a clear, evidence based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
* a team, business arrangement or working structure with the necessary skills and experience to run and complete the project successfully and on time
* sound, practical financial plans and timelines
awareness of all the main risks the project will face (including contractor or equipment failure, recruitment delays, etc) with realistic management, mitigation and impact minimisation plans for each risk
* clear, considerable potential to significantly impact the UK economy and/or productivity in a positive way
* good value for money, which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-01-21 13:46:34

UK Businesses asked to complete Blue Growth Innovation Survey

The Periscope Blue Growth Innovation Network is undertaking an international survey on blue growth innovation and business development.

Business leaders are being asked to complete the survey in order to build a picture about innovation and business development activities, financing needs, public business support and sustainability priorities.

Given your proximity to the targeted companies and that your main interest is providing high-value solutions, this study can provide you with important research findings that you may use to improve your member services.

Please complete the survey at the following link:

The Periscope project is fully compliant with GDPR regulations and will respect your confidentiality policies.

The responses will be strictly confidential and restricted to the Periscope project's research team (South Norway European Office). Data from this research will be anonymized for other Periscope partners, and aggregated results published, hence, your information will be coded and will remain confidential.

The results of the study will be presented by the Periscope Blue Growth Innovation Network to the European Commission and policymakers around the North Sea; it will thus contribute to the development of new policies and plans for the blue economy in the North Sea Region.

All participating organisations will receive a copy of the survey report.

Posted 2019-12-11 09:34:21

European Commercial Marine Young and Gifted Award Entries Open with channce to win £850

If you know or are a young person between 16 – 25 years of age, currently studying to work or begin a career in the maritime Industry, enter the European Commercial Marine Young Person’s Development Award and win £850!

You could achieve instant industry recognition and a bursary worth up to £850 (or equivalent value in relevant currency) to help further your career!

All you need to do is make a short informal video showing why you should win the award and bursary. The video could showcase projects you have completed or are currently working on, or that demonstrate your passion for the industry. It doesn't need to be long, anywhere between 1 minute and 3 minutes long is fine and accompanied by a few words to explain what you would spend the bursary on, and how it would help you in your career.

This is open to apprentices, students, employees or any young professional looking to further their career within the marine industry.

It's worth it! Each winner will receive coverage via the Seawork, M&CCE Expo and Maritime Journal channels - in print to 20,787 magazine readers, online to 20,183 web visitors and via eNews sent directly to 20,169 Maritime Journal, 4,521 M&CCE and 29,953 Seawork subscribers.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2020-01-23 09:27:22

Position of Chief Executive to YBDSA

The YBDSA are seeing a new CEO. The CEO of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association leads two of the marine industry’s foremost Professional Associations, guiding the professional development of Brokers, Surveyors and Designers, including the roll-out and growth of the ABYA and YDSA Academies.

The role is fulfilling, busy and demanding in equal measure. The position will liaise directly with other bodies such as British Marine, RYA, HMRC, MCA & FCA answering Members' questions on diverse topics relating to legal, VAT and RCD issues. There will also be some travel, event organisation and boat show attendance.

The CEO is responsible for an office of six permanent staff and various support agencies. Management experience and knowledge of the marine sector are desirable and some experience of training delivery would be ideal.

Full Time Position | Petersfield | Package Circa £50k
Send CV & Covering Letter to

Posted 2020-01-28 14:55:12

British Marine Expo, 4th-5th February 2020, Southampton

The British Marine Spring Expo 2020 takes place between 4th and 5th February at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Join the industry for a packed two-day schedule of keynote talks, great networking and trade opportunities. Highlights include:

* FREE BM Talks: Including social media marketing, Brexit preparations, cyber security, environmental opportunities, market segmentation, managing change, apprenticeships and much, much more.

* Superyacht UK Technical Seminar; follow the link for more information

* British Marine Trade Association Awards Dinner, in association with Marine Industry News;

* Meet the Buyer; information coming soon

British Marine members will also be exhibiting a wide range of products and services within the all new Trade Connections Area, which is open to all and free to visit from 9am each day.

Find the full schedule of events at the following link:

Contact if you're interested in becoming the Expo's official media partner.

Posted 2019-12-19 17:02:20

INdiGO Bio-degradable fishing gear event, 12th February 2020, Lorient, France

INdiGO (INnovative fishing gear for Ocean) is a new EU Interreg co-funded project to develop prototype biodegradable fishing gear.

The project partners and various external speakers will be present on February 12th 2020 at the kick-off event in Lorient to address the following themes:

* Introduction: environmental and societal issues
* The context: plastic pollution, the economic impacts of marine litter
* Alternative solutions: on board solutions, recycling of fishing gear, biodegradable plastics, engaging professionals as actors in transitions
* Industrial challenges in response of new materials

The event will take place on 12th February 2020, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm at the University of South Brittany - Amphi Science 1, 2 Rue le Coat Saint-Haouen, 56321 Lorient

To register to attend the event please visit:

Led by the University of South Brittany, the INdIGO project will reduce the total quantity of plastic present in the France/English Channel area by 3% through the development of biodegradable fishing gear, as well as improving habitat quality and maintaining biodiversity.

For more information please contact: or

Posted 2019-12-04 13:27:29

MMO webinar on South East Marine Plan Consultation, 13th February 2020, online

Following the announcement that the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is hosting a public consultation on Regional and National Marine Plans, the MMO is running webinars on the proposed plans to assist those stakeholders who need to engage in the Regional Marine Plans Consultation.

The webinars will run for an hour and cover the following areas.

* An introduction to the MMO
* An introduction to Marine Planning and the journey so far
* The consultation and how to respond
* Implementation and how to use the plans

They are open to any individual or organisation and do not require any downloads or additional software. The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

30/1/20 10:30 - 11:30 National
Note: Open to all, but content aimed at national authorities and organisations.

4/2/20 10:30 - 11:30 South west

5/2/20 10:30 - 11:30 North west

11/2/20 10:30 - 11:30 North east

13/2/20 10:30 - 11:30 South east

If there are a number of people joining a webinar the MMO asks that you register as a single participant to avoid overloading. To take part register at the following link:

The joining details will be emailed to you.

These webinars will assist in understanding and engaging with the consultation process which may impact your business, for this reason taking part and responding to the consolation is essential. Once finalise and published the plans will have legislation which may affect you day-to-day operations. This is your opportunity to put your business needs and concerns forward.

Posted 2020-01-24 12:56:03