Record Presence At International Energy Show From Highland
20th May 2012
Largest ever regional presence for Highlands and Islands at international energy show.
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland will once again have the largest regional presence at the All Energy exhibition and conference in Aberdeen this week (Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May 2012).
Seventy six companies are to come together under the banner of HI-Energy to showcase the region's world-leading renewable energy expertise and supply chain capabilities. The HI-energy zone is made up of exhibitors from across the Highlands and Islands and includes regional pavilions from Orkney, Shetland, Caithness and Argyll.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) manages the over-arching HI-Energy pavilion on behalf of the region's energy industry to ensure the area's extensive renewable energy offerings are promoted, including its leading role in offshore renewables, experienced supply chain and world-class facilities.
The last three years have seen a record number of Highlands and Islands companies taking part, but with an increase of almost 60% since 2009, HIE says this is an indication of the importance of the industry to the Highlands and Islands and Scotland as a whole.
HIE's Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Calum Davidson said:
"All Energy is one of the most important events of the year for us and our companies. Every year we have a record number of businesses that join us and this year is no exception. The Highlands and Islands is known to be leading the world in the development of wave and tidal energy, and the skills and experience of our companies are sought after around the world.
"The announcement of the five Enterprise Area sites and Nigg Energy Park receiving Enterprise Zone status, the establishment of the Nigg Skills Academy, EMEC reaching full capacity at its wave and tidal test sites, significant progress in offshore wind projects on our east and west coasts, and major investment in infrastructure across the region all make this a particularly exciting year. We have a huge number of companies who are at the forefront of energy research, development and supply chain expertise and this is recognised internationally."
As part of the two-day exhibition, HIE is holding a networking event at the end of the first day, which will give exhibitors the opportunity to invite potential and existing clients to meet the wider Highlands and Islands supply chain.
The Highlands and Islands' leading role in the renewables sector will be woven throughout the two-day conference, and senior representatives from HIE will deliver key notes. Mr Davidson will update the conference on the region's marine energy progress in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters, and will also contribute to wider discussions on the role of marine energy parks throughout the UK. Also presenting at the conference is HIE's Chief Executive Alex Paterson on the offshore wind supply chain and HIE Board member Steve Thomson on 'energy islands'.
A new programme to help communities and social enterprises to generate income by investing in commercially owned renewable energy developments has been launched this week, as part of Community Energy Fortnight. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has introduced the programme to deliver one to one support, tailored development workshops and specialist support to raise awareness of, and accelerate, the completion of investment opportunities.
Innovative businesses from across Scotland looking to explore the commercial potential of an idea before bringing it to market are being urged to consider the Pathfinder Accelerator programme, delivered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Pathfinder is free and open to existing and start-up companies in the life science, technology and digital health sectors.
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A series of key appointments have been made to Wave Energy Scotland (WES) as the new research and development organisation sets up an Advisory Group. WES received over fifty applications from interested parties keen to be involved in the group.
Digital connectivity is changing forever on the Outer Hebrides with the announcement today (Tuesday 7 July) that high-speed fibre broadband is live in Stornoway. Around 3,600 premises in Stornoway will be the first to have access to the new services thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.
Pupils from Wick High School and Lamlash Primary School on the Isle of Arran have been announced as winners of a dragon's den style competition to design apps that solve real-world problems. The Highlands and Islands ‘Apps for Good' final took place today where schools from across the region pitched their products via live videos to a panel of judges based at UHI’s executive office in Inverness.
Thirty-eight businesses across the Highlands, islands and Cairngorms National Park area have been shortlisted for the area's most prestigious food and drink awards. Finalists ranged from new businesses to established producers; family-run restaurants to Michelin-starred establishments and demonstrated the strength and diversity of food and drink businesses across the region.
Social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands are helping Scotland tackle social issues, promote equality and achieve economic growth, a major summit on the sector heard today (Wednesday 10 June). Social enterprises trade like any other business, but at their heart they have a social purpose; trading for social, community and environmental benefits and reinvesting their profits to deliver their social purpose.
Communities living on Scottish Government-owned crofting estates are being offered assistance to investigate buying their own land, in a support package announced today (Friday 22 May). Dr Aileen McLeod, Scotland's Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform announced the support while addressing the Community Land Scotland annual conference in Inverness.
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