Maximising business opportunities for the Scottish offshore wind supply chain.

An industry association is calling on businesses within the Scottish offshore wind supply chain to support its efforts to accelerate national competitiveness, improve skills and create employment opportunities.

The large-scale development of offshore wind represents the biggest opportunity for sustainable economic growth in Scotland for a generation. In response to this the Offshore Wind Industry Group (OWIG) was established in early 2009, to ensure Scotland fully capitalised on this undoubted potential.  

Working collaboratively to establish “one common voice” for industry which will tackle barriers and industry-wide challenges, the Scottish Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum (SOWSCF) was established to operate as part of OWIG and find a collective way forward.

The forum is chaired by John Best, special projects at James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), who brings 11 years’ experience of forming and running a successful industry association, East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), to the group. While Alan Duncan, managing director of Scotia Supply Chain, who coordinated and instrumental in the success of the Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Coalition (NnG) sits on the forum as vice chair.

The SOWSCF presents an ideal platform for the Scottish supply chain to interact and, as a result, improve communication and collaboration between companies in a country that has a phenomenal clean energy resource and is well-positioned to be a global powerhouse of renewable energy.

However, the SOWSCF understands that it cannot be successful without the direct input of the supply chain. As part of its drive, the forum wants to engage with as many organisations as possible to identify priorities, actions and solutions for 2018/19 and beyond.

John Best, Chair of SOWSCF, said:

“The SOWSCF survey, launched at All-Energy 2018, has been developed by a broad cross-section of the industry and will help to provide a baseline for forward action. The forum is designed to operate as an industry Special Interest Group (SIG) and will work collaboratively with membership organisations and agencies alike to deliver our mission of developing sustainable business through a common voice.”

If you represent a business in or who works with the Scottish supply chain and have a moment to share your knowledge and expertise, please visit www.offshorewindscotland.org.uk/ for more information and to complete the survey.

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