Offshore wind expert support programme


Is your company interested in the multi-billion pound offshore wind and renewables opportunity?

With multiple projects planned and under construction for the waters around Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe, Scottish companies are ideally placed to take advantage of these local, national and international opportunities presented by the growth of the sector. Europe is currently at the forefront of offshore wind development, accounting for over 92% of global offshore wind deployment to date. The region is forecast to build up to 27GW of offshore wind by the end of the decade, worth an estimated £60 billion in capital and operational expenditure over the next five years.

Our offshore wind expert support programme comes in two phases.

The first phase offers two fully funded days of one-to-one expert advice and guidance on diversifying your business into the offshore wind sector.

The support can be used to review your existing capabilities and how these could add value to the offshore wind sector or to evaluate a novel technology or service idea that requires some early stage due diligence.

If the first phase of support highlights opportunities for your company but you require further support in making the leap, we will fund 50% of the costs of a further four days of support on making the transition.

What's involved?

Offshore wind expert support comes in two phases and covers two areas:

  • Phase one offers 100% funded (FREE) two day support
  • Phase two offers 50% funded support for up to four days, allowing for more in-depth look at the company and the requirements

Both phases cover both market analysis and technical due diligence support.

Market analysis is delivered by an expert consultant in this area. This support covers:

  • Company’s current capabilities (e.g. skills, processes) and its potential in relation to current offshore wind opportunities
  • Suitability of a specific product to the sector
  • Market/supply chain positioning

Technical due diligence is delivered by expert consultants in this topic. This includes:

  • The level of technical innovation and the impact of the project, comparison of technologies, site operations etc
  • The technical risks and challenges of the project
  • The commercial potential, market need and exploitation route including review of project costs, marketing strategy, demand drivers, legal issues
  • The positive and/or negative impact of the project on the environment and risks and opportunities

How to apply

Applications for our offshore wind expert support programme are reviewed on individual merit. To get the process started contact your Highlands and Islands Enterprise Account Manager directly, your Business Gateway Advisor, or email brief details about your company and project to:  


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