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  1. Stand can deliver boost to regional businesses

    October 16, 2019

    Businesses are following up a string of leads after successfully showcasing their services on an East of England Energy Zone stand in Amsterdam.

    The joint stand at the Offshore Energy exhibition and conference has been hailed a success by all involved.

    Nine exhibitors shared a prominent space at the two-day event which put them on the radar of thousands of visitors, delegates, businesses and developers from across the energy word.

    Feedback to the EEEZ was very positive, with all companies receiving interest which is now being chased up in the hope of turning it into business.

    The stand, as well as highlighting supply chain services, also sparked interest through hosting a programme of top speakers – and showed the strong teamwork stemming from a partnership of business and local authorities.

    Simon Gray, from key EEEZ partner the East of England Energy Group, said: “Our stand received high footfall not only due to the high calibre of exhibitors but also due to an excellent array of speakers including Aker solutions, James Fisher Marine Services, Shell, The Oil & Gas Authority, The Southern North Sea Energy Alliance, GE Renewables and two presentations from Equinor.

    “Both EEEGR and EEEZ would like to thank all the speakers, exhibitors and visitors to the stand for their support and tremendous feedback that we have received.”

    The EEEZ is looking to do further trade delegations in the UK and Europe. To register an interest in joining future stands email info@theenergyzone.co.uk and ask to be alerted about future stands.

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  2. Norfolk firm launches international arm at major Amsterdam energy event

    October 2, 2019

    A Norfolk firm which has helped hundreds of companies launch and grow is heading to Amsterdam to expand and export its services

    Hethel International will be launching at the major Offshore Energy event in Amsterdam on October 8-9 as it bids to develop and manage business incubators in Europe, and ultimately elsewhere in the world.

    The company is one of nine sharing a stand – number 1.230 – hosted by the East of England Energy Zone which is supporting its initiative to find new markets overseas.

    Hethel International is a spin-off from Hethel Innovation, formed in 2012 by Norfolk County Council to incubate and support local business, mainly SMEs and start-ups. It has grown from three employees to 21, assisted 500 ventures and helped create more than 1500 highly skilled jobs.

    General manager Alice Reeve said: “Our immediate plans are to begin forming working relationships with businesses outside of the UK and replicate the support we offer locally in East Anglia. Longer term, we are looking to develop and manage business incubators across the globe, starting with Europe!

    “Building on the foundations we have crafted in East Anglia, Hethel International is ready to become a market leader in innovation support.”

    See more about Hethel International on our case studies page.

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  3. Amsterdam opportunity to flag up services and rebranding

    September 25, 2019

    An expanding East Anglian technology company is showcasing its services – and new name – at a major international event in Amsterdam.

    Nesspoint specialises in communication, tracking and monitoring solutions for offshore renewables – particularly wind farms – as well as ports, harbours and defence.

    Nesspoint’s maritime coordination centre at Lowestoft. Pic credit Nesspoint.

    The company, formerly Vissim Renewables, recently rebranded to Nesspoint, taking its name from its location at the UK’s most easterly landfall in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

    It is sharing a display place on the East of England Energy Zone’s stand at Offshore Energy in Amsterdam on October 8-9, which attracts 12,000 visitors, 550 stand holders and 1,000 delegates.

    The EEEZ stand features 10 exhibitors, who share a prominent space, presentation area, marketing support, expert export advice, and introductions to potential overseas clients and markets.

    Nesspoint will be featuring services ranging from maritime surveillance, vessel management, personal location and work permits to communications including Digital Mobile Radio, where it is partnered with Motorola.

    Senior sales engineer Lee Cheung said: “A key focus for us is to raise awareness of our new branding – and our expanding range of services in a growing number of sectors.

    “We have been to events like this previously as Vissim Renewables, but this is the first time we have participated in a shared stand and plan to schedule many customer meetings to demonstrate our new services. We are looking forward to meeting existing clients as well potential new ones.”

    Nesspoint already works with major energy companies such as EDF, Scottish and Southern Energy, Equinor and Innogy. It has also provided support for major offshore windfarms including SSE’s Beatrice off Scotland and Iberdrola’s Wikinger off Germany.

    The company has a new maritime coordination centre at the OrbisEnergy complex at Lowestoft, which will be used for training as well as offering Marine Coordination as a service. It also has a secure “private cloud” data centre in the UK.

    The company, which has grown over the past five years, is also involved with R&D renewables projects, and works in other sectors including ports and harbours, oil and gas and defence.

    Mr Cheung said the company was an solutions integrator which prided itself on scouring the marketplace to ensure “we pick what is technically best for the client.“

    If you think the Energy Zone could help your company contact Roberta Willner on 01603 222710 Roberta.willner@norfolk.go.uk or Michael Cousins 01603 222731 Michael.Cousens@norfolk.gov.uk

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