1. 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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  2. 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 or Michael Cousins 01603 222731

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  3. Offshore wind farm

    Crown Estate offers up 7GW through Round 4

    September 19, 2019

    The Crown Estate has today (19 September 2019) officially launched Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4, opening up the potential for at least 7 GW of new seabed rights for offshore wind development in the waters around England and Wales. With the potential to meet the electricity needs of over six million homes, Round 4’s launch follows over 18 months of engagement with the market and stakeholders. (more…)

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