Inn2POWER (Innovation to Push Offshore Wind Energy Regions)

Value of EU Grant - £186,000

Name of funding programme - North Sea Region Programme 2014-2020

Start and end dates - November 2016 to October 2020

Inn2POWER will support Kent based companies in the offshore wind sector with internationalisation and market entry in mainland Europe. The project will formally link Kent’s offshore wind sector to various European offshore wind clusters.

  • POM West-Vlaanderen (Regional Development Agency West Flanders - POM) - (Belgium)
  • Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende (Autonomous Municipal Enterprise Port of Oostende) - (Belgium)
  • Hochschule Bremerhaven (University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven - HSBHV) - (Germany)
  • National Innovation Center / Erhvervsakademi Sydvest (National Innovation Centre / Business Academy Southwest - NIC) - (Denmark)
  • WAB e.V. (WAB e.V. - WAB) - (Germany)
  • Offshoreenergy (Fonden Offshore Center Danmark) (, OEDK) - (Denmark)
  • Nautlius Consulting Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Provincie Groningen (Province of Groningen, Provincie Groningen) - (Netherlands)
  • Flanders’ Maritime Cluster (Flanders’ Maritime Cluster - FMC) - (Belgium)
  • Noordelijke Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (Northern development Institute - NOM) - (Netherlands)

  • Assessing barriers to exporting in Kent
  • Examining the effectiveness of current policies and programmes supporting businesses
  • Identifying innovative business support programmes from partner regions
  • Adopting new support programmes in Kent to help tackle barriers to international trade and boost Kent’s export levels

  • Report produced identifying barriers to international trade faced by Kent firms
  • Recommendations developed for tackling barriers to exporting
  • New business support initiatives implemented based on innovative solutions in partner regions
  • Companies in Kent better equipped to do business internationally

  • Up to date information made available about barriers to international trade among Kent firms which highlights gaps in the business support landscape
  • An opportunity to test new approaches to help local companies grow internationally
  • Improved business support services in Kent
  • Formal reciprocal trade links established to facilitate market entry for Kent firms as well as inward investment