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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 1 April, 1991
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
over 30
Regions: 
South Western Scotland
Other Label: 
Investors in People, Sunday Times Best Companies List 2016
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Vanguard Initiative
ERRIN
EURADA
Ocean Energy Europe
WindEurope
Scottish Renewables
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Scottish Energy Association
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Jan
Reid
Cluster Manager
+44 1563 545102
Jan.Reid@scotent.co.uk
Jonathan
Leucci
Cluster Manager
+44 141 242 8427
Jonathan.Leucci@scotent.co.uk
Martin
Fidler
Cluster Manager
+44 1224 25 2020
Martin.Fidler@scotent.co.uk
Charles
Abbott
ECCP Responsible Person
+32 2282 8302
Charles.Abbott@scotent.co.uk
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Italian
Norwegian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Energy management
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Blue renewable energy
Offshore mining, oil & gas
Emerging industries: 
Bio-pharmaceuticals
Blue Growth Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Energy production and distribution from ocean energy sources (as detailed on the EYE@RIS3 Platform: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/ukm?s3pv=1)
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
500
Number of SME members: 
400
Number of larger company members: 
100
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
34
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Wood Group
Larger Company
SSE
Larger Company
Atlantis Resources
Larger Company
Scottish Power Renewables
Larger Company
Oil and Gas Innovation Centre
Technology Center
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Technology Center
European Marine Energy Centre
Technology Center
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main enterprise, investment and innovation agency, delivering a wide range of services to support business development, research, innovation and investment, particularly focused on SMEs. The role of SE is to support companies to achieve their potential, improve performance, create jobs, raise income and help put Scotland on a new, higher growth path.

SE's Energy Sector Team works closely a large number of larger companies and SMEs in Scotland - along with research institutions and univerisities -  to support the development of the energy sector and the transition to a sustainable energy economy. This is primarily undertaken through working closely with companies to providie access to SE's main products and services.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Working alongside other enterprise and funding agencies in Scotland, Scottish Enterprise provides a range of support services for businesses investing in energy projects. A key aspect of this is operationalising smart specialisation strategies (RIS/S3) via innovation and supply-chain development projects, and SE works closely with SMEs and larger companies in the energy sector to develop Scottish supply-chain capacity.

A key support function of SE's Energy Team to SMEs is to increase and build the knowledge around sources of funding and financing in the SE region. This includes facilitating the availability of different kinds of funds for small firms, in different stages of development/innovation; especially in the innovation phases before start-up/commercialisation.

SE also supports companies to increase their involvement in key sectors of the Scottish economy, and provides tailored support to energy-related comapnies to access transational and international supply chains. Scottish Enterprise is a key partner in the Vanguard Initiative (VI) for New Growth through Smart Specialistion, and is a co-leader of the VI ADMA Energy Pilot.  

    SE's specific support services include:

    • Investment support programmes across energy sub-sectors
    • Support to companies wishing to access the energy supply chain (in heat, marine, offhore wind and oil and gas)
    • Management of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF), which provides financial assistance to projects which generate energy from a renewable source, reduce the cost of renewable energy or provide key solutions for renewable energy generation
    • Expert advice and innovation support services to oil and gas companies in Scotland, including leadership training for business owners
    • Through the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, SE plays a vital role in helping manufacturers in Scotland to achieve success in an increasingly competitive global economy
    • Direct support to businesses applying to EU funding, through the in-house specialist services of the Scottish European Green Energy Centre - expert advisors on energy-related European applications.
    Cooperation Activities
    International Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Australia
    Canada
    China
    Japan
    United States
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
    Trans-national Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Denmark
    France
    Germany
    Ireland
    Spain
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
    Support to collaborative activities/etc.
    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    Oy Merinova Ab (Europe)
    Basque Energy Cluster (Cluster de Energía) (Europe)
    Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster (Europe)
    Swedish Maritime Technology Forum (Europe)
    ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CONSORTIUM OF ASTURIAS (CONSORCIO TECNOLÓGICO DE LA ENERGÍA DE ASTURIAS, AIE) (Europe)
    MRIA (Europe)
    FORCE (Canada - outside Europe)
    JETRO (Japan - outside of Europe)
    CORFO (Chile - outside of Europe)
    AWATEA (New Zealand - outside of Europe)
    France Energies Marines (Europe)
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
    FP7
    H2020
    INTERREG

    MARINET

    OceanEnergy ERA-NET (FP7)

    OceanERA-NET Co-Fund (Horizon 2020)

    Smart Grids ERA-NET Plus

    European North Sea Energy Alliance (FP7)

    Northern Connections (INTERREG North Sea - this projects involves North Sea clusters' collaborating to build an international dimension into regional smart specialisation strategies and demonstrate the benefit of doing this with pilot projects)

    S34Growth

    Promotion
    Success Story / Achievements: 

    Scottish Enterprise has a proven track record providing a range of support services for companies active in the renewable energy sphere, as well as in Scotland's traditional oil and gas sector.

    A major recent success story has been the key role played by SE in supporting MeyGen - a groundbreaking tidal energy project has the potential to be a ‘game-changer’ for Scotland and for the global renewables industry. Through the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) the project has become a landmark project for the global marine energy sector.

    A further success has been SE's support for Glasgow-based firm Star Renewable Energy, who has won a contract to design and build a large scale heat pump system in the new town of Cranbrook, near Exeter. SE supported the company to develop the 'Neatpump' which will deliver community heat at 80C for half the carbon footprint of burning gas.

    Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

    Scottish Enterprise (SE) has 25 years' experience in supporting larger and small companies to engage in national and international supply chains. As one of the European front-runners in adopting a policy towards cluster support, SE has a long track record of working closely with major industry players across all aspects of the energy sector in Scotland. We count amongst our partners some of the primary test and demonstration sites for offshore energy solutions internationally. With long-established partnerships at the transnational and international level, excellent international links and close relations with Scotland's excellent university base - coupled with tailored business support for national and European funding schemes in the energy area - SE is the perfect European partner to work with on cluster internationalisation.