Scottish Engineering is delighted to have been awarded the position of project manager for the Forth and Tay Offshore (FTO) cluster, promoting and supporting the growth of the offshore wind supply chain on the East of Scotland.

The Forth and Tay Region cluster was established in 2019 and is home to a number of major offshore wind developments as well as a significant infrastructure base. With the support and leadership from developers and local organisations the cluster has already built a strong and diverse membership base and made solid progress in raising awareness and creating access to supply chain opportunities.

Scottish Engineering, newly appointed as cluster manager, aims to build on the positive progress to date by working with the key stakeholders to deliver a range of activities designed to raise awareness of the market opportunity for local businesses, and stimulate innovation and collaboration. Our primary focus will be on supporting the major offshore renewable projects and associated infrastructure developments in the Forth and Tay coastal areas, aiming to secure local supply chain content and create employment opportunities in the region. We will also look at wider offshore opportunities in the drive towards a stronger, internationally competitive Scottish offshore wind supply chain, helping to support the development of a net zero economy.

Paul Sheerin, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering said: “We are really looking forward to working closely with our partners in the FTO cluster project and its members. A significant proportion of our Scottish Engineering membership is SME based and so we are very familiar with the support and needs of SMEs. We also have experience in delivering other cluster projects; the rail cluster project and the net zero skills project both of which are focused on the key climate change agenda driven by the Scottish and UK Governments. The Forth and Tay Offshore cluster project is a fantastic opportunity to broaden our market sector support with renewable energy being a key factor in achieving the ambitious climate change targets we support.”

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