BVG Associates (BVGA) has been selected to continue working with Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands & Island Enterprise (HIE) on their Offshore Wind Expert Support programme.

The Offshore Wind Expert Support framework was developed by SE and HIE to help Scottish businesses succeed in the offshore wind sector. It offers targeted support to enable Scottish based companies to understand their potential role in the offshore wind sector and to identify opportunities for business growth.

Applicants will receive bespoke expert advice in areas such as market sizing, socio-economic modelling, business planning, market entry strategy development and technical due diligence.

Scotland is leading the world in floating offshore wind development and has helped the UK become a market leader in offshore wind in general. Scotland already boasts a strong, capable and dynamic offshore supply chain.

With seven major projects planned for the waters around Scotland, Scottish companies are ideally placed to make the most of the local, national and international business opportunities presented by the growth of the sector.

Alan Duncan of BVGA’s Scottish office said: It is important to us that Scottish suppliers do not miss the chance to build-up experience, skills and capacity in the offshore wind market.

"Ultimately, the purpose of our work is to maximise the economic benefit of this growing sector, helping create real, lasting jobs for Scotland."

BVGA has helped a large number of SMEs on this framework since 2011, many of whom have gone on to succeed and grow within the sector.

Under the support framework, eligible companies will be able to tap into BVGA’s experience within the offshore wind industry. BVGA will assess what a company has to offer the industry, identify the market opportunity for them, and advise them on the best way to approach the market. This helps them gain a competitive edge to enter or grow in offshore wind.

Scottish Enterprise currently has two events scheduled to launch the new phase of this programme. The first event is in Aberdeen on 25 May and the second is in Glasgow on 7 June. These can be booked via the events pages on the Scottish Enterprise website. Alan Duncan from BVGA will be available for one to one meetings at both of these events.