The South East CORE

Centres for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE) are partnerships between central and local government and local enterprise partnerships.

They are areas designated as being the most suitable to meet the needs of the offshore wind industry and where businesses looking to invest in manufacturing for offshore renewables will receive the most comprehensive support possible. Government has identified six locations in England, including the South East, which are the focus of investment enquiries from renewable manufacturing businesses.

 

All these areas offer:

  • The right infrastructure and logistics for offshore wind manufacturing
  • Large amounts of available land for development including deep water access
  • Easy access to offshore wind development areas
  • Access to a skilled workforce
  • Experienced local supply chain
  • Extensive business support to assist with land and premises, skills and grant funding opportunities
  • Committed local leadership

In addition, some of these areas benefit from:

  • Enterprise Zones with Enhanced Capital Allowances and Business Rate tax relief
  • Assisted Area status
  • Regional Growth Fund schemes
  • Growing Places Fund

South East CORE

The South East CORE combines proximity to major offshore renewable developments with deep water ports, available land and a strategic location.

The area covered by the CORE offers some of the best coastal and deepwater development sites for offshore wind manufacturers and a prime location to base the supply chain and logistical support needed to support the growth of offshore renewable energy around the UK coastline. Key ports include the Port of Sheerness, London Thamesport and Harwich International. Sheerness is a location that has already attracted the interest of turbine manufacturers and has the benefit of planning consent for the development of an integrated turbine manufacturing and assembly plant.

The CORE ports have played a key role in supporting the construction of projects in the Greater Thames Estuary development area including the London Array, Thanet Offshore, Greater Gabbard, Gunfleet Sands and the Kentish Flats offshore wind farms. Ports such as Ramsgate, Harwich Navyard, Brightlingsea and Whistable have become important centres for operations and maintenance bases and related services. Further locations like Sittingbourne and Medway are the home to supply chain businesses, R&D and training facilities.

To learn more about the COREs and in particular the South East CORE a national brochure is available to download - click here.

For more information and to discuss opportunities in Kent please contact Peter Symons, Director of Business Development at Locate in Kent - tel: 07810 480591 email: peters@locateinkent.com

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