The North East Business Growth Programme is part of a large £3.5m initiative called TIGGOR (Technology, Innovation & Green Growth for Offshore Renewables).

TIGGOR is designed to boost supply chain growth and productivity in the North of Tyne and wider North East England region’s offshore wind and subsea sectors

Funded primarily by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), the programme is designed to boost supply chain growth and productivity in the region’s burgeoning offshore wind and subsea sectors, as well as encourage new market entrants from companies that currently do not operate in these industries.

TIGGOR is being run by ORE Catapult, which operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. Energy firms EDF Renewables, owner of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm, and Equinor, joint owner of Dogger Bank Wind Farm (located in the North Sea and set to be the largest in the world), are also part of in the programme.

You can find out more about the Technology Demonstration arm of the TIGGOR programme by visiting the ORE Catapult Website and Registering your interest.


Business Growth

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) will run The North East Business Growth Programme, which is funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), NTCA and the OWGP.

This will provide specialist innovation advice, market intelligence and business planning for organisations operating in the offshore energy sectors and those looking to enter the market. Access to the Wind Expert Support Toolkit (WEST) Fit 4 Offshore Renewables (F4OR) and Launch Academy will be provided as part of this support offering.

Companies in the North of Tyne area and across the North East Regions shown in the map are eligible for support through the North East Business Growth Programme.

Please note; The WEST and Fit4OR Programmes will be launched in 2020. Launch Academy will be launched in 2022.


Which Business Growth Programme is Right for You?

To help ensure you are eligible for the programme please follow the flow-chart below.

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To help guide you to the most appropriate style of business support for your company we have provided a side-by-side comparison below. If you’re still not sure – do reach out and get in touch with the team.

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Wind Expert Support Toolkit (WEST) Programme

The purpose of WEST is to provide companies with a short need-focused business improvement programme with access to specialist delivery partners and to attract cross-sector engagement enabling new entrants to join the sector.

WEST is a short entry point foundation activity that provides 2 – 5 days of expert consultancy support to companies distributed over a number of weeks. From start-ups to established supply chain companies in the sector and everything in-between, WEST can support your company to address your top business needs.

Key dates

  • Applications Open – Thursday 5th November 2020
  • Business Growth Online Briefing Event – Wednesday 25th November 2020 from 13:30 – 14:30 Register Here
  • Applications Close – Friday 18th December 2020 at 17:00
  • Applicants notified – January 2021

The Fit For Offshore Renewables Programme (F4OR)

F4OR is a unique service to help UK supply chain companies get ready to bid for work in the offshore renewable energy sector. The objective of the programme is to support the development of an increasingly competent, capable and competitive UK offshore renewable energy supply chain – maximising opportunity for the UK supply chain, both domestically and globally.

It works with capable, competent and competitive UK supply chain companies to support their entry and growth in the offshore renewable energy industry.  It uses a proven process which typically takes 12 to 18 months.

Key dates

  • Applications Open – Thursday 5th November 2020
  • Business Growth Online Briefing Event – Wednesday 25th November 2020 from 13:30 – 14:30 Register Here
  • Applications Close – Friday 18th December 2020 at 17:00
  • Applicants notified – January 2021