Partnership with Renewables Network to benefit SMEs

15th May 2014 5:07pm - Return to press releases

East Riding College’s Energy Technology Centre can today announce its partnership with Renewables Network, one of the leading organisations working in the energy sector in the region.
The aim of the partnership is to link small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with the part and fully-funded business support services offered by the Energy Technology Centre (ETC).
The ETC provides facilities for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), corporate support services and links to training across a range of business, energy and environmental services.
These include consultancy services in areas such as tendering, sustainability and equality and diversity, all of which are crucial to winning business from major corporations.

ETC manager Richard Webster (pictured, centre) said: “We are really pleased to partner with Renewables Network as the key for us is being able to access SMEs in our region. 
“As a result of securing significant European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) monies we are able to deliver quality support to regional SMEs and we want to take advantage of this by offering something unique.”
He added: “The ETC we will be able to provide fully and part-funded support for SMEs who need to become ‘tender ready’ and improve their energy efficiency.  
“Along with this we will have a focus on energy in the agriculture sector and advising farmers and businesses on how they can reduce their energy bills.” 

Sam Pick (pictured, right), business development director of the Renewables Network, said: “Regional SMEs recognise the growth in the energy sector in our region and are keen to win their place on the supply chain.  
“However, for many of our small businesses this is a real challenge as they contend with the procurement policies of major multi-nationals.”
He added: “We will offer practical business support but will also seek to further regional businesses’ understanding of the energy sector and how events on the ground here in Hull and East Riding are influenced and affected by global market change. 
“We will not simply be talking about offshore wind but really looking at other new methods of producing energy and increasing energy efficiency.  Our focus with be on energy value rather than just green.”

Support and services offered by the ETC include: 

  • Tendering support
  • Energy efficiency projects and reports
  • Environmental audits (including thermal imaging surveys)
  • Environmental and sustainability strategies
  • Knowledge transfer events (including technology workshops and seminars)
  • Sharing best practice

The ETC building will be an element of East Riding College’s new Beverley campus, which will form part of the Flemingate redevelopment project and which is planned for a September 2015 opening.
It will offer a unique conference and business location in Beverley, with facilities including an 80-seat conference facility and self-contained office space.
A showcase of energy technology solutions will also be available to provide knowledge transfer for companies seeking to improve energy efficiencies in the workplace.
In the meantime, the ETC project will be offering its range of services from the College’s existing sites in Beverley, Bridlington, Carnaby and Hull, with teams going out to businesses across the region.

A launch event is to be held at the Tickton Grange Hotel, near Beverley, on Thursday, June 19, at 10.30am, featuring a range of speakers from the energy sector.
The event will be a chance for SMEs in the region to find out how they can benefit from opportunities associated with the growth in the sector and to network with others who have the same objectives.
Businesses which would like to attend the ETC launch event can register at, email [email protected] or call Richard Webster 01262 455026. More information about the ETC can be found at


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For more information about this press release, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 390720 or email [email protected]