New and early-stage food and drink businesses are being encouraged to accelerate their growth by applying for a sector-specific business growth programme (BGP) developed for North East Scotland’s food and drink industry.
Private sector leadership and delivery secures industry and partner backing for diversification
Opportunity North East (ONE) is three years old this month and is celebrating significant progress and success in bringing private sector leadership and fast paced delivery to economic diversification across the North East of Scotland.
ONE’s work has seen millions of pounds invested in business growth activity and transformational projects. ONE has engaged with more than 500 companies, its approved project funding of £13.8m has secured match funding of £30.6m, it secured £210m of City Region Deal capital funding for innovation hubs for oil and gas, life sciences and the food and drink sectors and is developing a tech hub for digital businesses, and has more than 15 active partnerships co-delivering economic development activity across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
A £40m investment project is set to deliver an innovation hub to double the number of life sciences companies in North East Scotland and support the national ambitions for the sector to collaborate, innovate and commercialise the next generation of therapies and healthcare solutions.
The Bio-therapeutics Hub for Innovation in Aberdeen will be a focal point for sector ambition and growth and has secured £20m of capital funding from the UK and Scottish Governments through the Aberdeen City Region Deal (CRD), a partnership between Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils and private sector led economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE).
ONE, which has led the development of the project with partners, has committed an additional £3.6m of its own funding over seven years to operate the hub and deliver the bespoke support activity that will make Aberdeen one of the most dynamic environments to create and grow life sciences businesses. The project supports the goals of regional economic diversification, growing the Scottish sector to £8bn turnover by 2025, and creating a globally-unique and internationally competitive life sciences ecosystem in the UK with collaboration across industry, the NHS, academia and research funders delivering health and wealth.
A £1.5million investment is underway to create a dedicated tech hub for digital and entrepreneurship activity in Aberdeen city centre, led by private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) in partnership with the UK’s leading digital tech incubator CodeBase and Robert Gordon University (RGU).
The project is part of the action and investment to develop a vibrant digital company cluster in the North East as part of the regional renaissance strategy for long-term economic diversification.
Robert Gordon University (RGU) is launching a unique programme to support businesses within the energy sector to accelerate their growth.
Fit4Energy (F4E) is a suite of practical courses which have been created to help companies successfully plan and implement growth and has been developed with support from the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE).
ONE CodeBase has appointed a senior tech executive to support digital company incubation and growth in the North East of Scotland.
Michael Boniface has joined the Aberdeen-based partnership between private sector economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE) and the UK’s leading tech incubator CodeBase, as head of ONE CodeBase.
The achievements of the entrepreneurial food and drink community, spanning large and small companies, are set to be celebrated with the launch of the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards 2019.
Tuesday 30 October 2018, 3.45-6.30pm
Jury’s Inn, Argyll Road, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0AF
The adoption of digital technologies could unlock £56bn for the food and drink manufacturing industry, according to the UK industry-led Made Smarter Review in 2017.
This event is an opportunity for North East food and drink producers to explore technology, digital transformation and the potential impact on business performance and productivity.
Five international market specialists are to be appointed to support Scottish companies to maximise export opportunities in the energy supply chain.
The collaborative project, funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International (SDI) and Opportunity North East (ONE), will see the appointment of five new energy specialists in markets identified as having significant growth opportunities.
The UK civil nuclear market presents significant opportunities for diversification for companies in the oil, gas and energy supply chain.
Nuclear decommissioning alone is a growth industry. The UK spends £2-3bn per annum on nuclear decommissioning activities. Since 2010, more than £150m per year has been spent on decommissioning works at the Dounreay site in Scotland. The sector is committed to procurement from SMEs as part its contracting strategy.