International energy sector
trade mission opportunities for North West businesses to fuel the Northern
North West businesses operating in the oil and gas sector supply chain can
boost their export opportunities as part of a Northern Powerhouse
initiative led by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).
Working with specialist energy sector business
development organisation, NOF Energy, UKTI has organised a series of
trade missions to international markets that hold significant
opportunities for UK companies. Taking place between the end of
September 2015 and March 2016, the visits will take in Mexico and
Colombia, Brazil, Singapore and Western Australia; all markets with
established and growing energy sectors that are keen to engage with UK
suppliers. The initiative has been introduced to highlight the
innovations, technologies and services of businesses in the Northern
Powerhouse regions by supporting 1st time exporters and new to market
enterprises. It will also emphasise the value of the North of England
supply chain to the global market and, in turn, the economic benefit the
sector brings to the UK economy. To support the export ambitions of
companies in the Northern Powerhouse regions, the initiative has secured
funding to help companies cover travel costs. During the visits delegates will have the chance to meet
potential clients and attend high level receptions with local VIPs from
the energy sector. The delegation will also take part in site visits to
local industry and attend specially organised networking receptions.
an experienced international trade
team from NOF Energy, the trade missions provide the opportunity to gain
a 1st hand understanding of the current market opportunities and
establish potentially mutually beneficial business relationships.
NOF Energy, which is the UK business development
organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors, has
organised and delivered international energy sector market visits for
The organisation, which represents almost 500 companies
and has a robust network of UK and international contacts at all levels
of the supply chain community, has helped companies secure exports worth
more than £100 million as a result of taking part in its international
David Coppock Regional Director of UKTI, said:-
"Within the Northern Powerhouse regions are innovative companies that
have developed technology led solutions that will be in demand from the
international market. Therefore, by utilising the strengths of the
Northern Powerhouse, we can help fuel our economy by increased exports
to industries such as oil and gas. This initiative will help businesses
focus on a number of key markets where, with the support of UKTI and NOF
Energy, they will have the opportunity to potentially instigate new
George Rafferty, Chief Executive of NOF Energy, said:-
"From decades of developing technology-led solutions that have been
applied in deep water and harsh environments, the UK's oil and gas
supply chain is seen as the gold standard across the globe. The North
of England supply chain is particularly strong and can support the
ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse with its export led activities.
The markets we are targeting have active oil and gas sectors keen to
engage with UK businesses. This Northern Powerhouse initiative will
companies, with innovative products and services that can be applied to
the industry, establish new relationships that can deliver new export
For more information visit NOF Energy vat:-
The Atkinson is Awarded
£25,000 to Inspire Children with Disabilities
THE Atkinson is expanding its
award-winning work with arts and health, with 2 new projects that inspire
and engage children and young people with autism and ADHD. The Atkinson has
been awarded funding for this important work by the charity Children and The
Arts, which runs the Start programme, and from Merseyside Arts in Health
£20,000 funding from the Start programme means
that The Atkinson will work with three local special education schools
throughout the next academic year. The three schools who will benefit from
the project are Crosby High School, Presfield High School and Rowan Park
Teaching School. The funding will mean that every pupil within the three
schools will visit The Atkinson, Sefton's new home for arts, heritage,
literature, music, comedy and more, at least twice across the year. Start is
aimed at supporting young people to access their local cultural venue and
offers them the opportunity to take part in high quality arts activities.
Alongside this, The Atkinson will be hosting for the first time Break the
Boredom an innovative programme for children and young people with ADHD, and
giving them the opportunity to work with highly creative and inventive
artists, and helping to raise their confidence and self esteem and improve
their wellbeing through the arts.
The venue run and managed by Sefton Council has now seen over million
visitors through its doors since it opened in 2013.
Emma Anderson, Director said:- "This
funding offers fantastic opportunities for the children in these schools.
The Atkinson is already a fully accessible venue for all its events,
exhibitions and activities but this money will mean that we are able to
provide additional activities, resources and services for our local special
school children that would not be possible otherwise."
This is an ambitious project and will require the input of every member of
staff within The Atkinson; but it will also make a genuine difference to the
lives of young people involved.
Start is 1 of the many projects being run by The Prince's Foundation for
Children and the Arts. The money will mean support for the teachers in
bringing the pupils to the venue and experiencing a theatre production.
It will help to develop new resources
specifically for children with special educational needs and provide
training for The Atkinson staff to make sure their visit is 1 to remember.
Children and the Arts engages with disadvantaged children nationwide who do
not have access to high quality arts activity because of either social or
Through a network of partners they use the arts
as a platform to inspire and enable personal and social development amongst
those who are hardest to reach. Through our work children learn that
cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to visit.
They are the only national educational charity committed to ensuring that
all children in the UK are inspired by the arts.
For more information about The Atkinson's programme and the work it does
TheAtkinson.Co.UK. For more information
on Start funding please visit:-
Are you going to the Formby
RBL Fun Quiz?
THOSE who are looking for a fun night out
should come to John Nelson's Fun Quiz, on Wednesday, 16 September 2015, at
Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane at 7:30pm prompt. Tickets cost £5 and
there will be a raffle and auction, all proceeds to go to Formby Royal
British Legion Branch Funds, which funds Remembrance in Formby, Altcar, Ince
Blundell and Hightown. People are asked to bring their own drinks and
glasses. Tickets are available from the Luncheon Club or Formby Hardware or
by ringing:- 01704 871927. Those who have not been to one of John Nelson's
Nights before are in for a treat, please come prepared to enjoy yourselves!