The Bridgwater based Somerset Energy Innovation Centre celebrates its first full year of operation this month.
The state of the art Centre was commissioned and funded by Somerset County Council, with additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Heart of the South West LEP Growth Deal funding.
More than just a building, it is now a bustling hive of activity hosting businesses working across the low carbon supply chain and delivering a busy programme of events and activities.
The team behind the Centre have also worked with over 60 local businesses in their first year, helping them develop the right skills and capabilities to bid for work at HPC and other low carbon opportunities.
SEIC’s Director, Ben Powis said: “We are delighted with the progress we have made this year, seeing an empty building transformed into a genuine hub for collaboration, fully occupied with a network of ambitious nuclear and low carbon companies.
“We have exciting plans for the year ahead, making more flexible desk space available and delivering a programme of events and workshops aimed at new suppliers to the nuclear sector.”
Steve Hindley CBE DL, Chair of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership said: “The Somerset Energy Innovation Centre is a flagship example of our early Growth Deal funded projects and is already reaping success, helping companies maximise on opportunities presented by Hinkley Point C.”