MAS appoints expert to help SMEs share in offshore wind bonanza

mas KirsopTaylorThe government-funded Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has announced the appointment of Nick Kirsop-Taylor as the Supply Chain Specialist for the recently launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service, which has been created to ensure that English manufacturers grasp their fair share of the opportunities presented by the UK’s offshore wind market.

Kirsop-Taylor will help support companies that want to break into or win more contracts in a sector that is estimated to be worth more than £100bn over the next 20 years.

MAS says that with close to 3,000 components needed to build a wind turbine, there are numerous opportunities for smaller manufacturers to supply the offshore wind market with components such as hydraulic parts, bearings, steel fabrication, cabling, electrical systems and composites.

“I am committed to helping English companies understand the scale and opportunities presented by the dynamic and fast developing global offshore wind industry,” said Kirsop-Taylor. “The UK has the capacity to become a major world player as we have the drive and technical capability. My role will be to help our manufacturers seize the chance to play their part in fulfilling this potential.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2013


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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