This edition of Business Planet travels to Edinburgh in Scotland to discover a Enterprise Europe Network success story.
The EEN is an organization that helps small and medium-sized companies develop.
Jane Watters is from Scottish Enterprise, and is in charge of Enterprise Europe Network here.
“I see the real strength of Enterprise Europe Network as being a network of networks with strong connections and understanding into how local business support actually works, as well as the business community. My role is very much about knowing the stakeholders in my region and in my country that can help companies that we are working with,” says this veteran network advisor. “So, if we are working with a company which has a particular technical need, we can help it find a solution which fits its needs through our networks.”
One company right here in Scotland has taken off with that extra EEN boost.
The waters around the Shetland Islands are never still, and are a potentially huge energy source. Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation is a small company producing tidal energy turbines. Nova’s cutting-edge devices successfully generate clean energy from the natural cycle of sea tides. The EEN’s enhanced networking capabilities and focused knowledge of available EU funds helped this Scottish SME to conquer a significant share of the renewable resources market. Nova is a finalist at this year’s Enterprise Europe Network awards.