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Supply chain a vital link in energy sector

By Calum MacLeod

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Supply chain and service companies can enter for the award.
Supply chain and service companies can enter for the award.

MAINTAINING the Highlands and Islands’ world-leading position in the green energy revolution is a challenge that requires the contribution of several hundred businesses across the region.

From transport and logistics specialists to civil engineers, lawyers, environmental consultants and civil engineers, the pioneering developments taking place off and onshore in renewable energy depend on a wide range of skills and experience.

In turn, this vibrant, knowledgeable supply chain helps grow jobs and the economy of the area.

It is those businesses that the best supply chain/service award at the second Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards this April is designed to honour.

Eligibility is not limited to particular supplies or services, so any business from any part of the supply chain is free to enter, whether they provide financial or legal services, move heavy equipment, or provide technical support. Just as long as they can demonstrate to the judges outstanding service to their customers and the community.

The category is again being supported by the Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF).

Stuart MacDonald Butler, marketing and public relations manager at PoCF, said: “As a national strategic asset and key site for the renewable energy industry, Port of Cromarty Firth is proud to support the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards 2020.

“Once again the port has chosen to sponsor the best supply chain/service company award, recognising the invaluable contribution which an experienced and quality supply chain has in attracting major projects to the region.

“The ongoing success of the Highlands and Islands supply chain has placed the region at the forefront of developments within the renewable energy industry.”

The second Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, organised by Highland News and Media and supported by leading independent law firm Harper Macleod, takes place at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, on Thursday, April 30.

The deadline for submitting a completed entry is Saturday, March 28, and entries should show how the services or operation has made an significant contribution to the projects it has supported.

To find out more or to enter, visit hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day

Tickets for the three-course awards dinner can also be purchased at the same site.

The Kingsmills Hotel is also the venue for Harper Macleod’s 11th annual Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which takes place earlier in the day ahead of the black-tie awards dinner.

SHREC 2020 will tackle the theme of climate change and take a wider look at the environmental and economic benefits that renewable energy brings to the north of Scotland.

For tickets for SHREC 2020, call 01463 796666 or visit www.harpermacleod.co.uk/events

The conference is free to attend, but spaces are limited and must be reserved in advance to guarantee entry.

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