An energetic week for Horizon Works!


An energetic week for Horizon Works!

15th November 2022

Selfie boards, prize draws, new connections and old friends… the Horizon Works team had a fantastic week at Offshore Wind North East (OWNE) organised by NOF from 8-10 November 2022!

Horizon Works is a corporate sponsor of NOF, a not for profit organisation which helps to make connections between businesses in the global energy sector.

We were delighted to be the Networking and Drinks Reception Sponsor at the NOF Offshore Wind North East Networking Dinner at Hardwick Hall Hotel in County Durham on November 8, and were proud to be the Floorplan Sponsor of OWNE, a flagship event for the offshore wind sector which attracted hundreds of delegates and exhibitors.

The Networking Dinner was a hugely enjoyable evening: our team got busy networking and many guests took the opportunity to ‘get social’ and have their photos taken with our OWNE themed selfie boards!

We also held a prize draw at the networking dinner, with a range of luxury wine and Champagne hampers and gift boxes from Fortnum & Mason up for grabs. Steve Myers of North Star Renewables won the first prize, while second prize went to Tom Speedie of the ORE Catapult and third prize went to Zoë Keeton OBE of RWE.

It was an early start the next day for the OWNE event itself, which was held at the Beacon of Light in Sunderland and ran over two days.

We were very proud to be the Floorplan Sponsor of OWNE and delegates flocked to our stand to meet the team and have the chance of winning a Lego Creator Vestas Wind Turbine – James Bright from JK Lifting Equipment was delighted to claim the prize after Paul Livingstone, Head of Membership of NOF, had drawn the winning card!

OWNE’s two-day programme included speakers and presentations from across the offshore wind industry and was a real opportunity to gain up-to-the-minute intelligence on the opportunities offered by the growth of the offshore wind industry in both North East England and around the world.

Discussions on the evolution of floating offshore wind, Dogger Bank Wind Farm, Hornsea 3 offshore wind farm, the skills shortage in offshore wind and developments at Port of Blyth and Energi Central (close to Horizon Works’ office in Northumberland) were particularly insightful for our team.

And at OWNE, it was announced that Port of Blyth had been selected by Van Oord Offshore Wind UK Limited as the location for the storage and mobilisation of inter-array cable for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm.

The Rt Hon Charles Hendry CBE, former Minister of Energy, closed OWNE with a stirring speech which addressed the businesses attending OWNE as ‘pioneers’ who were ‘pushing the boundaries of what is possible’.

Samantha Vassallo, Managing Director of Horizon Works, said: “As a company embedded into the energy, manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, we are proud to support NOF through our position as Corporate Sponsor and through our involvement with events such as Offshore Wind North East.

“It was fantastic to meet so many business contacts and clients at the networking dinner and OWNE itself, to have the chance to make new connections, and to gain valuable insight from offshore wind developers, supply chain companies and industry experts.

“We’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the NOF team for their hard work in delivering these events. There was a tremendous sense of energy across the week and OWNE proved once again that it is a focal point and business development fulcrum for the offshore wind industry.

“We are already looking forward to next year!”

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