Eyemouth Harbour Trust has ‘put the town on the map’ as a renewable energy location by making a big marketing push over the past few months.
That’s the view of Borders MP Michael Moore, who believes offshore wind energy offers the town a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’ to diversify Eyemouth’s economic base.
There has been a significant uplift in marketing activity carried out by Eyemouth Harbour Trust this year.
Following the appointment of a new marketing executive in January, the trust was at Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition in Aberdeen.
This was followed by attendance at the Scottish Renewables Annual Conference. The Eyemouth Renewables Group met in March, chaired Mr Moore.
He has been impressed by the trust’s expanding reach.
“Offshore renewables provide Eyemouth with a once in a generation opportunity to diversify the economic base of the town and neighbouring communities,” he said.
“The Harbour Trust and its partners in the Eyemouth Renewables Group have put the town on the map with consistent and effective marketing.
“We need to continue this team effort to make sure we maximise our chances in this highly competitive field.”
Christine Bell, the trust business manager, added: “We have seen a real increase in our renewables marketing activity since the turn of the year.
“In January we appointed a new marketing executive, Gayle Skelly. The post is funded by the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 and Gayle will be with us until July 2015.
“Having Gayle on board has allowed us to focus our activities and specifically target the offshore wind operations and maintenance sector and supply chain.
“The funding has allowed us to attend a number of high profile industry events.”
The trust attended the All–Energy Exhibition & Conference in Aberdeen in May, and then visited RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind in Glasgow last month.
Ms Skelly, said: “It’s been a busy time for us. These industry events are a great way for us to keep up to date with progress and changes in the offshore wind sector. We’ve made lots of good contacts and highlighted the facilities we can offer.
“I hope that our efforts pay off and that we see an increase in the number of workboats and operations vessels using the harbour”.