Our Steering Group

This initiative has been made possible through the co-operation of E-ON, local authorities based in Sussex and Marine South East an independent body which focuses on the development of the marine industry in the South East.

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E.ON is an international privately owned energy company and is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, and retailing power and gas. Their aim is to deliver cleaner and better energy by offering innovate energy services and technologies tailored to meet customers’ needs.

E.ON is one of the UK’s leading green generators and is commited to being a leading player in the offshore wind industry. In addition to its stake in London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, it already owns and operates three offshore wind farms in UK waters – the UK’s first offshore wind farm near Blyth in Northumberland, Scroby Sands off the coast of Great Yarmouth and Robin Rigg in the Solway Firth. The Humber Gateway, located off the Holderness coast, is under construction and due to be completed in 2015.

East Sussex comprises the coastal urban boroughs of Eastbourne and Hastings, and the geographically larger, more rural districts of Lewes, Rother and Wealden. It has a population of just over half a million people and covers an area of 1,725km² (660 square miles).

Lewes District Council aims to support a balanced economy through regeneration of coastal towns, support for diversification of the rural economy and ensuring that the local economy is not over-reliant on a few sectors. The strategy for growth involves supporting the existing manufacturing sector to move towards modern manufacturing by harnessing the knowledge of the local tertiary education sector (including South Downs College, Brighton University and University of Sussex).

Brighton & Hove City Council provides services to the city’s 275,000 residents, 12,650 businesses and 8.5 million annual visitors. It is working to make the city more sustainable and has set itself the objective of developing the full potential of the local economy. By working with partners across Greater Brighton City Region, the city council aims is to attract public, private and EU investment, maximise the business base, create jobs and ensure that this distinctive region competes in the national and global marketplace. The Greather Brighton City Region is made up of Brighton & Hove City Council and the districts and boroughs of Lewes, Mid Sussex and Adur and Worthing.

Marine South East is a business-led consortium developed to
address the needs of the marine sector in the South East region. It
was created to tackle the critical issues affecting marine
businesses in the region and support the economic development of
the marine sector in the South East.

Working together to strengthen the coastal economy, the Coastal West Sussex Partnership brings together leaders from business and the public sector to work across traditional boundaries and form the foundations for future investment and growth.

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