As developers of the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, Scira Offshore Energy has encouraged the involvement of local North Norfolk companies in both the construction and longer-term operation and maintenance of the wind farm. The project has created arenas to introduce contractors engaged by Scira to local suppliers such as the well-attended, Supplier Information Days, held in both Sheringham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The project produced a local Suppliers' Directory with the assistance of the North Norfolk Business Forum (NNBF).
Local companies such as the hotels, inns, restaurants, and bed and breakfast providers in the town and its surrounding villages have welcomed a growing number of both occasional and regular visitors involved in the project. The creation of the new outer harbour, and the establishment of a temporary base on Polka Road provided work for a wide range of small to medium sized businesses and there will be further opportunities during the construction of the new onshore base at Egmere and its long-term operation.
Norfolk firms such as Elite Taxis, Safety Boat Services, New Ideas for Business, Trickyweb and Computer Service Centre have all been awarded contracts with the organisation.
In future Scira will continue to require many local suppliers including: catering, security, receptionist, hotel/accommodation, taxi/transport, van drivers (between office, marine base and Quay), health professionals, electrical/engineering services, plus vessels and vessel maintenance. Opportunities will be advertised locally however companies interested in joining the organisationís supplier database should enter their details here.