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Supporting Organisations

SSE SSE

Who we are
We are SSE plc

SSE’s core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way.

To help achieve this, we plan to invest around £1.5 to £1.7 billion in each of the five years from April 2010 to March 2015. Our principal focus for this investment is renewable energy, but we also plan to invest in electricity networks, emerging renewables, energy efficiency and smart technologies

BiP Solutions BiP Solutions

Who we are
BiP was established in 1984 to facilitate business between the public and private sectors. What began with the printing of contracts information has since evolved into a portfolio of innovative services that add real value to supply chains. If your organisation is buying for or supplying to the public sector – whether directly or indirectly – we’re here to help.

What we do
We provide the tools that buyers and suppliers need to engage more effectively with one another. These include services that provide details of contract opportunities and other market intelligence, electronic systems that support efficient and effective tendering, consultancy services, training and development and events. BiP is at the centre of buyer and supplier relationships; driving efficiency, building capacity and ensuring value for money.

ABB ABB

Who we are
ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. We employ 145,000 people and operate in approximately 100 countries, including Scotland.
Since establishing a East Kilbride office, as an integral part of its UK Grid Systems centre of excellence and Substation businesses, ABB has continued to forge close relationships with our Scottish customers and supply chain, and these are playing a key role in the effective delivery of some major power projects.
A major focus of ABB’s work in Scotland, and the Highlands and Islands in particular, is to strengthen transmission and distribution networks, as well as working with power generators, distributors and users to pave the way to make use of the excellent natural resources for renewable electricity generation.

Balfour Beatty Balfour Beatty

Who we are
We are Balfour Beatty, a global infrastructure group operating around the world – designers and planners, engineers, builders, project and facilities managers, analysts, consultants and more.
For more than 100 years years we have created and cared for the vital assets that enable societies and economies to grow: road and rail; airports, seaports, tunnels and bridges; health and education facilities; heat, light, power and water; places to live and places to work – the infrastructure that underpins all our lives and drives progress.

The Scottish Council for Development & Industry The Scottish Council for Development & Industry

Who we are
The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is Scotland’s leading economic development organisation. Our aim is to influence and inspire government and key stakeholders to create sustainable economic prosperity for Scotland, an ambition as relevant today as it was when SCDI was established in 1931.

Siemens Siemens

Who we are
Siemens is a leading global engineering and technology services company which was established in the United Kingdom 170 years ago. The company now employs 13,760 people across offices, factories and customers sites in the UK and focuses on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation.

Siemens’ High Voltage Substations business unit provides substation solutions which support system operators, distribution network operators and the National Grid by transmitting and distributing electrical power at the highest levels of efficiency to homes and businesses across the UK.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce Inverness Chamber of Commerce

Who we are
Inverness Chamber of Commerce is the largest independent business organisation based in the Highlands. It is run by members of our business community to promote economic growth in the area. As an independent membership organisation, we receive no public funding or grants and our main purpose is to support the business activities of our member businesses. We do this by offering a wide range of benefits and services and lobbying on our members’ behalf. As well as providing events, networking, support and advice to its members, Inverness Chamber actively campaigns for investment in infrastructure and transport, to ensure that the specific needs of our business community are met.

Membership of Inverness Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of benefits – from contacts and networking, events and meetings to representation and information, and the full package of British Chambers of Commerce business services.

Bam Nuttal Bam Nuttal

Who we are
BAM Nuttall is one of UK’s leading civil engineering companies and a member of the European construction group Royal BAM, one of the largest construction groups in Europe with annual revenues for 2011 of £7.9b.

Our first contract in Scotland was secured in 1935 and we have been continuously employed on a diverse range of civil engineering projects throughout Scotland since 1946. We established a permanent office locally in 1969. Since 1986 our local business has been based in Kilsyth, to the north-east of Glasgow. From here, BAM Nuttall operates throughout the mainland and islands of Scotland with an annual local turnover of around £100m and over 300 direct employees. We’re particularly proud of our heritage in Renewable Energy having built many of the country’s early hydro projects including Sloy, Cruachan and Foyers.

We recognise the vital role played by our suppliers in helping us deliver challenging projects in often remote and sensitive environments. Open4Business is now central to our local procurement strategy, helping us to promote opportunity early and ensure local businesses remain fully engaged with our project teams.

RJ McLeod RJ McLeod

Who we are
RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited is a privately owned company operating within the civil engineering market working through offices in Dingwall and Glasgow.

Since the formation of the Company in 1951, RJ McLeod has been associated with a variety of civil engineering disciplines. Today the Company’s portfolio includes renewable energy, electrical infrastructure, site infrastructure, streetscaping, both local and national road construction, marine and waterways, work in the water industry, nuclear decommissioning, and land remediation and development related to industrial, housing, commercial and retail projects.

Shell Shell

Who we are
For over 100 years, Shell has played a vital role in providing energy to the UK, by helping to power our industries, homes and transport systems. Shell has been a leading operator in the North Sea since the 1960s with interests in more than 50 fields. Along with partners, Shell accounts for 11% of UK oil and gas production today.

Shell is also a significant distributor and retailer of fuels, lubricants and chemicals, and has one of the largest networks of petrol stations in the country, serving more than 4 million customers every week.

Shell U.K. Limited, with strategic support from SSE, proposes to develop the world’s first commercial-scale, full-chain gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, at Peterhead Power Station in Aberdeenshire. The Peterhead CCS Project is part of the UK Government’s CCS Commercialisation Competition and, if successful, will see 10 to 15 million tonnes of CO2 – which would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere – captured on site over an approximate 10 – 15 year period, transported by pipeline and stored in the depleted Goldeneye gas reservoir, 100km offshore.

If the project goes ahead, the construction programme – which could last up to three-and-a-half years, including onshore and offshore works and site preparations works – is expected to start in 2016.  Shell is committed to providing opportunities for the local supply chain as the project progresses and is partnering with SSE, Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Enterprise to engage with local businesses in Boddam, Peterhead and wider North East Scotland.  The project will be constructed using a small number of main contractors, through whom these opportunities will be delivered.

The O4B portal will be used to advertise future contracts and work packages that will become available on the project. All business who are registered on the portal will be able to view these opportunities.

Business Gateway Business Gateway

Who we are

  • Service covers Highland & Moray and offers One to One Business Advice
  • Business Training Workshops
    Access to Market Research Information and specialists
  • Enterprise Trust owned by Highland Council
  • Established in 1986 with 15 dedicated Gateway staff
  • Walk in Shops in Inverness & Elgin and Development Officers in Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Badenoch, Skye and Lochaber
Amec Foster Wheeler Amec Foster Wheeler

Who we are
Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors

With over 40,000 employees in more than 50 countries, we operate across the whole of the oil and gas industry – from production through to refining, processing and distribution of derivative products – and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.

We have a long history of working in Scotland, from the early days of Press (1913) and James Scott (1909) in the early twentieth century. Our markets include clean energy (nuclear and renewable), environment & infrastructure and oil & gas. We are proud to have worked in the North Sea for over 40 years.

Our strategy is very much about developing our global capabilities while focussing locally on clients, supply chain and developing local expertise. That is something that has been pioneered from Scotland, and used as a model in other regions such as the Caspian and the Middle East.