Green Port Hull celebrated six years of local achievement in the renewables sector today [December, 19th] at its annual Christmas networking event.
Held at ergo, more than 200 delegates from local businesses attended the event, where unique celebratory sculptures were presented to those companies and industry figures who were recognised for their achievements.
Created for the event by award-winning local sculptor Saffron Waghorn, who designed the Amy Johnson moths sculptures, the five ‘Portaliums’ were presented in the following categories:
Supply Chain – Recognition for a business that has adapted, transformed and/or pursued opportunities to supply the renewables, low carbon sector:
- TDL Wind Ltd
Workforce Development – Recognition for a business that has invested in the development of their workforce, embraced training and development of employees, created new roles and /or given opportunities to the future workforce:
Innovation – Recognition for a business that has achieved growth through innovation whether that be through development of technologies, development of their own business (innovative thinking), embracing new opportunities like joint ventures, products or processes:
- GEV Wind Power
Brand Ambassador – Recognition for an individual or business that has supported and promoted the Green Port Message to encourage development and success within the renewables and low carbon sector:
- Mark O’Reilly, chief executive office, Team Humber Marine Alliance.
Breakthrough – A company or person who has made a significant development or achievement, an action or event that has helped remove barriers to progress:
- Dr Kirsty Clode. Chair at Women into Manufacturing and Engineering (WiME)
Dawn Hall, Project Manager Green Port Growth Programme, said: “We have just spent six years developing the Green Port Growth Programme, so we wanted to use the day to celebrate some of the achievements of companies, people, and organisations we have supported throughout that time.
“We’re very pleased to have played a small part in helping companies achieve their successes, and made as much as possible from the opportunities presented to them.”
Sculptor Saffron Waghorn said: “They’re called Portaliums because these companies and their people have pushed themselves and their ideas through a portal, to a point where they’ve created something that is out of the norm, with cutting-edge ideas and ways of working.
“I hope they will inspire people to be more creative in their everyday lives.”
Individual and collectable as works of art, the Portaliums are made out of found and recycled material including stone, metals, fired clay and card in keeping with Green Port’s renewables and sustainability ethos.
Speakers on the day also included: Finbarr Dowling, Project Director at Siemens, and Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, who discussed future supply chain opportunities.
[Julian Woodford – Placed Media]