The partnership has allowed EEEGR to move the conference online, and in doing so made it open to more visitors than ever before as early sign ups peak for people keen to take advantage of the flagship event on September 16-17 from the comfort of their home and office.
Typically hosted by EEEGR at the Norfolk Showground, this year a global audience of thousands will still take part thanks to the digitally innovative solution, Swapcard, that EEEGR and ScottishPower Renewables will use to deliver the event online.
This is a digital collaboration tool that will allow users to attend virtual expert panel discussions and take part interactively, asking live questions. It will also manage booking 1-2-1 facetime for networking sessions with other delegates, facilitating the same extraordinary level of access to decision-makers that has always been at the heart of an SNS event.
With the financial support of ScottishPower Renewables, EEEGR has been able to heavily subsidise the cost of exhibition stalls and tickets, passing the savings directly on to the supply chain and driving up interest for people, where cost and travel expenses may previously have been a barrier.
With an industry facing numerous struggles such as projects on hold, an all-time low oil price and, of course, the looming threat of COVID-19, SNS2020 gives brands a chance to give themselves maximum exposure at minimal cost.
Simon Gray, CEO of EEEGR said: “For us it was a no brainer. We’ve continued to engage with our members and the supply chain through our Special Interest Groups (SIGS), webinars and surveys. The industry is facing multiple challenges and we needed to offer an opportunity for businesses to network and be seen. It was obvious that high fees would be a barrier to companies, but having a forward-thinking sponsor like ScottishPower Renewables has allowed us to remove that burden from companies, whatever their size.
"Of course, they are joined by a myriad of other exciting sponsors as well, such as OPITO, Vattenfall, UEA, Oil & Gas Authority and Gee-Force Hydraulics. All of which have played a significant part in enabling us to bring the region’s supply chain together to showcase their offering at this difficult time.
"By listening and engaging with our members I hope we’ve made it clear that we’ll continue to work with them and support them however we can.”
Charlie Jordan, East Anglia One project manager, commented: “ScottishPower Renewables welcomes the news that the SNS2020 conference is moving online and is delighted to be the platinum sponsor of the event. We have achieved a number of key milestones on our East Anglia projects over the last 12 months and we look forward to sharing an update with the SNS2020 attendees.”
Ruari Lean, project manager for Vattenfall’s Norfolk Vanguard project, commented: “Vattenfall is pleased to sponsor EEEGR's virtual SNS2020 event and is delighted to see it proceed in this online format. Vattenfall, through its Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects, is committed to East Anglia, the future offshore wind hub of the UK's post-COVID-19 green recovery and a region in which it sees huge supply chain and employment potential.”
Stand and ticket prices represent tremendous value for money from just £25 to attend, while exhibition spaces are priced between £150 and £300. This levels the playing field and opens the opportunity to smaller businesses or those with cash flow concerns, or those simply concerned about travelling during the pandemic.
The Swapcard platform gives virtual attendees a simple, structured mechanism for making the most out of every opportunity SNS2020 creates.
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