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Pulcea boosted by £10,000 Advance Northumberland prize

A firm developing offshore energy sector technology has received a £10,000 boost.

Pulcea picked up first prize in economic regeneration company Advance Northumberland’s offshore wind spin-in competition.

Bosses say the cash will “further accelerate its growth journey” across the North of Tyne Combined Authority area.

The company specialises in marine physics and is working with operators to protect mammals and fish around offshore wind developments, with its product portfolio including apparatus aimed at reducing noise pollution from piling at depths of up to 100 metres.

Its success was announced at the Offshore Wind North East event, which was held at Sunderland’s Beacon Of Light.

Launched in September 2022, the offshore wind spin-in competition helps businesses establish operational bases in the North of Tyne area.

Ian Armstrong, Pulcea managing director, said: “We have been highly impressed by Advance Northumberland’s support this year – the quality of their delivery has been exceptional.

“The Advance Northumberland team have helped Pulcea become embedded into the North of Tyne region, opened the door to new connections in the offshore wind industry and given us a clear understanding of the sector in this region.

“With assets such as Port of Blyth and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and organisations such as NOF and Global Underwater Hub having a strong presence in the region, North of Tyne’s offering to the offshore wind sector is hugely exciting.”

Michael Black, Advance Northumberland director of economic growth and investments, added: “Pulcea is a fine example of the kind of visionary and ambitious companies that are being attracted to North of Tyne’s vibrant and rapidly developing offshore renewables industry.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the company achieve further growth.”