ABERDEEN, UK – Grey Matters is a new initiative designed to harness the experience and knowledge of senior oil and gas professionals that have been made redundant or are facing redundancy.
Elevator and Scottish Enterprise are working jointly on the Scottish program, supporting 15-20 experienced individuals to work together to create oil and gas businesses with high-growth potential.
Graham Morgan, deputy CEO at Elevator, claimed this was the first project of its type. “There is currently little or no support out there for senior oil and gas professionals who have spent 20-plus years in the industry, and have a vast amount of knowledge,” he said, “not to mention key skills in leadership, collaboration, problem solving, and building teams.
“There is the potential for a huge amount of knowledge to be lost when, due to being regarded as an expensive asset, individuals are made redundant. Grey Matters is a pilot program for people in that very situation, perhaps feeling restless or underwhelmed by the industry at present.
“We are looking for a variety of people - either those who don’t currently have a business concept, but do have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise, or those who do have the seedling of an idea that they can work on with a team of like-minded people.
“Applicants must be able to dedicate 12 weeks to the program… a learning and growth experience set in our… center for entrepreneurship in Aberdeen; the principles they will learn from Grey Matters will set them on the right steps to creating and building high-growth, scalable businesses…”
Grey Matters is managed by David Christie, a former military officer in Britain’s Royal Air Force, who worked with Aberdeen Enterprise Trust (now Elevator) supporting business start-up and growth organizations.
Topics covered will include business planning, globalization, marketing, fund-raising, team management and intellectual property.
More information available atwww.elevatoruk.com