Revealing the secrets of the seas

We still know surprisingly little about the health of the seas surrounding us. However, the number of ecological analyses of the sea environment is now increasing. A new Swedish-British knowledge partnership has facilitated new business opportunities, and in doing so has gained international attention.
For Medins, the exchange of knowledge has entailed an increased demand for analysis assignments from county councils and government agencies, with a steady rise in income on the marine side as a consequence.

When the award for the EU's best corporate partnership is announced on 14 November, the Gothenburg company Medins is a potential winner.

Medins has been nominated together with its British partner Seastar Survey. By combining their specialities, they were able to identify completely new business opportunities.

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“Thanks to the partnership, we have been able to hire more employees, increase our market share, and also started to export our services to other European countries,” says Olof Nilsson, Managing Director of Medins.

Medins previously focused exclusively on limnology - environmental investigations and analyses in waterways, rivers and lakes - and is a well-established company on the Swedish market. In spring 2015, Medins came into contact with the company Seastar Survey in England, a specialist in environmental analyses on sea water in coastal areas and offshore.

In its contact with the British company, Medins was assisted by the European business network, Enterprise Europe Network, operational in Business Region Göteborg and with offices across all of Europe.  

The companies quickly realised that they could benefit from each other's expertise and promptly set up a collaboration.

Since analyses of freshwater and salt water differ considerably, the exchange of knowledge contributed to both companies being able to expand their respective markets.

For Medins, this entailed an increased demand for analysis assignments from county councils and government agencies, with a steady rise in income on the marine side as a consequence.

“Thanks to the partnership, we have been able to hire more employees, increase our market share, and also started to export our services to other European countries,” says Olof Nilsson, Managing Director of Medins.

"Enterprise Europe Network's role has been to hold the doors open to facilitate the business opportunities that exist between companies in Europe," says Maria Lundin, EU advisor for Enterprise Europe Network at Business Region Göteborg. It is a fantastic feeling that our knowledge and contacts have helped to foster a long-term partnership that has already made waves in the form of new export opportunities, new recruitments and, not least, a nomination for the best partnership at the Enterprise Europe Network Awards 2016.

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Bridging over new waters to boost business growth

Medins, a Swedish SME studying freshwater ecosystems, and Seastar Survey, a British marine environmental survey company, have partnered up to bridge over new waters and boost business growth. Thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network, the two companies have complemented each other’s ‘missing link’ by carrying out joint projects to examine life on the seafloor, rivers and lakes.

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