March 9 2014 Latest news:
Stephen Pullinger, Business writer
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has hailed the town’s growing significance as an energy hub after the arrival of a new offshore business bringing the promise of 100 jobs over the next three years.
Global Integrated Services (GIS), a specialist in the supply, inspection and maintenance of offshore safety equipment, has opened a 4,000sq ft depot in Bessemer Way on Harfrey’s Industrial Estate with a warehouse, yard, workshops and offices.
The operation will start off with a 20-strong workforce, including engineers,inspection technicians and administration staff.
Calum Melville, managing-director of GIS, a global operator with a £40m turnover and staff of 240, said: “We think there is a long-term opportunity in this part of the world and it fits into our strategy for operations in Europe and beyond.”
He said they had established their new base primarily to serve the oil and gas industry, but with an eye on other energy sectors, including nuclear and offshore wind farms.
“Our plans for continued further investment will see the creation of 100 jobs over the next three years,” he said.
Mr Melville said a big part of their success was the ability to deliver an integrated safety services package to the client, GIS’s field of expertise covering lifting and inspection, plant and tooling, winches and deck machinery, lifeboat and life saving equipment and crane services.
“We can save time and helicopter space by taking one team offshore to carry out several inspection jobs,” he said.
Their substantial investment in the new Yarmouth operation would allow them to provide a 24/7 service to local businesses.
It would also further strengthen GIS’s close working relationship with leading oil and gas service companies such as Cape and Pyeroy.
Mr Melville said: “We support many organisations and time-sensitive projects, not just across the UK but globally, where the provision of the latest equipment with round-the-clock services is absolutely essential.
“Opening our facility has enabled the expansion of our on-site capabilities, directly enhancing our response times to customers in the region.”
Mr Lewis said: “It is great to see another company investing in Yarmouth. It builds on the continuing good news story of investment in the town by offshore energy firms.”
He said he had laid down the objective in 2010 that Yarmouth should position itself as the “Aberdeen of the south”.
“These things take time but we are now seeing signs of Yarmouth’s development as an important energy hub,” he said.
Mr Lewis said it was a positive sign for employment in the town.
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