Ben Woods, Business writer
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The boss of energy services company CLS Offshore said opening a new base in Hull could trigger up to £20m of new business.
Scott McMillan, managing director of the Great Yarmouth-based firm, said a number of opportunities had emerged since it moved into the site on January 2.
Its new premises – on the Marfleet Environmental Industries Park, near the River Humber– was officially opened today with plans to install a fabrication workshop on an adjacent site in July.
Mr McMillan said: “We’ve had many messages of welcome along with potential business opportunities, which could be worth around £20m over the next five years.
“The next stage is that from July we hope to progress plans for a fabrication workshop on an adjacent site, which will mirror our head office facility in Great Yarmouth, and employ up to 75 people, mainly recruited locally. We’re happy to be in Hull, delighted by what is has to offer and excited by the prospects ahead.”
The company is keen to work with local educational facilities regarding future prospects for students and has already been in discussion with the University of Hull and HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) on working together.
Martin Mancey, cabinet portfolio holder for Hull City Council, said: “The decision by CLS to come to the area represents a significant investment locally and clearly demonstrates the potential of the area to secure new highly skilled employment opportunities.”
Karl Turner, Hull East MP, said: “It has a solid track record in the energy sector and this move will strengthen the region’s energy credentials.”
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