Certex UK is expanding its renewables and lifting operations in the Humber region of England with the opening of a new office and workshop in Hull. The new facility is fundamental to the company’s support plans for the growing offshore wind energy market.
Certex’s specialist inspectors travel across the country and Europe, working offshore and onshore, and supply equipment and inspection services. The Hull office and workshop location will co-ordinate work undertaken to ensure all wind-turbine installations and safety precautions adhere to UK legislation.
“We are really pleased to be expanding the business into Hull, especially during this significant year for the city,” said Jim Donelan, Business Development Manager at Certex UK. “Providing jobs and training to the local workforce is important to us as a business, and we are confident the Hull community can support us in our service to the wind industry and other businesses in the area.”
Certex is amongst the first support businesses to commit to new investment since the Humber region saw a significant boost of £310 million into the wind turbine industry, creating up to 1,000 jobs directly, with additional jobs during construction and indirectly in the supply chain. The investment will provide a huge boost to the UK’s offshore wind industry as well as the Humber region.
Certex plans to employ and train local labour for the new branch, which will see a recruitment drive for on-shore vacancies as well as offshore roles. In addition to providing support to Hull’s recently bolstered wind energy market, Certex will also provide same day service on stocked specialist lifting products to its local customers.
“Our growth and acquisition program has begun to reap rewards and we are delighted to be able to offer our current and new customers an increasing level of service from the geographic benefits of this new strategic location,” said Kevin Smith, Managing Director at Certex UK.
The new facility represents Certex’s eighth UK location, with other offices based in Aberdeen, Montrose, Harworth (Doncaster), Gloucester, Basingstoke, Huddersfield, and Great Yarmouth; with a sister-company, Peter Harbo, also serves the renewable sector in and around Denmark.
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