Dutch firm to create 100 jobs on South Denes, Great Yarmouth

Friday, August 9, 2013
9:49 AM

Dutch firm Venko is set to create up to 100 jobs after setting up its first UK base on Great Yarmouth’s South Denes peninsula.

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The move, prompted by incentives offered by the Yarmouth and Lowestoft enterprise zone set up by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is seen as a major vote of confidence in the resort’s outer harbour.

Benefits offered to companies by the LEP include business rates relief, simplified planning processes and superfast broadband.

Norfolk County Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Eastport and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership have all welcomed Venko Offshore, a leading international provider of fabric maintenance services to the energy and petrochemical sectors.

“From day one, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has been about helping to grow jobs.” said New Anglia board member Mark Goodall.

“What we are seeing here in the enterprise zone is not only investment in the future development of our economy but real jobs that are making a difference now.”

Venko Offshore was awarded a major five year contract in 2012 by ONEgas (a joint venture of Shell/ NAM) to deliver fabric maintenance activities on 35 of its installations.

“Venko are one of the most innovative offshore fabric maintenance contractors.” said Jason Grey, the firm’s operations manager. “Utilisation of the vast supply chain network the East of England has to offer is also fundamental to the success of our company.”

County council leader George Nobbs said: “I am delighted the hard work that has gone into developing the enterprise zone is starting to bear fruit. It is also a vital vote of confidence in Eastport and I am confident that there will be many more positive announcements in the coming months.

Borough council leader Trevor Wainwright said: “We hope the move to South Denes will enable Venko to continue to grow and create jobs for local residents. The South Denes area is an important location for the offshore energy sector.”

13 comments

  • Reapn Snow, It's you who should read the article and my post more carefully. The contract is "to deliver fabric maintenance activities on 35 of is platforms" Do you think that these activities have not been carried out throughout the lives of these platforms?. Who do you think was carrying out that work?. Hence my question. Think before you jump in with both feet next time.

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    theanchovy

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Arguing for the sake of arguing? Usually when you are awarded a contract, it implies a new contract. Having spent seconds on Venko's website, you would have been able to "enlighten" yourself and find out that this is the case. And thank you for your opportunity of a life lesson, perhaps you should resort to listening to your own advice...

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    ReapnSow

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

  • Is this a new endeavour by ShellNAM or just the usual 5 yearly renewal of contracts? If the latter there are no new jobs at all, just the same jobs under a different company. Perhaps the EDP can enlighten us?

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    theanchovy

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • we shall have to wait and see, won't we?

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    Edmund Earle

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Do some of you folk just moan for the sake of moaning, and not think about the legitimacy of your arguments? You imagine that a Dutch company will give jobs in Yarmouth to the relatives of people that work in the company. I wasn't aware of a major Dutch presence of individuals in Yarmouth of whom all had relatives linked to Venko? And as for born in Yarmouth? Maybe Venko would but because locals do not have the expertise or training required for the job doesn't make Venko a bad business. Perhaps the 100 jobs will not be those directly created, but more from the injection that the business would have in the economy? theanchovy - re-read the article - they won a new contract having not been based here before, having been won due to tender of a new contract; not a renewal. The editor appears to have already enlightened you.

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    ReapnSow

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Instead of wasting your time writing comments on here Mr Earle, why dont you try ringing the Company to find out what they are actually intending to do. As a local, I have.

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    Greenhill 45

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Arguing for the sake of arguing? Usually when you are awarded a contract, it implies a new contract. Having spent seconds on Venko's website, you would have been able to "enlighten" yourself and find out that this is the case. And thank you for your opportunity of a life lesson, perhaps you should resort to listening to your own advice...

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    ReapnSow

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

  • 100 jobs to people who have a relative already working at the company more like. Industry is a joke around here!.

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    Ryan Smith III

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Mr Earle, shortsighted in that you are happy for outside investment but want to hoard jobs for locally born people. Isn't someone who has lived locally for a few years just as deserving?

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    Andy T

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Your reply has confirmed what you first post indicated.

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    theanchovy

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

  • To whom will these supposed jobs go to? I know my comments on your site are usually negative, but firms that come to GY with promises of jobs as often as not bring their own labour. It would be asking too much for them to give some of the deserving locals a chance. By that I mean born here locals.

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    Edmund Earle

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Great news for Yarmouth. Lets hope that there are sufficiently skilled people locally to benefit from the company locating here.

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    DT

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Regardless of whether this is a new contract or otherwise anything that boosts jobs in Great Yarmouth has got to be positive - especially when it might bolster outer harbour business.

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    DWW25

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

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