Search

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

09:49 09 August 2013

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.

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.

    Report this comment

    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...

    Report this comment

    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?

    Report this comment

    theanchovy

    Friday, August 9, 2013

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

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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...

    Report this comment

    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!.

    Report this comment

    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?

    Report this comment

    Andy T

    Friday, August 9, 2013

  • Your reply has confirmed what you first post indicated.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    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.

    Report this comment

    DWW25

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News

Lorna McCarthy, of Sussex Road, Gorleston, died on September 28, 2014, aged 50.

A 51 year-old Gorleston man has gone on trial for the murder of his wife.

37 minutes ago
Funeral cottage for former Sea Palling lifeboat coxswain and chairman Sam Sheldon through the village. Who died age 58 and given a seafaring send off at his funeral. Sam Sheldon was chairman and coxswain during his 27 years with the independently run rescue service.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Friends, family and colleagues of a respected lifeboatman and dedicated father who died aged 58 from cancer filled a coastal church for his funeral.

12:34
Latitude Festival. Picture: James Bass

Latitude Festival bosses have announced the Poetry Arena line-up for the festival’s 10th edition in 2015.

Rio and Zeus after being rescued by the RSPCA.  Photo: Redwings Animal Sanctuary

More than 1,000 calls were made to the RSPCA over concerns for the welfare of horses in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire last year, figures from the animal charity reveal.

Most Read

Yesterday, 16:22
Tamara Miller with her young son Harry.
Harry suffers a range of problems but his condition remains undiagnosed.
A charity golf tournament is raising money for sensory lights to help stimulate him.

Picture: James Bass

He seemed like the perfect baby - never any trouble, sleeping soundly and with a quiet, undemanding cry.

Read more
Lorna McCarthy, of Sussex Road, Gorleston, died on September 28, 2014, aged 50.

A 51 year-old Gorleston man has gone on trial for the murder of his wife.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:22
Raymond and Joyce Waplington of Gorleston celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

Flowers from the petrol station are normally in order when you forget a birthday or anniversary.

Read more
Gorleston
Yesterday, 09:04
Alicat Workboats handing over new windfarm service boat to Iceni Marine, the Iceni Vengeance at its naming ceremony.
The boat is the first of a new design to be built in Great Yarmouth, having been developed by Alicat’s sister company, South Boats IOW, on the Isle of Wight.

Simon Coote of Alicat with Margaret Turner who named the boat.

Picture: James Bass

The East coast’s growing status as a key hub for offshore wind was underlined with the launch of a new generation windfarm support boat at the Great Yarmouth yard of Alicat Workboats.

Read more
Wales
Friday, March 27, 2015
Gary Baker (far right) and other residents from Avocet Way in Bradwell have been told that must take their wheelie bins to a collection point rather than leaving them outside their homes.

Picture: James Bass

A borough-wide plan to change doorstep bin collections has been slammed by residents who will now have to drag their rubbish away from their homes.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Most Commented

Friday, March 27, 2015
Gary Baker (far right) and other residents from Avocet Way in Bradwell have been told that must take their wheelie bins to a collection point rather than leaving them outside their homes.

Picture: James Bass

A borough-wide plan to change doorstep bin collections has been slammed by residents who will now have to drag their rubbish away from their homes.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Gorleston feathers Plain and Library

History lovers gathered to remember a pioneering chapter of Gorleston’s history when a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the town’s tram service.

Read more
Great Yarmouth

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Great Yarmouth Mercury e-edition today E-edition