Come on you Bloaters! Companies join forces to support team
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A non-league team on the coast has received support from two companies who play a key role in the offshore industry.
Bolting specialists Gee-Force Hydraulics and its customer, crane services company Alatas, have once again joined forces as sponsors of Great Yarmouth’s football club.
Alatas is sponsoring the Bloaters’ first team’s amber and black striped kit, with Gee-Force backing its reserves’ strip.
Graeme Cook, managing director of Gee-Force Hydraulics, based at Beacon Park, Gorleston, said putting back into the community was an important priority for any business.
“Richard De’Ath, of Alatas, and I enjoy our football. Having a local team is an important element of any community so being able to support something we enjoy was even better for us.
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“Great Yarmouth Town has a long history and has had some ups and downs so to be part of the club when it is ambitious and is working hard to build for a secure future is a good opportunity for us.”
Alatas, whose UK headquarters is in Bradford and engineering centre in Aberdeen, supplies cranes and lifting equipment for offshore platforms for the oil & gas industry out of Great Yarmouth.
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“Increasing our business out of Great Yarmouth and our relationship with Gee-Force, that believes so much in Great Yarmouth and its future led us to support something that matters to the community. A shared interest in football led us to Great Yarmouth Town.”
Gee-Force Hydraulics consolidated its UK operation in Great Yarmouth last year, relocating from the north west to focus on the oil and gas and offshore wind industry off Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
It supplies equipment to Alatas, that has 14 offices around the world.
Great Yarmouth Town manager Adam Mason, a former Bloaters player, said: “Both companies have been very generous to us. Without this type of support from the business community, we would not be in the position we are in in terms of our ambition.
“We need the finances behind us if we were to be promoted and move the higher in the football pyramid
“The club has been through difficult times and these business relationships help to take the club forward as we look to create sustainability and plan for the future.”