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Member of the Month: Fort Recruitment

Technology has transformed every business sector in recent years and recruitment is no exception. In the past week, Ian Buckley has conducted a Skype meeting with a client in Houston, Texas, and held Skype interviews with candidates from all over the UK and Italy, Indonesia and Singapore.

“That has been the biggest change not only in recruitment, but every other sector, during the past few years,” said Ian who runs Liverpool-based Fort Recruitment with Kate Birmingham, Senior Partner.  “Although we are based in Liverpool, because of technology, we now successfully recruit for any business anywhere in the world.  I think the best advantage is that as the majority of our clients are based on Merseyside and in the North-West it means we find the best candidates from anywhere and attract them here.”

Client base

Fort Recruitment was set up just over three years ago by Ian Buckley and Kate Birmingham.  Between them they have a combined 34 years of experience in the sector and in all the company comprises four people.

Despite its size, it could be said that Fort punches above its weight, with over 40 regular clients, big and small, across a range of sectors including maritime, engineering, oil and gas, utilities (water and gas), food manufacturing, construction and renewable energy.

“Most of our clients recruit on a fairly regular basis but it is pleasing to see that some are going through a period of fairly rapid expansion so are asking us to find staff on an almost weekly basis.” added Ian.

Award winners

And that success was recognised at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 in March when they scooped the Micro Business of the Year accolade. According to Ian, who is Managing Director of the business, the relationships they have built up with clients over a period of time is one of the keys to their growth.

 

Ian & Kate accepting Micro Business of the Year at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018

Fort offer an ‘intelligent recruitment service’ which both Kate and Ian believe makes the firm stand out from most of its rivals in the industry. Kate explains: “We both have first-hand experience of being business owners which means we understand, better than most, how businesses operate and the challenges they face.  As a result, what we strive to do is one simple thing – find the right people with the right skills for our clients.”

Building relationships

“Getting to know our clients and what they want is so important.  It saves time, money and ultimately means our clients recruit the right person.”

One part of Fort’s business that perhaps is never mentioned is retention rates.  Improving staff retention underpins everything Fort do.  “Our job isn’t just recruitment but more importantly it’s about staff retention for our clients.” added Kate. “Our current retention rate with the businesses we work with is around 90% which is something we are very proud of.”

Organic approach

Fort Recruitment take a more long-term approach to finding clients; Getting to know people over time and letting relationships grow organically.

Ian said: “We are not just members of Mersey Maritime and the Propeller Club but Sponsors.  Very early on  we both made the decision that we would become very active members in these organisations as we not only want to grow our business but support the region.  Of course, if any member needs support then they know that with complete trust and confidence they can just pick up the phone and ask for our help.”

Ian and Kate are keen to expand the business and over the next 18 months they have plans to employ extra staff and open a new office.  They are also keen to increase their already expanding client base particularly in the renewable energy and shipping sectors.  Another plan for growth is to work with businesses in  the horizontal maritime sectors – accountancy and law.

“There are clients who were with us in year one who are still working for us in year four and I think that speaks volumes about the service we offer them,” added Ian.

And Kate also spoke of their pride at playing a role in the progress of other local firms, saying: “We are proud to be helping in the Merseyside area and utilising the huge talent pool that already exists here whilst also bringing the best candidates from the UK and abroad to the city region.”

By Mersey Maritime

Video: Firetrace saves the day after blaze at manufacturing firm

Fire suppression systems specialist Firetrace demonstrated the huge value of its technology following a fire at a manufacturing firm.

The installation of an automatic fire suppression system to a piece of machinery saw a potentially disastrous blaze extinguished without any intervention from the emergency services and with minimal damage caused.

 

Firetrace, a Mersey Maritime member, installed the system at the precision turned parts manufacturer in Ludlow in January – it was designed to protect the machine even when it was unattended.

Two months later Firetrace was contacted after a member of staff had witnessed the system deploy and machine shutdown.

An engineer attended within a couple of days and confirmed there had been a fire which had been successfully suppressed. This was also shown as the CCTV camera captured the event showing the fire was extinguished within five seconds.

The emergency services were not required as the Firetrace system pressure switch interrupted the work programme and stopped the machine to prevent reignition of the fire.

Additionally, the downtime of the manufacturing facility was minimal as the 5kg CO2 automatic fire suppression system extinguished the fire efficiently causing no damage to the interior.

Firetrace has been manufacturing automatic suppression systems for over 25 years and was originally showcased on the BBC Tomorrow’s World show in 1990.

It has recorded a number of documented success stories where the systems have both detected and extinguished the fires with little or no damage to the equipment.

By Mersey Maritime

Leasowe Castle marks 100th anniversary of First World War maritime tragedy that claimed 85 lives

Built by Birkenhead shipbuilder and current Mersey Maritime member Cammell Laird in 1917, steam vessel HMT Leasowe Castle was ferrying 3,000 British troops from Alexandria to Marseilles when she was hit by a torpedo fired from German U-boat35 on May 27, 1918.

She had been hit by another torpedo a month earlier off the coast of Gibraltar but had managed to limp into port. On the second occasion she wasn’t so lucky and sank with the loss of 85 lives.

Now, exactly a century later, the Leasowe Castle venue in Wirral, a Grade II-listed hotel and restaurant, has paid tribute to its namesake and welcomed John Creedy, the grandson of one of the vessel’s passengers.

To commemorate the lives that were lost, John has temporarily donated a framed image of the ship alongside a brief account of the events that took place, both of which will be on display in the castle.

Machine gunners

The keel of HMT Leasowe Castle was actually laid by Cammell Laird in 1915 in a contract with the National Steam Navigation Company of Greece. However, work on her was suspended and she was eventually transferred to the Byrom Steam Ship Company.

She was later acquired by the Government and used to ferry troops. On the day she sank her passengers comprised companies of machine gunners from the Warwickshire Yeomanry, South Notts Hussars and the Bucks and Berks Yeomanry.

Moving account

Leasowe Castle general manager, Mike Dewey, said: “Leasowe Castle is steeped in history, dating as far back as the 16th century and HMT Leasowe Castle is certainly a very special part of our timeline.

“We are incredibly moved by John’s account of his grandfather’s story and are honoured that he has chosen to commemorate this milestone anniversary of the ship’s sinking with us.

“We are able to get a glimpse into exactly what happened on that day in 1918 as John shared a transcript written by his grandfather documenting the events as they occurred. With great emotion he described how ‘nothing was visible but a tremendous swirl of water and bits of wreckage’.

“We are very fortunate that this piece of history has been preserved for over three generations and we are able to pay our respects today in 2018.”

Pay homage

Leasowe Castle’s recently refurbished Wreckers Bar also pays homage to the surrounding shores, inspired by historic group of people known as ‘wreckers’ who were situated across the North Wirral Coastline from New Brighton to Leasowe.

Mike added: “To pay tribute to the anniversary of HMT Leasowe Castle we will be displaying the names of those who died outside Wrecker’s Bar to allow guests and residents alike to learn more about the event and really embrace the history of the Castle.

“We would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more to visit us as images and information will be on display for a short time.”

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime members play key role in developing ‘smart’ football boot

Smart football boots that can predict and prevent injury in players has been developed in Liverpool thanks to a pioneering business support programme.

And Mersey Mersey Maritime members Sensor City and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are both playing key roles in the project.

Sports technology company, SportScientia, has unveiled a new first-of-its-kind wireless smart insole with support from the part funded LCR 4.0 business support programme and the £15m Sensor City facility.

Global innovation

SportScientia, a top 50 global innovation company based in the UK and Singapore, specialises in the collection and interpretation of dynamic biometric performance data from proprietary wearable sports technology.

The company approached LCR 4.0 – which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivery partner Sensor City, for support in developing an accurate set of ‘3P smart insole’ prototypes that monitor the movement and loading distribution of athletes to predict and prevent injury.

The collaboration saw SportScientia take up hot desking space at Sensor City, as well as gain access to its specialist equipment and technical expertise, including the multi-material 3D printers.

This enabled the company to design, fabricate, and 3D print a range of insoles which significantly reduced time to market and minimised costs.

Real-time data

The wireless 3P smart insole, which is the first of its kind to be commercially available, collects real-time data to learn a player’s constant baseline by analysing their training load distribution, recovery, and performance.

This data is then used by the player, the coach and the physiotherapist to live monitor, predict and prevent injuries from grassroots all the way up to elite professional level.

For youth footballers, the insole gives the chance to fulfil their potential by monitoring progress from a young age, meaning statistics and performances can be logged, and career threatening muscular injuries can be avoided.

Sports performance

Peter Lazou, founding partner of SportScientia, said: “Our aim at SportScientia is to use advanced technology to create products that provide a better understanding of sports performance and to reduce the risk of injury.

“The LCR 4.0 programme and Sensor City team have given us the resource to make this possible and brought us one step closer to becoming a more recognisable brand name globally.

“We were given access to the mechanical and electronics labs we needed to re-engineer our initial model, meaning we now have a set of accurate prototypes that we can test before proceeding to the full manufacturing process.”

Perfect example

Alison Mitchell, executive director at Sensor City, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and LJMU, said: “Industry 4.0 technologies, such as 3D printers, have so much potential.

“This is a perfect example of how industry 4.0 technologies are transforming all walks of life, and the sports industry is no different.”

Taking the innovative product even further, SportScientia is now collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University’s Sports Science department and local football teams to trial the prototypes.

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Stream Marine Training establishes new base at Wirral Waters

A world class provider of maritime and sea survival training has chosen Wirral Waters as the base of its first training facility in England.

Stream Marine Training (SMT), headquartered in Glasgow, is a world-renowned specialist training provider for the global maritime industry

It has chosen the dockside location of Tower Quays in Wirral Waters, with its close proximity to the Irish Sea and the offshore wind farm at Burbo Bank, as the ideal location for its new base.

SMT will offer training and consultancy services to the global maritime, oil and gas, renewables and construction sectors.

Wirral Waters is focused on helping these sectors grow through jobs led projects such as the MEA Park waterside manufacturing campus and the £25m Maritime Knowledge Hub (MKH) project – the proposed use for the grade II listed Hydraulic Tower building.

MKH – a partnership between Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, the Peel Group and Wirral Council – will be a place for innovation, collaboration, learning, training, and business development in the maritime sectors, and will put Wirral Waters on the marine industries’ global stage.

Martin White, chief executive of SMT, said: “This will be our second training hub in the UK, following our base at Glasgow Airport, and we believe it is the perfect location for us. Wirral Waters will be a shining example of growth in the maritime sector and we are really excited to play a key role in its regeneration.”

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of industry body Mersey Maritime, added: “One of the reasons Mersey Maritime was set up more than 15 years ago was to support maritime specific inward investment into the region, and collaboration is at the heart of this.

“We’re delighted that SMT will be opening a training facility in Wirral Waters adding to a region that is fast being recognised as a truly national centre of excellence.”

By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool Cruise Terminal set for record summer as 25 vessels arrive in June and July

Liverpool Cruise Terminal will welcome 25 different vessels in June and July generating an estimated £2.6m for the city centre economy.

The cruise ships will be carrying 37,317 passengers and 17,348 crew which means more than 50,000 people could be coming ashore over the two-month period.

Highlights include Celebrity Eclipse, which returns for an overnight call on June 12/13 and the return of Royal Princess – Princess Cruises’ flagship vessel – on Monday, June 10.

The jewel in the crown of the cruise call schedule this summer is the return of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth on July 23, which also coincides with the 80th anniversary of the launch Cunard’s RMS Mauretania II from Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.

Visitors to the Cruise Terminal this summer are in expert hands as the team at Cruise Liverpool, who won Tourism Event of the Year at the recent Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards for Disney Magic on the Mersey which was organised in partnership with the team at Liverpool Waters.

Close to the current facility work is already under way on the new permanent £50m cruise terminal which will mean even more vessels visiting the city.

Councillor Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, said: “A total of 25 ships in two months is incredible, as a city we are very proud to be the home of passenger shipping and are exceptionally excited to welcome so many visitors to the city.

“It forms a solid basis for our exciting plans for the new cruise liner terminal which are rapidly taking shape.”

Pete Murney, Liverpool’s cruise and operations Manager, said: “The next two months will be our busiest ever at Cruise Liverpool, and we can’t wait of visitors and crew to experience our amazing city and everything that it has to offer.”

For more information about the 2018 cruise schedule and to download a copy, visit www.cruise-liverpool.com. Arrival and departure times are published on the Cruise Liverpool Facebook page a few days prior to the cruise ship calling.

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Steam Tug Kerne recognised in the Queens Honours List 2018

The Merseyside based Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society has been awarded  The  Queens Award for Voluntary Service in the Queens Honours List published on 2nd June 2018. This is an MBE equivalent and the highest award given to a voluntary group. It is the first time a historic vessel preservation trust has been honoured in this way.

The award was created in 2002 by the Queen to celebrate the anniversary of her Coronation and recognises excellence in voluntary activity carried out by groups in the community. The assessment process for the award was conducted on behalf of the Queen by Captain Hugh Daglish LVO JP DL Royal Navy ex Commander of HMY Britannia and His Honour Judge John Roberts DL.

The award citation honours the rescue and preservation of Kerne, one of Britain’s oldest operational steamships.

In 1971 Kerne was the last coal fired steamship to work commercially on the Mersey when the preservation group stepped in and saved her from the scrapyard. Since then, the steam tug has relied on the voluntary effort of its members, public donations and awards granted from The Transport Trust, National Historic Ships, The Pilgrim Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund plus the support of many local businesses such as Cammell Laird, United Utilities and Peel Ports.

The society is dedicated to keeping Kerne in steam and operational as a living reminder to the people of Merseyside and North West Britain of the days of steam at sea.

Paul Kirkbride, a Director of Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society said, “We are bowled over by the Queen Award and recognition of the work of our group over the last 47 years.  Our member’s dedication has been an example of what can be achieved for the benefit of the nation’s maritime heritage and is enjoyed by many thousands of people who have seen Kerne steaming to events and come aboard to learn about a living steamship of the Titanic era”.

Kerne historic notes.

Builders.  Montrose Shipbuilding Company, Montrose, Scotland, launched 1912.

Engine. 400 hp triple expansion steam by W.V.V Lidgerwood, Coatbridge, Scotland.1912.

Boiler. Twin Furnace coal fired Scotch, H.M. Dockyard Chatham 1936, fuel consumption up to 200 kilos per hour.

From 1913 until 1948 she served the Royal Navy as H.M. Tug Terrier based at Chatham Dockyard Kent. She is the last operational ex Royal Navy First World War ship still with her original engines.

Renamed Kerne, between 1949 and 1971 she worked commercially for Liverpool Lighterage Co., towing barges on the Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and Weaver Navigation.

In 1971 Kerne was the last coal fired steamship at work on the Mersey and she was about to be scrapped when the society bought her for preservation. Since then she has been kept in operational condition by the society and during each summer season has steamed to public events on Merseyside and around the North West of Britain.

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Mersey Maritime seeks representatives for the ‘Members Board’

At Mersey Maritime we value our members’ knowledge, opinions and contribution so we have decided to set up a Members’ Board.   The Members’ Board is an opportunity for members to help shape the future direction of Mersey Maritime, providing a structured forum for members to present ideas, discuss challenges and opportunities, and to help promote and grow the maritime sector across the Liverpool City Region.

There will be 10 spaces available on the board and it is our hope to have multi-sector representation. The chosen board will be in position for a year and will be required to attend quarterly meetings. 

The first meeting will take place on Monday 25th June, 9:30am – 11am at the Maritime Knowledge Hub.  

Those interested in applying to sit on the Board should register their interest with Suzanne Fulton, suzanne.fulton@merseymaritime.co.uk

 

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WORK BEGINS ON LIVERPOOL’S NEW CRUISE TERMINAL

The first phase of construction of Liverpool’s new Cruise Liner Terminal has begun

An overwater jack-up platform has arrived in the River Mersey to begin site investigations on the bedrock on which much of the new facility will be built.

This jack-up platform will be working for approximately four weeks in order to establish the strength of the seabed near to the Princes Jetty.

Working around the clock, drillers, engineering geologists and support crew will be drilling a total of seven boreholes into the river bedrock, extracting and testing rock samples, to understand the geological layers – or strata – present beneath the site.

Geotechnical engineers are simultaneously drilling a further seven boreholes on land in Princes Parade to carry out ground investigations.

The results for both river and land tests will then determine the design of the piled foundations for the terminal, which will contain a suspended deck, and the associated facilities.

The investigation works are funded by Liverpool City Council, designed and supervised by AECOM Ltd. and performed by Fugro GeoServices Ltd.

The new facility, which replace the current terminal, will enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships to its UNESCO listed World Heritage waterfront.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is used to welcoming majestic vessels to the Mersey, like the Queen Victoria the other day, but this unusual looking jackup platform is arguably our most critical visitor this year given the importance of the work its carrying out.

“It is a symbolic moment for the next chapter in the city’s maritime future as these site investigations will determine the foundations upon which our new Cruise Terminal will be built.

“The city is working with the very best in the engineering industry to deliver this very complex project which shows our determination to create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.

“Much work is still to be done but it will be fascinating to see the terminal begin to rise out of the river later this year.

“This new cruise facility will be a huge boost to our visitor economy plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs which is why we’re putting together the best team of experts to ensure we build this facility to the very highest standards.”

Andrew Merritt, an Engineering Geologist with AECOM Ltd, supervising the investigation said: “It is a pleasure to be involved in such a prestigious and long-awaited engineering project.

“Similarly, it is a privilege to work closely with colleagues at Liverpool City Council to assist them in fulfilling their wishes to regenerate one of Liverpool’s great landmarks.”

Liverpool City Council recently appointed one of the UK’s leading building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to carry out the first stage of a two stage design and build contract.

The first stage will consist of supporting the council’s appointed design team, led by Ramboll UK, to finalise the design and construction method, including completing enabling works such as the controlled dismantling of the existing derelict Princess Jetty, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land and Property.

They will also establish the final construction costs by inviting competitive sub-contract prices for each package of works in advance of the second stage main contract award, whilst designing out construction risks. McLaughlin & Harvey will also be fully supporting the Liverpool in Work programme to provide and promote engagement with local subcontractors and suppliers, and offer local employment opportunities.

The main contract works involve the construction on a suspended deck structure and the erection of a vehicular linkspan bridge and pedestrian bridge / walkway to connect the new terminal to the existing landing stage.

It also includes improvements to the existing landing stage, including modification of existing buildings such as the lower cruise terminal reception building, relocation of the building on the northern end of the pontoon and creation of an ancillary buildings for storage and use by operational staff; improvements to Princes Parade to incorporate pedestrian crossing facilities, provision of terminal parking, pickup and drop off facilities, and supporting development.

This year Liverpool will welcome more than 57 vessels, with 100,000 passengers and crew, but the council wants to capitalise on the cruise boom by creating a state of the art passenger and baggage facility, complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point, to cater for Liverpool’s growing appeal in the cruise industry. The current terminal generates more than £7m a year to the city’s economy.

Now that the outline planning application for the new facility was approved by the council’s Planning Committee, in April, site preparation at Princes Dock, in Liverpool Waters, is expected to start in October 2018.

The council is also in the process of promoting a Harbour Revision Order through the Harbour Authority to remove the existing jetty and construct the new terminal.

Further planning applications could potentially include supplementary projects with a new 200 room hotel and 1,700+ multi-storey car park to enhance the city’s capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises, which can carry up to 3,600 passengers.

Liverpool Cruise Terminal

Since Liverpool Cruise Terminal opened in 2007, it has welcomed 355 cruise ships carrying over 700,000 international passengers and crew, generated £50m to the local economy with an additional 20m GT of shipping traffic to the River Mersey. Liverpool was named the UK’s best port of call three times in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and scooped Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015. In 2016, Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and Liverpool was one of just two English destinations they sailed in to. A showreel has now been produced promoting the city’s cruise offer. It can be viewed online at www.cruise-liverpool.com

The new cruise liner terminal project is promoted by Liverpool City Council with the support of the land donated by Peel Holding (Land and Property) Ltd and the Harbour Authority, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Ltd, to assist with obtaining the necessary Marine Works Licences and the Harbour Revision Order needed to construct the new Cruise Terminal in the river Mersey.

Regeneration in Liverpool

Liverpool is enjoying an era of unprecedented growth. In 2019 the city is on schedule to welcome more than £1bn investment in regeneration schemes for a record breaking 5th successive year. Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration Department is currently managing £14bn of projects that are either on site or in the pipeline. Central to this activity is the growth of the Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone, at the heart of which is the Paddington Village scheme.

For more information please go to: www.regeneratingliverpool.com

For more information, please contact Michael Doran at Liverpool City Council Newscentre on 0151 233 0074 or 07801453918.

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By Mersey Maritime

ARE YOU AN SME THAT NEEDS BUSINESS SUPPORT TO GROW?

Mersey Maritime is offering the opportunity for 6 SME businesses to access tailored business support through the ERDF New Markets 2 programme

In line with Mersey Maritime’s aspirations to help start-ups and SME’s within the Liverpool City Region to grow and flourish, over the last 8 years they have provided support to over a hundred small businesses with the support of various funding schemes. Over the last 2 years, Mersey Maritime has supported 19 businesses through New Markets 2 resulting in the creation of 81 jobs in the last year alone.

What’s on offer?

New Markets 2 allows small businesses to access funding to provide business analysis, tailored support and opportunities to help their business grow, including:

  • Research and development
  • Product/service development & diversification
  • Marketing
  • Supply chain development
  • Export development
  • Business introductions

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the New Markets 2 programme, you must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be a SME within the maritime and logistics sector
  • Operate within the Liverpool City Region
  • Employ a minimum of 10 employees with plans to grow
  • Evidence through company accounts 20% growth over the past 3 years
  • Have an innovative product or service they plan to bring to market

*Further eligibility checks will be required.

How do SME’s get involved?

For more information about the programme and how to get involved please contact Suzanne Fulton, Suzanne.fulton@merseymaritime.co.uk/ 0151 231 2957 or Cathy Robinson, cathy.robinson@merseymaritime.co.uk

 

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Member of the Month: Accu-Right Engineering Ltd

Picture: Accu-Right Representatives collecting 2 awards at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018

From a standing start four years ago engineers-turned-entrepreneurs David Morley and Stuart Smith, along with accountant Lee Smith, are now enjoying rapid business growth, serving a blue-chip client base and making a major contribution to the UK’s energy efficiency drive.

Lee, also owner of city centre accountancy practice DBS Corporate, manages the administration and financial side of the business while David and Stuart focus on bringing in new business.

Like so many people who start their own businesses, David and Stuart were unhappy in their jobs and decided to branch out on their own – establishing Accu-Right Engineering, focusing on the maintenance of pumps, gear boxes and fans in industrial facilities.

Upward curve

Based in Regent Road in the heart of Liverpool’s docklands, the firm is now on an expansion drive that will see its workforce double to around 30 people and has just made a major acquisition that will will potentially grow its customer base by a significant margin.

And its rapid and continued growth was recognised in March at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018. In front of a 450-strong audience, Accu-Right scooped two accolades – Business of the Year and Engineering Company of the Year.

A few weeks later David addressed a Mersey Maritime Face2Face networking event and told those assembled: “We are available to our customers 24 hours a days, 365 days a year. We are growing and there is a bright future ahead for us.”

Vital components

Pumps, gear boxes and fans are ubiquitous in the UK’s industrial landscape and are vital components in the smooth running of multiple sectors, including food and chemical production, utilities and oil and gas.

Keeping track of the numbers and condition of such machinery is an onerous task for any company, which is where Accu-Right comes in. They will catalogue, monitor, maintain and often replace equipment.

They will not only ensure an industrial facility can keep running smoothly around the clock but also massively improve the energy efficiency of complex operations. Given that around 70% of energy usage is industrial, the impact Accu-Right’s work can have on the UK’s energy efficiency, and its CO2 emissions, is immense.

It is no wonder than that Accu-Right’s client base includes industrial giants such as chemicals producer Ineos and Ports operator Peel Ports.

Major acquisition

Now the firm has acquired another company that will help take its expansion on to a new level. Accu-Right has bought Warrington-based Rotating Maintenance Services, which was founded around 40 years ago.

Lee said: “The business houses sophisticated pump-testing facilities and means Accu-Right can now, for the first time, test pumps in-house. We can test both standard and submersible pumps, which are in frequent use by the utility and energy companies that have pumps operating under water.

“It opens up a whole new client base right across the UK and will mean the headcount at Accu-Right is set to grow with new people set to join the company.”

He added that international expansion is also on the cards. The firm already sells pumps overseas and is now looking at setting up a base in the Middle East.

In the space of just four years it has established itself

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Cammell Laird steps up bid to grab slice of £16bn Heathrow third runway project

Shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird is stepping up its bid to provide pre-assembly facilities for the proposed £16bn third runway at Heathrow Airport.

The Birkenhead business is on a 65-strong UK-wide shortlist, along with the Port of Liverpool, from which four locations will eventually be selected.

A high-level delegation form Heathrow has visited Cammell Laird in the past few days to take a closer look at the two sites the company has put forward – Campbeltown Road and the MEA Park Wirral Waters in Beaufort Road.

Site visits
The tour is visiting each location in the first half of 2018 ahead of opening a pre-qualification questionnaire process later this year, with contract awards expected in 2019, should the Government give the third runway the go-ahead.

Cammell Laird energy division managing director, Jonathan Brown, said the firm was able to bring heavyweight political support to the visit, a key factor in Heathrow’s requirements.

“We believe we have a very strong bid and to have the Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, LEP chair Asif Hamid and chief executive Mark Basnett plus Wirral Council’s leader Phil Davies here to present to the delegation underlined just how serious we are,” he said.

“Heathrow’s expansion is a nationally significant project and we want to secure a role for our business and for the Liverpool city region. Few other companies can match our history, innovation, highly skilled workforce, supply chain, facilities and coastal location.

“We have a proven track record of being the primary contractor on major multi-million pound projects such as the RRS Sir David Attenborough polar ship.
“Our bid is fully supported by our partnership with Peel and its ports and logistics infrastructure on Merseyside.”

Regional backing
Merseyside’s business community is already firmly behind the bid as Heathrow has pledged a £10m fund to support regional air routes. A hub link to Heathrow is top of Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s wish-list.

Despite indicating it favours the third runway, the Government has still to make a final decision. Brexit is dominating the its agenda and the Conservatives failure to secure an overall majority in the General Election also complicates the issue.

Mr Brown added: “During the visit we were able to showcase three prime strengths that really makes our bid stand out. First, ours is a bid rooted in expertise and experience. We are not a start-up, our proposal is an extension of the services we already provide. Second, is skills.

“We took the delegation to the Engineering College, neighbouring the Cammell Laird site, and demonstrated the quality of skilled workers and training provision that the region already has in place.

“In addition, we were able to show how we could support the skills legacy of the project providing cutting edge training and creating jobs for the future.

“Our third strength is Liverpool city region’s commitment to become ‘the place’ that specialises in offsite modular construction in-line with UK’s Industrial Strategy.”

Member of the Month: Fort Recruitment
Video: Firetrace saves the day after blaze at manufacturing firm
Leasowe Castle marks 100th anniversary of First World War maritime tragedy that claimed 85 lives
Mersey Maritime members play key role in developing ‘smart’ football boot
Stream Marine Training establishes new base at Wirral Waters
Liverpool Cruise Terminal set for record summer as 25 vessels arrive in June and July
Steam Tug Kerne recognised in the Queens Honours List 2018
Mersey Maritime seeks representatives for the ‘Members Board’
WORK BEGINS ON LIVERPOOL’S NEW CRUISE TERMINAL
ARE YOU AN SME THAT NEEDS BUSINESS SUPPORT TO GROW?
Member of the Month: Accu-Right Engineering Ltd
Cammell Laird steps up bid to grab slice of £16bn Heathrow third runway project