Newcastle is securing itself as an important UK and European Maritime Hub.
Newcastle received its first Super Yacht visit in 2014, when the 55m MY Sovereign moored on the city’s quayside. The Tyne is known historically for the shipbuilding expertise on its banks rather than the luxury yacht industry. However, WRS Tech has seen through its clients and skilled candidates based in the region that Newcastle Upon Tyne has some clear strategic operational advantages. As an area known for low overheads and a high quality of life, Newcastle attracts some very good Marine and Offshore talent, and is able to offer excellent services and projects for the Marine and Offshore Technology industries.
Although the famous shipyards of the River Tyne have declines, the infrastructure and skilled labour has remained. The city is home to many premium commercial shipping companies, maritime experts and wealth management companies. In 2014, Barclays opened a 35,000 square foot Wealth & Investment Management office on the Newcastle quayside, incorporating a team of both private and corporate bankers.
As a focal point for maritime training, the region is home to the South Shields Marine School, where thousands of seafarers attend short courses, conduct apprenticeship training and use modern simulators – on some of the finest facilities – to enhance their maritime careers.
Manufacturers of the Awlgrip superyacht paint and associated products range, have a £100 million state-of-the-art research and development factory, focusing on marine and protective coatings on the banks of the River Tyne. Just five miles away is the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Large Yacht Division (‘Ensign’) – the office where all UK yacht and yachting industry regulations are drafted and issued.
WRS Tech is based in between Portsmouth and Southampton in the South of England, close to air, sea, rail and road links. WRS Tech benefits in being sandwiched between the UK’s two premier maritime cities and a short trip from London.
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