Hull firm lands contract with marine engineers thanks to 'post-Brexit optimisim and growing fish stocks'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Aug 2017

A Hull electrical firm has joined forces with a Whitby marine engineering firm to help them cope with a spike in demand.

Pearson Electrical Limited has secured the contract with Parkol Marine Engineering following post-Brexit optimism in the industry.

The Whitby firm usually builds two boats a year but is already on its third vessel in 2017, so bosses have enlisted the Hull specialists’ services to meet the growing demand.

Specialist marine and hazardous area electrical specialists, Pearson Electrical, has been drafted in by the boat-firm to help with maintenance and installs aboard their boats after business increased by around 50 per cent.

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Mark Pearson, owner and managing director of Pearson Electrical Limited, said: “We’re very appreciative that Parkol chose us to support their marine build and engineering activity.

“We’re very privileged to work with a number of well-established, reputable firms like them, which share our ethos and industry experience. Long may the current, favourable industry conditions reign for both our companies.”

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Pearson Electrical secured the contract due to its 30 years’ specialist experience in the marine, industrial and hazardous area sectors and has recently achieved ISO accreditations with the help of funding from Green Port Hull.

Parkol, which builds new boats, complete maintenance and install equipment, say they are booked in for build and maintenance work in 2018.

The firm says it has connected with Pearson Electrical in light of post-Brexit optimism, burgeoning fish stocks and positive trading conditions which it says has led to its busiest time ever.

Andrew Oliver, Parkol director and engineering manager, said: “We’re busier than we have ever been, and therefore we are having to subcontract out more.

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"The fishing industry is very buoyant at the moment, largely as a result of Brexit and the belief that we will regain control of more of our UK fishing grounds.

“Fish is bringing a better price too and, because the Euro remains relatively strong against the pound, it’s cheaper to export than it was.

“As a result of our growth, we decided to tender for an electrical company to help us manage builds, maintenance and refits.

"We considered electricians ranging from Hull up to Middlesbrough, which are our main marine supply sources. Pearson Electrical shone through for their friendly, reliable approach, backed by industry-leading accreditations.”

“We’re both hands-on, family-run companies too, and so there was a great synergy between our businesses and ethos, and it was just a natural fit.”

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