TRG Wind's move to Hull shows faith in Energy Estuary

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Mar 2017

A rapidly expanding wind turbine support company has stepped up its investment in Hull after deciding to move its head office there.

TRG Wind has registered its premises at Tower House Lane Business Park as the head office in a move managing director David Elcombe says is all about building for the future.

The move follows the company's success in winning the small business category at the Humber Renewables Awards 2017 – and it will soon outgrow the category limit of 50 employees.

It also comes at a time when Siemens Wind Power has agreed in principle the proposal to relocate its wind power training facilities from a site in Newcastle to Hull.

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Mr Elcombe said: "TRG Wind has grown dramatically since we launched the company less than three years ago and the focal point for expansion now is in Hull, even though we only moved to the city last June."We are building strong partnerships in Hull with the businesses community generally and the renewables sector in particular, which is growing very quickly following the investment of Siemens.

"We have good access through the Port of Hull to Dogger Bank, one of the largest wind zones in the UK, and to central Europe where we carry out much of our work."

Staff at TRG Wind's office in Bromley, Kent, will retain their logistics and finance roles in support of the company's ongoing expansion, which is being driven from Hull.

Mr Elcombe said: "We have identified a good supply of local talent in the Hull and Humber area, which will help our recruitment as we continue to expand, and we have also identified potential partners who can help us train our workforce.

"Siemens themselves have confirmed plans to move their wind power training facility to Hull, and that is a further indication of the city's progress and potential as a centre for the renewables industry.

"We are investing in providing work for people in and around Hull and we are also investing in property, renting accommodation for our management and staff as they spend more time in the city."

The Renewables Awards are organised by the Hull Daily Mail, with Siemens as headline sponsors.

Hull business telecommunications specialist Cobus Communications sponsored the small business category, with managing director Mike Smith presenting the award to Mr Elcombe and his field operations director Jim Overton.

Mr Elcombe said: "We were all thrilled to win the award because we see it as recognition of our efforts so far and as a challenge to continue to improve in the future."The success of the awards and the support which they have secured over the past six years is evidence that the Hull and Humber region is the place to be for companies operating in renewables in the UK.

"A quarter of our staff of almost 50, from trainee to director level, live in Hull even though we employ people from 11 countries.

"We plan to continue to expand in the region, creating jobs and providing true, local support to the Humber wind industry."

TRG Wind opened its first Hull office in June last year and is now operating in more than 20 countries, with engineers currently working in South Africa and throughout Europe.

Turnover reached £1.5m during TRG's first year, and the company expects to report growth of 150 per cent for 2016 with continuing success to follow.

The company was formed in London in 2014 by individuals who brought together experience in onshore and offshore wind in partnership with specialists from the finance and recruitment sectors.

The company provides supervision, inspection and installation services to wind turbine manufacturers and operators to ensure the highest standards of quality and safety in constructing, commissioning and maintaining turbines.

The proposal to relocate its wind power training facilities from the current Siemens plc site in Newcastle, to the Siemens Wind Power Ltd site in Hull, has been agreed in principle by the board of Siemens Wind Power, following a seven-week feasibility study.

Guy Dorrell, of Siemens Wind Power Ltd, said: "The consolidation of facilities on to one site makes operational and financial sense.

"It also reinforces Siemens Wind Power's commitment to giving staff opportunities for training and development within the business, and the industry."

Mr Dorrell said staff affected by the plan to move will be offered the chance to relocate, or to seek redeployment within the business.

"Relocation of the training centre is anticipated to take place in late summer, with the new facility beginning to deliver an extended range of courses from October 2017," said Mr Dorrell.

The training facilities for Siemens plc's Fossil Power business, also based in Newcastle, remain unaffected.

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