Expanding Personnel Company moves into Offshore Renewables Hub

Techplus Ltd at Orbis Energy Centre, (from left), Les Dawson, Jon Reynolds, Josh Armes and Ian Dawson. Pic by TMS Media

A specialist engineering personnel company, which is expanding its workload and services, has moved into a prestigious offshore renewable energy hub to help it grow in the future.

Using years of expertise among its founding directors, Techplus launched in March 2017 as a bespoke engineering personnel company for the energy and construction sectors.

Now leading a recruitment drive, and basing itself at OrbisEnergy at Lowestoft, it has set its sights on increasing its range of services in 2018.

Commercial Director Ian Dawson said: “We are expanding because of our expertise in the industries we serve and our strong network of contacts, which ensures we get the right people for the right projects. We have hired a Personnel Coordinator and will have a Senior Project Manager joining by the end of the year.

“The need for new premises became clear and OrbisEnergy is ideal – because we share the building with a mix of related energy and offshore engineering companies. With access to business support and networking, and scope to expand in the future, it is a great place for start-ups and SMES to be.”

Techplus’s other Directors Jon Reynolds and Les Dawson both have years of experience in the oil, gas and utility sectors. Their knowledge enables them to assess the needs of recruiting companies and match them to the right workers for the project.  They have helped place a range of white and blue collar workers from project managers to offshore technicians.

Techplus is adding to its accreditations (ISO 14001 environmental and OHSAS 18001 health and safety) so it can add electrical engineering services and work scopes as well as just personnel. Its growth is also being helped by a grant from the SCORE team, which encourages innovation and enterprise in the offshore renewables sector.

There are more than 68 tenant companies based at OrbisEnergy, ranging from major wind farm developers and operators to jack-up, logistics, recruitment and other support companies. They all use the building’s shared facilities and support services, meeting rooms, networking and access to advice, grant funding and investment.

OrbisEnergy’s Business Development lead Jonathan Reynolds said: “We are delighted to welcome Techplus on their move into OrbisEnergy and look forward to supporting their future growth.  It is always encouraging to see dynamic young businesses expanding and hope that we’ll be supporting Techplus in the future with even more space as they grow.”

“The continued growth of OrbisEnergy and our ever-expanding network of tenants reflects the buoyant nature of the offshore renewables sector here in the East. Having supported more than 160 tenants and incubated some of the industry’s biggest names in the region’s offshore wind supply chain, it’s great to have such a varied range of businesses based here, benefiting from our support and from being able to work with each other.”

Find out more out OrbisEnergy, the office space and services it can offer at www.orbisenergy.co.uk, email orbisenergy@nwes.org.uk or call Katie Snell on 01502 563368.

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Katie Snell

Having worked within the property department for 9 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the majority of the Nwes sites in the Norfolk and Waveney area. For the last 2.5 years I have been based at OrbisEnergy and more recently as Senior Coordinator overlooking the renewable hub and team.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Centre Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

Matthew Holden

Matt’s role is Technical Support Manager, his main duty is leading the European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing Project (ECOWindS, www.ecowinds.eu) on behalf of Nwes. In addition to ECOWindS Matt’s role is provide support for the property team and to carry out specific project work.

John Balch

John is Managing Director of Nautilus, Director of Nwes and Hub Director of OrbisEnergy and Beacon Innovation Centre. He is a mechanical engineer and has broad experience gained over 40 years in the international offshore industry.

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