Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Pembrokeshire consultancy buys own premises

Published

on

PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED technical consultancy InSite Technical Services has completed the purchase of new premises at 1 Cleddau Bridge, Pembroke Dock.

This is an important milestone for the company, which has spent its first four years in serviced offices at the Bridge Innovation Centre, an incubation hub for new businesses. It now plans to move to the new premises, located opposite the Bridge Innovation Centre, at the end of March. The move is a result of the company’s dramatic growth. Founded after the closure of the Murco Pembrokeshire Oil Refinery, InSite has expanded from six founding directors in 2014 to its current workforce of 80, comprising a blend of full- and part-time employees, supporting contractors and associates. The company operates both locally and internationally, supplying engineering design, technical consultancy and operational services to the oil, gas, metals, chemicals, renewables, technology licensing and financial industries.

General Manager Jonathan Scarr said: “Due to our consistent growth over the past four years, we have outgrown our current premises.

“The Bridge Innovation Centre has been great at leasing additional office space to accommodate our requirements, but we have certainly stretched the intent of the incubation hub set-up, and it is time to move into our own place and spread our wings. By moving out we will be freeing up office space in the building that will allow other start-ups and growing companies to flourish.”

In order to continue serving its clients and reduce impact on its workforce, it was critical for the company to move to a building close to its current location.

Mr Scarr added: “The new premises are a mere stone’s throw away, so the location is ideal. The other major requirements were a modern purpose-built office building designed to a high specification, and sufficient space for future growth. Again, the premises over-performed on these criteria.”

In order to make the transition a smooth one, the company has created a steering committee that will plan both the refurbishment works to the new building and the actual relocation. The building is larger than InSite’s current required space, so they are also actively pursuing leasing arrangements.

Mr Scarr, who sees great potential in the new location, said: “We are in talks with a company which would be a good cultural fit with ourselves, to lease some of the surplus space.

“The main opportunities created by the move are obviously more room to grow, but also a chance to re-affirm our own identity as a company. The opportunity to change the physical appearance and configuration of the office interior will benefit the existing workforce, potential recruits and visiting clients.”

Mr Scarr added that the company has only been able to arrive at this point because of the support provided by the Bridge Innovation Centre, which is run by Pembrokeshire County Council.

“The serviced office environment was invaluable when we started out as it cut out a lot of the bureaucracy that would have come with an independent office such as long-term tenancy agreement, utility bills, internet, facilities and so on.

“We were able to move into a small office immediately and focus on winning work and delivering to clients. As we expanded, the building management team and the Council have been incredibly accommodating in offering us the additional space that we required. Without the flexible incubation hub, we would have struggled to grow as much as we have since inception four years ago.”

Continue Reading

News

Council’s cannon stolen from outside Cleddau Bridge Hotel

Published

on

A LARGE cannon has been stolen from the now closed Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock in the last few days.

A local councillor and the police have appealed for information which will lead to the safe return of the gun.

Ward councillor Joshua Beynon said: “Dyfed-Powys Police have just telephoned me to say they are investigating the cannon that was stolen from the former Cleddau Bridge Hotel. It is believed to have gone missing sometime between the evening of Wednesday 20th March to the morning of Thursday 21st March.”

The police said in a statement: “If anyone has any information then can I urge you to call the police on 101 and quote the crime number: DPP/0064/21/03/2019/01/C as soon as possible.”

The cannon, one of two dug up from the ground at Hobbs Point and later restored, used to stand outside Llanion Park, the former offices of South Pembrokeshire District Council, which is now the head office of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The canon is the property of Pembrokeshire County Council and was given to the hotel on loan.

The hotel’s management neglected to make arrangements for its return to the local authority on closing down.

Continue Reading

News

How to get a refund for unused Cleddau Bridge tickets after April 1

Published

on

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has announced details on how it plans to refund Cleddau Bridge users left with unused books of bridge tickets after it becomes toll-free.
From 1st April until 30th June refunds will be available from the Cleddau Bridge office itself and the North Wing Customer Service Centre in County Hall, Haverfordwest.
Refunds for all three classes of tickets will be available at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The classes are:

Class A blue-coloured tickets (for motorcycles)
Class B red tickets (cars and light commercial vehicles)
Class C orange tickets (HGVs).

Refunds at the office will be available round-the-clock from 12 noon on 1st April and will be paid – wherever possible – back to the original debit/credit cards up to a maximum of £150 with cash refunds up to £30.

Any refunds over £150 will be made by BACS transfer unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Only Class B red tickets will be refunded at the North Wing Customer Service Centre in Haverfordwest.

Here, refunds will be paid back to the original debit/credit card up to a maximum of £90 (ie three books of 50 tickets)

The maximum cash refund at this location will be £30 (ie one book of 50 tickets).

Refunds at the North Wing Customer Service Centre will be available weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and 2 pm until 5 pm.

Organisations which have previously purchased tickets with a value exceeding £400 will be contacted during the week commencing Monday, 25th March with instructions on how to reclaim their refunds on an appointment basis at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Paul Miller, said: “I am delighted to announce that bridge users who have unused tickets due to the cessation of tolls will be reimbursed and not find themselves out of pocket.”
Those who qualify for refunds are asked to wait a few days before making a claim so as to avoid a long wait. This particularly applies to refunds at the Cleddau Bridge office.

Continue Reading

News

Council issue ‘rave alert’ to farmers, landowners and local communities

Published

on

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, landowners and local communities to be on alert over the coming weekend (23rd and 24th March) for warning signs of any illegal raves planned for their land.

Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the police, especially if there are unusual numbers of vehicles – in particular, camper vans, vans or trucks – seen in the locality.

Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave, or people may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

Raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in and, if not dealt with swiftly, are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking up such events.

Anyone with concerns should call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant or Duty Inspector at Haverfordwest Police Station.

Alternatively, please call Pembrokeshire County Council’s out-of-hours service on 01437 775522.

Continue Reading
News1 day ago

Council’s cannon stolen from outside Cleddau Bridge Hotel

A LARGE cannon has been stolen from the now closed Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock in the last few...

News1 day ago

Council issue ‘rave alert’ to farmers, landowners and local communities

PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, landowners and local communities to be on alert over the coming...

News4 days ago

Over 1,000 Pembrokeshire people sign online Brexit petition

A PETITION calling to revoke Article 50 has been signed by over 1,000 people in Pembrokeshire, and approximately 770,000 people...

News4 days ago

Castlemartin range involved in major NATO exercise Joint Warrior

AMPHIBIOUS landings by the Royal Marines at the MOD’s Castlemartin range over the next few weeks will be part of...

News4 days ago

Puffins on Skomer and Skokholm on the earliest date since records began

IN THE LAST few days over 7,500 Puffins have arrived at Skokholm and over 5,000 on Skomer, the highest number...

News4 days ago

Protest to be held at Pembroke Dock Ferry Terminal

A PROTEST is being planned for this Saturday (Mar 23) for fishing rights in the country whilst the UK Government...

News5 days ago

Milford Haven: Man remanded in custody following Haven Hotel ‘attack’

A MILFORD HAVEN man has been remanded inro custody following a vicious attack at a public house in the town....

News5 days ago

Japanese dignitaries visit Pembrokeshire to study maritime heritage

JAPANESE visitors have been given unique insights into their long naval and maritime heritage connections with Pembrokeshire. In a visit...

News5 days ago

Petrol station could be demolished to make way for Costa Drive Thru

THE PETROL station at Withybush Retail Park could be demolished to make way for a Costa Coffee drive-thru. Milford Haven...

News6 days ago

Lemmy Best, 27, in court over Haven Hotel violence – five were injured

POLICE arrested a man who caused “mayhem” in a Milford Haven pub on Sunday evening (Mar 17). Police said that...

Popular This Week