19 May 2014

North Wales Economy Boost With International Geo Business Relocation

Due to business growth around 50 jobs are being created in North Wales resulting from the oil and gas business consultancy Robertson.

The business Robertson was recently acquired by French company CGG GeoConsulting

The growth of the business is being helped with a £1m support package from the Welsh Government in order to safeguard the business location in Llandudno. As a result, it will be secured 242 jobs with 48 additional positions.

The first part of the implementation project will consist of laboratory facilities being relocated to Conwy Morfa Estate by the end of this current year, which in turn will create an opportunity for a redevelopment on the current office Robertson building where it has been based in Llandudno since the early 70s.

It was stated by the Economy Minister Edwina Hart: “Robertson operates in one of our priority economic sectors and is the largest private sector employer in Conwy providing a significant contribution to the local economy. I am pleased we are working with the company to maintain its presence in the area and secure its long-term future in Wales while also supporting the creation of new jobs and potential future expansion.

It was also stated by Dr Chris Burgess from Robertson: “Our current facilities date back to the 1970s and are in need of considerable modernisation, while the office layout within Tyn-y-Coed, a partly listed building, is no longer really appropriate for much of our work. These outdated facilities do not meet the standards expected by CGG which is proud of providing a modern working environment for its staff. It was felt new facilities were needed to fully exploit the synergies between Robertson services and existing CGG businesses. The new specialist laboratories are a first step in that direction and we anticipate moving by the end of the year. Our key aim is to secure the long-term future of Robertson in North Wales and we value the support from the Welsh Government in helping us to achieve these aims.

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28 April 2014

Wales Investment in SuperFast Broadband One of The Best In The World

Wales with the help of European investment is to have 96& of its homes and business with Next Generation Fibre Broadband 2016. 

It was announced by Wales Finance Minister Jane Hutt together with Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Ken Skates

The announced investment includes Superfast Cymru programme and BT’s with a total amount of around £425m.  Around £90m is directly from the European Regional Development Fund, from BT £220m, Welsh Government £58m and the UK Government with £57m. 

This investment accounts for the largest project of this type in the UK and will empower Wales to be proudly one of the best connected countries in the World. There is an interesting free event tomorrow which will discuss this development further, on the network.

It was stated by Finance Minister Jane Hutt: "Superfast Cymru, a partnership between the Welsh Government and BT, is taking fibre broadband to parts of Wales not covered by commercial plans. It will transform the broadband landscape across our country, ensuring we are at the forefront of the global digital economy in Europe. European investment has been absolutely crucial in enabling us to deliver this major project, and it means that by the end of spring 2016, 96% of premises in Wales will have access fast fibre broadband."

Ann Beynon, BT Director Wales, stated: “It’s very pleasing to see the Superfast Cymru programme making fantastic progress in connecting communities across Wales. In fact, the hard work and commitment of our engineers has meant that some areas are getting switched on to fibre broadband earlier than expected. “The roll out continues to gain momentum so many more communities can look forward to the benefits of superfast broadband in the weeks and months to come. The availability of high speed broadband is essential to consumers and businesses across Wales".

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