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An East Yorkshire surveying firm specialising in wind farms has seen work double in the past year after securing a new staff member.

Latitude Surveys, based in Melton, wanted to increase its work opportunities in the renewables sector. To do this, it needed to recruit a new surveyor and invest in additional equipment, so more work would be taken on in-house rather than subcontracted.

The company enrolled with the Green Port Growth Programme in August 2014 and applied for financial support to fund the new kit. After securing funding in October 2014, a new land surveyor was appointed in November. Since then Latitude Surveys has seen projects and profits increase by 100 per cent.

Gary Cunningham, Managing Director of Latitude Surveys, explains:

“We are currently contracting with ADAS, undertaking surveys on farmland for the installation of wind turbines and solar panels. We are also working with Local Transport Projects in surveying access routes for turbine blades. This wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t taken on an additional team member. Latitude Surveys is now undertaking the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment (CHAS) accreditation and reviewing opportunities for taking on an additional staff member in 2016.”

Dawn Hall, project manager for Green Port Growth Programme’s Business Support strand, added:

“Latitude Surveys is one of 200 businesses to register with the Green Port Growth Business Support Strand, and one of 100 that have received significant support. This has been through funding, advice and attending our workshops. For businesses that want to make sure they’re not missing out on opportunities, they can join our supplier directory, which aims to provide information to the renewables industry on the region’s suppliers, products and services.

“We are also planning two new workshops covering social media and ports and logistics, and would encourage businesses to sign up and come along.”

The Green Port Growth Programme has been created to establish East Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy and is supported by the Regional Growth Fund.