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A city electrical firm supported by Green Port Hull has grown its workforce and boosted its annual turnover after signing the latest in a number of new deals.

Pearson Electrical Ltd has signed a framework agreement with RTS Wind Recruitment Ltd, bringing together the respective strengths of each organisation and enabling both to support future UK contracts.

This reciprocal personnel leasing cooperation agreement is one of three deals that Pearson Electrical, based in Pioneer Park, Clough Road, north Hull, has recently secured, resulting in a 25 per cent increase in its workforce – from 15 to 19 people – and boosting its annual turnover by 20 per cent.

The cooperation with RTS Wind Recruitment, of Savile Street, is a significant step for both parties, and will further enhance the combined service offering to the local and UK offshore sector.

Mark Pearson, managing director of Pearson Electrical, which three years ago was made up of just three employees, said: "Our company is growing at its fastest pace ever, thanks largely to our relationship with the Green Port Hull initiative, which has provided us with access to invaluable support, including help in securing unique industry-leading ISO accreditations.

"Given the size of the jobs we are now taking on, our average contracts team has also doubled in size, from five to ten engineers per initiative."

The Government plans to install a total of 3,000 North Sea wind turbines over the next seven years, in collaboration with partners such as A2SEA, with which Pearson Electrical already has established maintenance relationships.

In addition, Pearson Electrical has also agreed electrical installation and maintenance contracts with the City Cruises York tourist boat company, and the Parkol Marine Engineering trawler manufacturer, based in Whitby.

"It's not possible to predict exactly how much work the cooperation with RTS will bring to both parties, but we expect to be beefing up our operations in order to meet increased demand for electrical and maintenance services for the marine and renewable sectors," said Mr Pearson.

"Coupled with our new agreements with City Cruises York and Parkol, we expect to be very busy for some time to come, which is just fantastic."

All of this follows an arrangement Pearson Electrical agreed with Siemens Gamesa in February to provide maintenance work on vessels transporting its turbine blades from Green Port Hull to wind farms in the North Sea.

Pearson Electrical entered a framework agreement with A2SEA – one of the world's leading operators of vessels and equipment for turbine installation – that same month.

A2SEA was looking for a Hull firm to conduct electrical repair work on its turbine installation vessels being used to install Siemens Gamesa components on the 402MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

Pearson Electrical has built up 30 years' specialist experience in the marine, industrial and hazardous area sectors, and the ISO accreditations it recently achieved with the help of funding from Green Port Hull has opened the door to some of its biggest framework agreements, including the RTS Wind Recruitment arrangement.

Terry Bubb, recruitment manager for RTS Wind Recruitment, said: "We're pleased to have entered into a reciprocal cooperation with Pearson.

"RTS Wind Recruitment is a subsidiary of RTS Wind Ltd, a leading provider of installation and maintenance services to key customers both in the onshore and offshore sector.

"The UK remains a key focus to RTS and we shall continue to invest in our operational organisation and forge new relationships with key partners.

"We look forward to working together with Pearson in providing high-quality and cost-effective services."

With an investment totalling about £26m, the Green Port Growth Programme, supported by the Regional Growth Fund, is designed to provide continual support to help local businesses recognise and embrace potential opportunities in the renewables sector.

The programme has been delivering support for employment and skills since 2012, with the aim of developing strength within the local engineering and manufacturing workforce.

Dawn Hall, project manager for the initiative's business support team, said: "Pearson Electrical is a fantastic example of what local businesses can achieve if they embrace the support we offer – from initial business diagnostics to advice on everything from internal systems to marketing.

"It is our mission to ensure local businesses benefit as much as possible from renewable energy investment in our region, and it is great to see high-quality firms like this benefiting in the form of exponential growth."

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