Joining green network to help companies find their place in the sun
A HULL commercial property professional has been linking up with "green" experts to ensure businesses take full advantage of the anticipated renewables boom.
Ever since plans for Green Port Hull were first unveiled in 2010, firms and workers across East Yorkshire and beyond have been gearing up for a green bonanza.
The plans include Siemens' proposed wind turbine facility in Alexandra Dock and, for the past two years, savvy businesses have been looking at how they can tap into potential supply chains.
These have ranged from large manufacturers to small engineering firms, however many other companies have been looking at how they can fit into Hull's plans to become a "green" city.
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PPH Commercial has been working with Renewables Network to see how they too can help attract firms to the area and help create jobs.
Ben Medhurst, of PPH Commercial, said: "We are looking to take advantage of the renewables sector, and have been working with Renewables Network to see how we can capitalise on that.
"Sam Pick has been particularly helpful in helping us to identify how we can achieve this.
"There is activity in the market place, however a lot of businesses are sitting on their hands waiting for an announcement from Siemens.
"However, there are a number of firms that are being proactive."
One east Hull business park whose green credentials have been central to its development has already attracted a growing European renewables business.
Perpetum Sun, along with its sister company Middlegate Europe, are the latest companies to join the Marfleet Environmental Technology Park in Hedon Road in a transaction handled by Mr Medhurst.
Perpetum Sun is a fast-growing solar business that has enabled companies across Europe to harness energy from the sun, including Oriel Printing in Bontoft Avenue and Middlegate's own premises at Marfleet.
The multi-million pound move to Marfleet has already created about 15 jobs and this figure is set to grow as the company continues to invest in the site.
Owner and CEO Kim Notman said: "Middlegate is a green logistics firm and we believe in green technology.
"This is why we have installed solar panels on all of our warehouses, and why we are looking to invest £20m in Perpetum Sun over the next two years."
The Marfleet Environmental Technology Park on the former Humbrol Site in Hedon Road, east Hull, has been developed by Warmsale – an associated company of Stoneferry Estates and Innovating Space Ltd.
The consortium first unveiled plans to transform the 9.5 acre site into a high-tech "green" park in September 2010.
Planners approved the proposals, which included the construction of ten industrial units and solar panels generating about ten per cent of the £15.8 million development's energy requirements, in November 2010.
From its initial conception, the site was designed to include "green" technology and developers said this, along with its location near to the proposed Green Port Hull development, made it an ideal location for renewable and high tech companies looking to capitalise on the city's renewables boom.
Mr Medhurst said: "Middlegate and Perpetum Sun have been great to work with, very professional and they know exactly what they want.
"Their arrival has already prompted further construction at Marfleet Environmental Technology Park, which is great news for the area."