Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has met with Shoreham Port bosses to discuss future growth plans for the busy industrial area.
Given the economic important of the port to the local area, Mike was keen to meet with the management team and was given a tour by Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive of Shoreham Port. Rodney and Mike discussed the wide impact that Shoreham Port has on the local area and how future projects will boost employment both directly and indirectly over the coming years.
Commenting, Mike said: We are incredibly fortunate in Hove and Portslade to have a busy and important port that continues to bring jobs to our area. I found it really useful to chat with Rodney and his team, who have an excellent vision for the future of the port. I will continue to work with Shoreham Port to help ensure that this economic hub continues to grow financially.
Peter Davies, Development Director of Shoreham Port said: Shoreham Port Authority have increased staff numbers over the last three years as business has grown and now employ directly 91 people. There are also another 1400 jobs on the port in the 70 businesses based here. People work in a wide range of industries and in both small and large companies.
Peter added: The development schemes identified in Port Masterplan are expected to generate up to another 500 jobs over the next few years. Despite the difficult economic climate we have seen job growth in existing firms and new businesses move on to the port. The largest job growth has been due to the opening of the Parker Steel processing plant with 50 people taken on this year and another 150 planned. The port is an attractive location for businesses and an important part of the Brighton & Hove economy, offering affordable space near the city centre and able to accommodate firms with special requirements such as those in waste and environmental technologies.