Sunseeker 'looking at boatbuilding base in Southampton' - but it will not affect Poole operations

Sunseeker 'looking at boatbuilding base in Southampton' - but it will not affect Poole operations

Sunseeker 'looking at boatbuilding base in Southampton' - but it will not affect Poole operations

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SUNSEEKER have revealed they are looking at possible expansion sites in Southampton.

And while bosses say there are no imminent plans for the new boatbuilding base, a move to Southampton could surface as part of the company’s “long term” expansion plan.

The potential new base would not affect Sunseeker’s current operations in Poole.

Sunseeker boats have featured in a number of James Bond films since 1999, including Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

The firm, which counts Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen and Dragons Den millionaire Theo Paphitis among its clients, is based in Poole, where it employs 2,300 staff.

The £300m-valued company has a number of yachts, including the new 75 and Sport 101 models, on display at the London Boat Show.

Its vessels can be as large as 155ft long, while its most expensive currently markets for £22m – excluding tax.

And with business continuing to boom, company chiefs are casting their eyes across the south coast to look for a new site.

In its search, Sunseeker has looked into a number of sites in Southampton, including part of the former Vosper Thornycroft site in Woolston.

The firm’s managing director, Stewart Mcintyre, says the company has sufficient building capacity in its current facilities, and is not looking to expand in the next few years.

But that picture may change as Sunseeker looks for sites which could facilitate the building of its biggest vessels.

He said: “Our interest has been to find out what is happening in Southampton, from Mayflower Park all the way across to Centenary Quay, but I think at the moment due to the demands we took in 2013, including work at our threeacre site in Poole, for the foreseeable future we will be remaining within our existing real estate.

“But we have space restrictions for building bigger boats in Poole, and clearly the sites in Southampton have capacity for building bigger boats.

“We are open minded as to the future and are keeping our eye on real estate that is suitable for yacht building in the south coast, and we have had discussions with the city council in Southampton and different developers in the area.

“But this is part of a longer term plan for us.”

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9:13am Wed 8 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

sooner the better explains
why we are paid in platters
low minimum wages
good bye
sooner the better explains why we are paid in platters low minimum wages good bye nickynoodah
  • Score: -4

9:17am Wed 8 Jan 14

Teddy 1 says...

Is this the start?
Is this the start? Teddy 1
  • Score: 2

10:33am Wed 8 Jan 14

Marcus James says...

This is the start....
Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole.
You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina.
The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole.
I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic.
If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense.
If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area.
Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand.
A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield.
You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry.
This is the start.... Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole. You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina. The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole. I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic. If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense. If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area. Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand. A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield. You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry. Marcus James
  • Score: 7

10:40am Wed 8 Jan 14

Townee says...

I'm sure that China has a lot of space for development and in time they will be built in China at a much cheaper price no matter what was said when it was taken over.
I hope not because it's nice to dream when you see all the nice boat down at the quay.
I'm sure that China has a lot of space for development and in time they will be built in China at a much cheaper price no matter what was said when it was taken over. I hope not because it's nice to dream when you see all the nice boat down at the quay. Townee
  • Score: 1

10:51am Wed 8 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
Is this the start?
Doubtless! The slow boat to China, just calling at Southampton en route.....

Nothing else makes any sense - the harsh reality is that Poole will loose this firm eventually.
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: Is this the start?[/p][/quote]Doubtless! The slow boat to China, just calling at Southampton en route..... Nothing else makes any sense - the harsh reality is that Poole will loose this firm eventually. muscliffman
  • Score: 6

11:00am Wed 8 Jan 14

mightyturbo says...

I doubt the operation will move to China. People pay big bucks for the brand and the craftsmanship. It's like moving Ferrari to the Far East?

This isn't mass manufacturing where cheap labour and lower raw material costs can be beneficial, certainly not beneficial enough to move continents that’s for sure.

Bespoke manufacturing of this kind will almost certainly remain on these shores.
I doubt the operation will move to China. People pay big bucks for the brand and the craftsmanship. It's like moving Ferrari to the Far East? This isn't mass manufacturing where cheap labour and lower raw material costs can be beneficial, certainly not beneficial enough to move continents that’s for sure. Bespoke manufacturing of this kind will almost certainly remain on these shores. mightyturbo
  • Score: 4

12:16pm Wed 8 Jan 14

thedarkerside says...

nickynoodah wrote:
sooner the better explains
why we are paid in platters
low minimum wages
good bye
low minimum wages???

Obviously you don't work there, the minimum wage in this country is £6.31, and that is way below the average rate at the company, never mind the rate the top guys on the shop floor earn..

But you feel free to try and make a point that has no point!!
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: sooner the better explains why we are paid in platters low minimum wages good bye[/p][/quote]low minimum wages??? Obviously you don't work there, the minimum wage in this country is £6.31, and that is way below the average rate at the company, never mind the rate the top guys on the shop floor earn.. But you feel free to try and make a point that has no point!! thedarkerside
  • Score: 7

12:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

Why don't they move to Portland port?
Why don't they move to Portland port? Isosceles
  • Score: -1

12:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dorsetgills says...

nickynoodah wrote:
sooner the better explains
why we are paid in platters
low minimum wages
good bye
Really I worked there for a while and when I did my starting wage was £11.51
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: sooner the better explains why we are paid in platters low minimum wages good bye[/p][/quote]Really I worked there for a while and when I did my starting wage was £11.51 dorsetgills
  • Score: 10

1:20pm Wed 8 Jan 14

thedarkerside says...

Isosceles wrote:
Why don't they move to Portland port?
Sunseeker already have a site in Portland, they build some of their biggest yachts there!
[quote][p][bold]Isosceles[/bold] wrote: Why don't they move to Portland port?[/p][/quote]Sunseeker already have a site in Portland, they build some of their biggest yachts there! thedarkerside
  • Score: 5

1:35pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Cordite says...

Marcus James wrote:
This is the start....
Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole.
You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina.
The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole.
I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic.
If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense.
If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area.
Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand.
A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield.
You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry.
Couldn't agree more.

It seems that Poole Council and others are intent on removing all manufacturing from the harbour front - it spoils their view.

Southampton has lots of room for development, deep water berths, good roads and a larger skill base to recruit from.
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: This is the start.... Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole. You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina. The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole. I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic. If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense. If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area. Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand. A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield. You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. It seems that Poole Council and others are intent on removing all manufacturing from the harbour front - it spoils their view. Southampton has lots of room for development, deep water berths, good roads and a larger skill base to recruit from. Cordite
  • Score: 6

1:47pm Wed 8 Jan 14

chiefwolf2 says...

Marcus James wrote:
This is the start....
Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole.
You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina.
The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole.
I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic.
If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense.
If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area.
Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand.
A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield.
You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry.
Totally agree.............. The VP site absolutely idea for them too....it wont be long before they move out of Poole completely... Poole council had there chance to allow Sunseeker or other Marine industries to develop/ expand onto the Power Station Site - this would have given Poole an agglomeration economy for the Marine industry - pretty much securing its future in Poole.... but did they listen???? NO..... housing housing housing and where is it then?????? housing could have gone anywhere but Marine Industries are best next to the water!!!!! Another POB c*ck up
[quote][p][bold]Marcus James[/bold] wrote: This is the start.... Set up the base in Southampton, makes complete sense as they won’t have to deal with the joke that is Poole Council and also the old stuffy PHC and their equally self-important numerous self-appointed groups around Poole who all think they should shape the future of Poole. You only have to look at the mess with MDL and PHC over the new proposed Marina. The sooner that people realise that investment and money is what drives change, the sooner we will get investment into Poole. I am not advocating that people and companies with the biggest bank balance should choose the future of Poole but I think the key point here is that people must be realistic. If you produce and harbour an environment which makes development and growth difficult then quite simply people and business will go elsewhere. It is just logical and common sense. If you look at what Poole has to offer which is some of the very best in terms of desirability and the potential then you must assist companies willing to invest in the area. Sunseeker are not stupid, the Braithwaite’s honourably through their links to the South-Coast kept Poole as their base. The land that the workshops now sit on are prime spots of land and Sunseeker is a British Brand not a Poole Brand. A new facility will help Sunseeker two fold – why? Because no doubt Southampton and other councils are open and welcoming of new business and development opportunities. Secondly Hampshire offers a much larger pool of talented workforce from the locality and further afield. You only have to look at Bournemouth at the moment and see the number of building projects under way, look at the investment that is taking place there. At a time when every council needs to generate income we should be looking to keep and maintain the relationships we have with industry.[/p][/quote]Totally agree.............. The VP site absolutely idea for them too....it wont be long before they move out of Poole completely... Poole council had there chance to allow Sunseeker or other Marine industries to develop/ expand onto the Power Station Site - this would have given Poole an agglomeration economy for the Marine industry - pretty much securing its future in Poole.... but did they listen???? NO..... housing housing housing and where is it then?????? housing could have gone anywhere but Marine Industries are best next to the water!!!!! Another POB c*ck up chiefwolf2
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

Slightly odd for Sunseeker to make this announcement unless it is setting the seeds for a bigger announcement later.
.
A move to Southampton would make sense. Southampton & Portsmouth have been awarded £millions to spend on economic development under the governments City Deal programme. Southampton has the money to offer incentives to Sunseeker to relocate to the city - what can Poole offer to encourage them to stay ?
Slightly odd for Sunseeker to make this announcement unless it is setting the seeds for a bigger announcement later. . A move to Southampton would make sense. Southampton & Portsmouth have been awarded £millions to spend on economic development under the governments City Deal programme. Southampton has the money to offer incentives to Sunseeker to relocate to the city - what can Poole offer to encourage them to stay ? BmthNewshound
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

I'm sure I read a note in a National paper some time ago that Sunseeker were already setting up a manufacturing site in China?
I'm sure I read a note in a National paper some time ago that Sunseeker were already setting up a manufacturing site in China? Gastines3
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Marcus James says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Slightly odd for Sunseeker to make this announcement unless it is setting the seeds for a bigger announcement later.
.
A move to Southampton would make sense. Southampton & Portsmouth have been awarded £millions to spend on economic development under the governments City Deal programme. Southampton has the money to offer incentives to Sunseeker to relocate to the city - what can Poole offer to encourage them to stay ?
What can Poole offer indeed:::
A bunch of old doddery self-important wannabee's who establish groups and societies with memberships in the hundreds and then make statements that they represent the view of the residents of Poole!
They do not represent the People of Poole; they represent a small minority who do not want to see change or progress.
These same people have nothing else to offer, they don't have the financial backing or any alternative for how the area can move forward.
If they had their way nothing would happen, nothing new would be built and no one would change
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Slightly odd for Sunseeker to make this announcement unless it is setting the seeds for a bigger announcement later. . A move to Southampton would make sense. Southampton & Portsmouth have been awarded £millions to spend on economic development under the governments City Deal programme. Southampton has the money to offer incentives to Sunseeker to relocate to the city - what can Poole offer to encourage them to stay ?[/p][/quote]What can Poole offer indeed::: A bunch of old doddery self-important wannabee's who establish groups and societies with memberships in the hundreds and then make statements that they represent the view of the residents of Poole! They do not represent the People of Poole; they represent a small minority who do not want to see change or progress. These same people have nothing else to offer, they don't have the financial backing or any alternative for how the area can move forward. If they had their way nothing would happen, nothing new would be built and no one would change Marcus James
  • Score: 3

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