Specialist electrical services company Sims Systems has opened a new headquarters in Great Yarmouth to cope with increased demand and to chase new opportunities in the onshore and offshore energy sectors.
The firm has built its reputation supplying and servicing navigation aids to the oil and gas industry as well as standby and emergency power systems to the same operators and other major clients across the UK.
Sims Systems through its parent company has invested heavily in establishing the new base in Riverside, Gorleston, to create more workshop and office space and to target the burgeoning offshore windfarm business.
The new premises were officially opened by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis who said he was delighted to see the growth and success of a local business with such a long history.
"Here you have amazing technology, expertise, brilliance and forward thinking. The work you do and the business you bring in is vital for the entire region."
The business started nearly 30 years ago but became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Pharos Marine Group in 2003 and now enjoys a turnover of nearly £3m with a 21-strong workforce.
Managing director Owen James said: “We outgrew our previous site in Lowestoft where we were working to capacity. Now we have vastly increased space we can pursue new business and are strategically placed at the heart of what is the hub of the energy industry.
"We also want to raise our profile and believe that the established reputation of our Pharos products and the service and support skills of the Sims’ team built over decades is an unbeatable combination."
"These are exciting times. We intend further growth and, as the business develops, we need to develop personnel in our specialist skills. This means enhancing our existing relationships with Lowestoft College and City College Norwich, as well as other local training bodies, as we engage and upskill more young local people on apprenticeship schemes and further technical training for our highly specialised and safety critical business areas."