Maritime business offers BAE staff a different future

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A THRIVING maritime business in Port Solent is offering staff at BAE Systems’ ship building business a way to secure their future.

It was September 2008 when marine entrepreneur Jonny Boys bought the old Vosper Thornycroft site in Portchester.

Fast forward to 2012, and Trafalgar Wharf has hundreds of boat owners, super yachts and marine-based businesses creating a thriving economic hub.

With millions of pounds of investment, from an indoor DryStack to offices and workshops, the transformed infrastructure has ensured the creation of dozens of new jobs. There are also plans to expand the site, add new buildings, a cafe or restaurant and a new pontoon.

And now Jonny wants to help others be as much of a success as he has become.

There is a threat hanging over the future of engineers working for BAE Systems in Portsmouth Naval Base as there is a shortfall in ship orders after the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers are completed in 2014.

And Jonny wants to help out. He said: ‘We have a dynamic working environment with more than 20 marine engineering businesses at Trafalgar.

‘And whilst the BAE outcome is unknown, it may be that people want to start their own venture irrespective of the outcome.

‘There are a couple of small workshops available at Trafalgar which may be ideal for small start-up companies.’

With the BAE announcement about the Portsmouth shipyard expected soon, now could be the time to make a breakthrough from what could be a nasty break-up.

Marine entrepreneurs in the making should contact Trafalgar Wharf.

Jonny added: ‘Trafalgar Wharf would be a good supportive environment and we’d be happy to try and help anyone making their own plans for the future.’