New company opens its doors

Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, talks to Steve Slack (Operations Manager); Rick McElveen (NI Manager); Mark Nipper (Director); Tom Moyse (Director) and Tommy Whittleton (Director) at the official opening of Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd. in Lisburn

Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, talks to Steve Slack (Operations Manager); Rick McElveen (NI Manager); Mark Nipper (Director); Tom Moyse (Director) and Tommy Whittleton (Director) at the official opening of Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd. in Lisburn

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Wescott Coatings and Training Services Ltd, which delivers a wide range of specialist surface preparation and industrial blasting and painting services, has opened its doors in Lisburn.

The company officially opened its premises at Rathdown Close, Lissue Industrial Estate.

It is focused on creating local jobs through offering accredited training courses, leading to progressive career opportunities.

Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said he wished Wescott every success in the future.

“We are very excited that Wescott has chosen Lisburn as the location of its Northern Ireland training facility,” he said.

“I acknowledge the vision this company has of creating employment opportunities and developing within our local economy mirrors the outlook of the Council.

“Wescott joins a long list of first-class businesses that have chosen Lisburn as their base.

“Lisburn is ideally located to reach a wide catchment of customers, suppliers and employees and is perfectly placed for trade both sides of the border, throughout Europe and indeed worldwide.

“As well as excellent infrastructure we have great schools, good broadband provision and a business-friendly support culture that operates throughout the Council and other local agencies.

“Wescott is a perfect example of a business seizing the opportunities that the renewable energy sector presents.”

Manager of the Northern Ireland division, Rick McElveen, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Lisburn, allowing them to enhance and further their career within the industrial blasting, painting services.

“This will give them a much sought-after accredited certificate enabling them to further their career as there is significant investment off the coast of Ireland in the Oil and Gas and Renewable Energies sector.

“I am delighted and proud to be part of a company that will support these individuals and I am keen to share my 30 years’ experience and knowledge (20 years in Harland & Wolff and 10 years in the off shore oil, gas and renewable energy sector).”