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NICK TAYLOR Investment Manager for

Scarborough Borough Council

Scarborough Borough Council oversees the region for the benefit of the people who elect them, and together with other leading lights from the industry, presented a collective enthusiasm which came over in such a positive way that we thought it warranted a visit to Scarborough to learn more.

We met up with Borough Councillors Peter Popple and Derek Bastiman (both Portfolio Holders within the council) as well as Nick Taylor (Investment Manager). Nick gave us a comprehensive overview of what Scarborough Borough Council has to offer, how it meets the needs of the people, and particularly how the borough will embrace the opportunities which present themselves in the wind energy industry.

We also revisited Whitby to speak to Martin Willis (Harbourmaster for both Scarborough and Whitby) and later visited the Whitby Fishing School where Anne Hornigold runs an exciting training organisation.

So featured here are the people involved – we hope you enjoy reading the information as much as we did collecting it.

NICK’S BRIEF: To encourage inward investment for Scarborough Borough which includes Whitby, Scarborough and Filey, and indeed stretches from the border of Teesside through Sandsend almost to Bridlington and also covers inland to include the North York Moors National Park.

Nick explained “The area which was strongly associated with tourism, needed a new direction. The Renaissance Programme, brought in some time ago has moved Scarborough to a much more 365 days a year economy rather than a very seasonal destination, which pretty much struggled out of the normal summer season. Tourist businesses are now more geared towards all year round trade.”

“We have already encouraged digital industries and sophisticated light engineering businesses into the area and also invested in a new shopping centre. My particular remit is to get everyone communicating and working together. We can then use representatives from these companies to act as ambassadors for the region.” Nick enthused.

Nick continued “The next step is to improve the low salaries often related to tourism and the fishing industry and also work with the educators within the area. They have shown good support for the initiative and joined in, but we have to help them more. Heads of schools have got involved so that they know what the skills gaps are likely to be in the future.”

Nick also explained the importance of how the borough is perceived “We believe we have already changed the perception of Scarborough Borough and through the continuation of our networking and communication efforts we can only see things improving more.”

“We have won accolades both nationally and in Europe and people have really seen the worth of what we are trying to do.” Nick was proud to point out. He moved on to say “The coming of the wind energy business now presents a wonderful opportunity to move forward with considerable speed and embrace this potential for the whole area. It ticks all the boxes – green energy, massive investment and high salaried sustainable work for a great number of people.”

Wind Energy NETWORK


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