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AERIAL SURVEYING


FROM DIVING TO FULL


We met up with Mark Whitehead, Sales & Marketing Manager at Hughes Sub Surface Engineering (Hughes SSE), a company which specialises in diving services but has diversified into a one-stop- shop offering a wide range of services for the industry.


Hughes SSE is a company which provides a turnkey service for clients and customers saving time and therefore money by bringing together services like rope access and ROV work.


INVESTMENT


The company has secured work on some large projects like Gwynt y Môr, A greater than £2billion project consisting of 160 turbines situated in Liverpool Bay just off the coast of North Wales and invested the returns into the company so that they were able to grow considerably over the past few years.


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That was so successful that Mark, along with his team, went on to open two diving and sailing centres attached to The City Of Liverpool College. This was where he met Ian Hughes whilst training some of his team. Ian employed Mark in the technical department at Hughes SSE to assist in creating a system which ensured efficiency in looking after the equipment used in projects.


OPERATIONAL SERVICES


HUMBLE BEGINNINGS When asked what the aims of the company were Mark spoke about why Ian Hughes (Managing Director) had originally offered just inshore diving and civil engineering services, but has moved quickly into what the company is today with a philosophy of offering what his clients and customers want and at the high standards required.


BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Mark went on to say that the company’s future focus is breaking into the European wind and oil & gas markets and beyond with no limit on just how large the company will become.


With a full time staff of 32 working out of offices in Merseyside, Middlesex and Aberdeen the company has already grown substantially in the 10 years of operation.


Survey work is also now being offered since the company have just recently purchased their own survey vessel MV Cerys Line.


PERSONAL BACKGROUND


Mark’s background is in education through his interest in diving and sailing where he began as an instructor. This then blossomed into a social enterprise set-up to give under-privileged young people opportunities and life skills. This allowed Mark to work with people from all different walks of life.


SOCIAL MEDIA


As with most companies Hughes SSE is using social media to help the company communicate on many different levels. Mark however impressed the importance of using the right platform within the right area and went on to explain how he is developing Twitter accounts for senior staff to be used to help communication further in management roles.


INDUSTRY VISION


Mark is passionate about the renewables industry and has witnessed massive advances, particularly in the areas of safety and cost reductions and therefore has no doubts about the company’s future development and expansion.


Ian identified a greater awareness in his new recruit and made the decision to move him into a more involved development and marketing role so Mark went on to oversee the re-branding of the company and now oversees the marketing vision for the future.


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