Desty Marine

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Desty Marine's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Desty Marine is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.destymarine.com

BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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Our greatest issue: the
Construction Industry Scheme
The greatest issue within the sector is
the Construction Industry Scheme, a
loophole that enables individuals to
minimise tax payments on earnings
and NI contributions. It also functions
as a way to avoid contractual
obligations to personnel injury and
negligence. British coffers have lost
millions by losing contracts to unfair
competition in this way.
More recently, major contracts
involving tunnels have been awarded to
European contractors who have been
proven not to have the skills necessary
to execute the projects. Often, these
contractors will subcontract to others
who do not contribute to British tax
income through CIS.
Providing for a booming
population
In the UK, the population will increase
to 77 million by 2050. This will cause
significant growth in many cities,
and major infrastructure projects are
needed to meet this new demand.
This needs to be co-ordinated across
governments to ensure that projects
are not started and soon abandoned.
The level of skilled labour available
has significantly dropped within the
industrial and construction sectors.
This is primarily because of the lack of
training made available to those who
have showed interest in the area. This
is generally covered by a large influx
of cheap labour coming from abroad.
Perhaps in some industries, recruitment
issues can be solved by sourcing skilled
personnel from around the world,
but this will always be a short-term
fix. We need to address our own
domesticshortages.
Efforts to alleviate this have failed in
many cases. Replacing apprenticeships
with college-based training has often
not worked. Many people will not
achieve the necessary grades to attend
training in the first place. I, however,
have employed hundreds of such
young people, and many have now
become leaders within the company.
Young people need hope and to be
shown that academic skills are not
everything. Learning vocational skills
can be just as valuable.
Health and safety is given far more
attention than the need to train
younger generations. There are now
more enterprises in the UK than ever
before involved in creating new ways
of extracting money from companies
under the guise of health and safety. If
a cost comparison were done between
training our youth and policing the
workplace, it would be astounding.
Health and safety is an essential part
of the construction industry and a
necessary part of everyone’s lives, but it
simply cannot be allowed to takeover.
Providing younger generations with the
necessary education and experience to
meet this growing demand ought to
be a national priority. We will continue
to play our part in assisting this effort
and are confident that if these steps are
taken, we will be ready for whatever
developments the future may bring.
Governments
should be held
accountable
for their
actions, just as
company
directors are
removed if they
underperform
We must relight the
flames of our industries
and make our own tools
to sell to the world
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Managing Director Neil Desty
Desty Marine are based at Hamble
Point Marina and Gosport, Hampshire
Desty Marine offer complete project management solutions
and cover all aspects of marine customisation including
customised paint application for major manufacturers
and private individuals, glass-reinforced plastic repairs, interior
alterations and general yacht maintenance. Based in Hamble and
Gosport, they work across the globe but endeavour to use UK
labour and materials, part of their commitment to supporting
their local area. Desty Marine conduct a large amount of in-
house training and have developed fundamental training
programmes to develop the skills of their employees. Managing
Director Neil Desty tells
The Parliamentary Review
more.
Based in Hamble, with another site in Gosport opened in 2015, we deal with all
aspects of marine customisation, repairs and maintenance. With four generations
of experience behind us, we are still a family-owned and run business. We work
with private yacht and powerboat owners alongside world-leading manufacturers
and are approved by companies such as Sunseeker, Princess, Oyster and J/Boats to
carry out all manner of repairs and custom paint work. We are also recommended
as one of the leading insurance repair centres by marine insurance companies and
surveyors worldwide.
With our headquarters at Hamble Point Marina, we have truly world-class facilities:
two main workshops of over 10,000 square feet, a purpose-built 120-foot spray
booth and a separate 3,000-square foot joinery workshop. The business expanded
rapidly in the 2000s under my leadership, with our workforce growing from four to
70 skilled staff members.
FACTS ABOUT
DESTY MARINE
»Managing Director: Neil Desty
»Established in 1994
»Based in Hamble and Gosport,
Hampshire
»Services: Marine customisation,
repairs and maintenance
»No. of employees: 70
Desty Marine
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
26 | DESTY MARINE
Covering all aspects of a
project
A key element of our best practice is
our versatility: we undertake all aspects
of construction and repair. We take
on jobs and projects that many others
simply can’t or won’t. We deliver
turnkey solutions, and this is a key
reason why manufacturers choose to
work with us. One of the priorities for
any manufacturer carrying out repairs
is to reduce hassle as much as possible,
and we excel at this. We provide
a complete service: the lifting, the
setting-up of the work environment,
the carrying-out of the works and
the relaunch of vessels. We provide
complete project management, and
the only input manufacturers have
to deal with is the invoice. This has
been central to our success and has
supported our work around the world.
We have established a relationship
with shipyards in Hong Kong,
Spain, Russia, the USA and many
moreglobally.
Everything is shipped from our central
store, and all of our employees are
sent from the UK. We use UK-trained
labour, allowing us to ensure quality
as using unknown local labour can
often be inconsistent and lead to
unacceptable workmanship standards.
Desty Marine is a UK company, using
UK services and skills, operating on
the global platform. Our use of UK
tradesmen, companies and materials
is indicative of our support for the
localarea.
We do not advertise, and our business
is built upon repeat interactions with
private and manufacturing customers,
recommendations and our long-term
relationships with global brands. We
maintain the loyalty of our customers
through the quality of our work and
our ability to always deliver on time
and on budget. This is supported by
our extensive experience, and as the
sector has changed, especially with the
size of vessels increasing, we have kept
pace. A lot of traditional companies do
not have the experience to deal with
these ever-increasing larger composite
vessels, but our experience and skill in
this area really helps to set us apart.
Because of the level of customisation
that larger composite vessels require,
a lot of the work that we undertake is
essentially research and development.
We have been pioneers in new
techniques and finishes; the size of our
business allows us to experiment with
these new methods enabling us to
retain good working relationships with
manufacturers and private clients.
We are approved by
major players in the
sector such as Princess,
Sunseeker, J/Boats and
Oyster
Desty Marine
is a UK
company,
operating on
the global
platform
27DESTY MARINE |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The need to train the next
generation
Because of our commitment to using
UK-based skilled labour, one of our
greatest issues is sourcing enough
workers. We conduct a large amount
of training in-house largely out of
necessity; there simply aren’t any
suitable courses that cover our areas of
expertise and variety of skill sets. We
have developed foundational training
programmes, set key milestones and
ensured that every trainee works
alongside more experienced members
of staff. While this provides a solution
in the short to medium term, one
of the biggest challenges we face is
bringing in the next generation of
skilled workers.
Trade courses taught at colleges are
antiquated and refer to out-of-date
practices, and so everyone, including
the larger manufacturing companies,
are having to resort to in-house
training. This can lead to funding
issues; delivering this training is not
cheap, and we would like to see more
support given to companies who are
training the workforce of the future.
We upskill all of our workers and feel
that this should be supported.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit
and our future relationship with the
EU has left us unable to plan too far
into the future. We have been asked
by the manufacturers we work with to
share our planning, but we have been
unable to form anything concrete in
the current climate.
We are also looking to expand by
acquiring another site to continue and
sustain our growth, but suitable sites
are very limited.
We have identified two sites which
we are trying to secure. By expanding
our physical presence, it will allow us
to target the servicing of super yachts
with purpose-built facilities. This is a
fast-growing part of the market and
an area in which we can deploy our
expertise effectively.
We have
developed
foundational
training
programmes, set
key milestones
and ensured that
every trainee
works alongside
more
experienced
members of
staff
From our two
10,000-square foot
workshops, we carry out
a vast range of repair
and custom paint work
for our clients
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
26 | DESTY MARINE
Covering all aspects of a
project
A key element of our best practice is
our versatility: we undertake all aspects
of construction and repair. We take
on jobs and projects that many others
simply can’t or won’t. We deliver
turnkey solutions, and this is a key
reason why manufacturers choose to
work with us. One of the priorities for
any manufacturer carrying out repairs
is to reduce hassle as much as possible,
and we excel at this. We provide
a complete service: the lifting, the
setting-up of the work environment,
the carrying-out of the works and
the relaunch of vessels. We provide
complete project management, and
the only input manufacturers have
to deal with is the invoice. This has
been central to our success and has
supported our work around the world.
We have established a relationship
with shipyards in Hong Kong,
Spain, Russia, the USA and many
moreglobally.
Everything is shipped from our central
store, and all of our employees are
sent from the UK. We use UK-trained
labour, allowing us to ensure quality
as using unknown local labour can
often be inconsistent and lead to
unacceptable workmanship standards.
Desty Marine is a UK company, using
UK services and skills, operating on
the global platform. Our use of UK
tradesmen, companies and materials
is indicative of our support for the
localarea.
We do not advertise, and our business
is built upon repeat interactions with
private and manufacturing customers,
recommendations and our long-term
relationships with global brands. We
maintain the loyalty of our customers
through the quality of our work and
our ability to always deliver on time
and on budget. This is supported by
our extensive experience, and as the
sector has changed, especially with the
size of vessels increasing, we have kept
pace. A lot of traditional companies do
not have the experience to deal with
these ever-increasing larger composite
vessels, but our experience and skill in
this area really helps to set us apart.
Because of the level of customisation
that larger composite vessels require,
a lot of the work that we undertake is
essentially research and development.
We have been pioneers in new
techniques and finishes; the size of our
business allows us to experiment with
these new methods enabling us to
retain good working relationships with
manufacturers and private clients.
We are approved by
major players in the
sector such as Princess,
Sunseeker, J/Boats and
Oyster
Desty Marine
is a UK
company,
operating on
the global
platform
27DESTY MARINE |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
The need to train the next
generation
Because of our commitment to using
UK-based skilled labour, one of our
greatest issues is sourcing enough
workers. We conduct a large amount
of training in-house largely out of
necessity; there simply aren’t any
suitable courses that cover our areas of
expertise and variety of skill sets. We
have developed foundational training
programmes, set key milestones and
ensured that every trainee works
alongside more experienced members
of staff. While this provides a solution
in the short to medium term, one
of the biggest challenges we face is
bringing in the next generation of
skilled workers.
Trade courses taught at colleges are
antiquated and refer to out-of-date
practices, and so everyone, including
the larger manufacturing companies,
are having to resort to in-house
training. This can lead to funding
issues; delivering this training is not
cheap, and we would like to see more
support given to companies who are
training the workforce of the future.
We upskill all of our workers and feel
that this should be supported.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit
and our future relationship with the
EU has left us unable to plan too far
into the future. We have been asked
by the manufacturers we work with to
share our planning, but we have been
unable to form anything concrete in
the current climate.
We are also looking to expand by
acquiring another site to continue and
sustain our growth, but suitable sites
are very limited.
We have identified two sites which
we are trying to secure. By expanding
our physical presence, it will allow us
to target the servicing of super yachts
with purpose-built facilities. This is a
fast-growing part of the market and
an area in which we can deploy our
expertise effectively.
We have
developed
foundational
training
programmes, set
key milestones
and ensured that
every trainee
works alongside
more
experienced
members of
staff
From our two
10,000-square foot
workshops, we carry out
a vast range of repair
and custom paint work
for our clients

www.destymarine.com

This article was sponsored by Desty Marine. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster