Cammell Laird boss saluted

Cammell Laird boss saluted

John Syvret John Syvret

JOHN Syvret, the man at the helm of Cammell Laird shipyard's renaissance, has been named Businessperson of the Year at a special awards ceremony.

The company's annual turnover has soared from £9m in 2002 to more than £100m at the present time and a successful diversified into wind power and nuclear engineering has been achieved.

Mr Syvret was presented with the DLA Piper award by office managing partner in Liverpool Philip Rooney, who told the audience: "Ship repair activities have gone from strength to strength and it was a matter of great pride for our winner when shipbuilding returned to the shipyard in 2012."

He said the company's financial performance was strong and provided a solid foundation for the future.

Mr Rooney added: "Our winner has ensured that the business has diversified, taking advantage of the expanding areas of offshore wind and nuclear to complement its moe traditional activities."

Mr Syvret insisted that the award was recognition of a company team effort.

Recent work completed at Cammell Laird's include the flight deck for the Royal Navy aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth 11 and a consignment of pylons for installation on wind farms in the Irish Sea.

In April Mr Syvret spoke of the company’s pride in taking on the main sponsorship for the Battle of the Atlantic 70th anniversary commemorations.

He said at the time: "We are immensely proud that Cammell Laird, which played a fundamental role in the Battle of the Atlantic and the Second World War, will be the main sponsor of this truly historic event."

He said the event was an opportunity for Britain to remember the sacrifice and supreme effort of a "lionhearted generation."

Following a series of setbacks shares in the shipyard were suspended early in 2001 and the receivers were called in.

By the time work had finished at the yard in July 2001 more than 1,300 Laird employees had lost their jobs. Cammel Laird shipyards in Birkenhead, Tyneside and Teesside were sold to Southampton-based shiprepairers A&P Group.

By early 2003 hundreds were back at the shipyard on refit contracts and two years later the revival of the yard took a major step forward when former Cammell Laird managers regained control of the historic complex.

John Syvret , then chief executive of the take-over group Northwestern Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders said at the time: "Those people who thought ship repair was on its knees are wrong."

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