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The SMS Group outlines expansion plans at Southampton port

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A new cruise project ‘comes on the back of many months of hard work’ says The SMS Group's head of business development Darren Smith
The SMS Group is expanding at Associated British Ports (ABP) Southampton to include new tooling, equipment and temporary storage space while increasing office space and headcount.

Describing its FY21/22 period as starting ‘with a particularly buoyant first six weeks,’ Dan Lockyer, head of Interiors said, ‘Whilst our growth was foreseeable, and very much in line with our business plan it does create obvious challenges. We need more space, more equipment, and more resources.’

He added, ‘It’s great to see the business moving into simultaneous, turnkey delivery whilst maintaining our ethos of “cradle to grave” project management. We all genuinely believe that’s our USP, that’s what sets us apart.’

‘Major cruise project’

It coincides with the company being awarded a ‘sizeable...major cruise project,’ according to Darren Smith, head of business development, The SMS Group who joined the company one month ago, and ‘comes on the back of many months of hard work.’

Combined with other recent contract wins, he added the ‘revenue makes up a sizable portion of our annual budget…’

Dan Lockyer, head of interiors commented, ‘Our growth also impacts our supply chain, all of which have been tremendously supportive. I’d like to go on the record with a big ‘thank you’ to all our suppliers.’ 

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