Briggs secures £100m share of MoD contract

A BURNTISLAND company is in line to win a £100 million share of a huge Ministry of Defence contract which will create 60 new jobs in the area.

Briggs Marine Contractors will provide marine support as part of the 1billion contract to be awarded to Serco Denholm.

Serco Denholm has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Future Provision of Marine Services contract.

Due to run over 15 years, it will involve the delivery of marine support at major UK Naval bases in Portsmouth, Devonport and the Clyde.

Briggs will lend support for the maintenance and repair of buoys and moorings for the Navy around the UK and in the Mediterranean.

New jobs could include marine management roles, administration and shore side support such as fabrication, welding and painting.

Managing director Collieson Briggs said: "We are very pleased with the news so far. The company is looking to increase the workforce in the next 12 months and this is partly down to the MoD contract.

"It is a very prestigious contract on which we have been working with Serco Denholm over the last two years.

"We are hoping it will open the door for other opportunities within the MoD as well."

Robin Briggs, chairman of the Briggs Group said: "I am delighted that Serco Denholm has been awarded preferred bidder for the marine services contract.

"We have a long association with Serco Denholm and we can now look forward to developing the relationship and exploring new opportunities."

The news of new jobs was welcomed by local Councillor George Kay.

He said: "It is wonderful news for Burntisland.

"It is great to see more jobs being created in the area and I am pleased to see it is a local firm that's doing it."