Newport housing firm to create 20 jobs

CREATING JOBS: Darran Watts, managing director of Green Hill

CREATING JOBS: Darran Watts, managing director of Green Hill

First published in Gwent news

A NEWPORT housing contractor said it is to create 20 jobs this year following the opening of a new timber frame manufacturing plant.

The jobs at Green Hill follow investment in staff training, technology and facilities, including the £1 million specialist timber frame facility opened by Business Minister Edwina Hart.

The Welsh Government backed the expansion with £146,650 from its economic growth fund.

Total staff numbers have already risen to 145, with 15 new jobs already created at the facility, based at its head office site in Esperanto Way, Newport.

Construction firm Green Hill was set up in 2006 to provide services to registered social landlords.

The firm predicts that its forecast turnover will rise this year by £8 million to £22 million.

Green Hill managing director Darran Watts said: “The funding provided helped us bridge a gap with finance for the purchase of equipment and plant, enabling us to create 15 new jobs in 2012 and potentially another 20 new jobs this year.”

He says the new facility means the firm can provide higherquality products that will speed up the construction process, helping housing associations deliver affordable quality homes. “Green Hill is committed to providing employment opportunities for our staff and trainees, apprentices and people returning to work – providing tangible benefits to the local community where we work,” he added. Ms Hart said: “Investments like this not only support the sector but also play an important part in delivering the homes we need here in Wales, now and in the future.”

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7:59pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Burning issues says...

Creating 20 local jobs? Please ask Mr Watts about the local carpenters his firm will be making redundant on 1st February to be replaced by outside contractors. What a boost to the local economy that will be.
Creating 20 local jobs? Please ask Mr Watts about the local carpenters his firm will be making redundant on 1st February to be replaced by outside contractors. What a boost to the local economy that will be. Burning issues
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10:47am Thu 24 Jan 13

barrie says...

Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant. barrie
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7:55pm Thu 24 Jan 13

exposeu says...

barrie wrote:
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately.
[quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.[/p][/quote]Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately. exposeu
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11:02am Fri 25 Jan 13

Burning issues says...

barrie wrote:
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
The company are are making the majority of it's carpenters redundant on their construction sites and replacing them with outside contractors. Therefore the creation of 20 jobs in Newport has to be compared to the number of local carpenters being made redundant.On the company's website it states that the company employs their workers directly, which contradicts what is actually happening on the construction sites.
[quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.[/p][/quote]The company are are making the majority of it's carpenters redundant on their construction sites and replacing them with outside contractors. Therefore the creation of 20 jobs in Newport has to be compared to the number of local carpenters being made redundant.On the company's website it states that the company employs their workers directly, which contradicts what is actually happening on the construction sites. Burning issues
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4:11pm Fri 25 Jan 13

barrie says...

Burning issues wrote:
barrie wrote:
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
The company are are making the majority of it's carpenters redundant on their construction sites and replacing them with outside contractors. Therefore the creation of 20 jobs in Newport has to be compared to the number of local carpenters being made redundant.On the company's website it states that the company employs their workers directly, which contradicts what is actually happening on the construction sites.
Thats pretty much what I said
[quote][p][bold]Burning issues[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.[/p][/quote]The company are are making the majority of it's carpenters redundant on their construction sites and replacing them with outside contractors. Therefore the creation of 20 jobs in Newport has to be compared to the number of local carpenters being made redundant.On the company's website it states that the company employs their workers directly, which contradicts what is actually happening on the construction sites.[/p][/quote]Thats pretty much what I said barrie
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4:17pm Fri 25 Jan 13

barrie says...

exposeu wrote:
barrie wrote:
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately.
I have no doubt of the integrity of the company.
You mention "Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanent staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors" yet the members of staff lad off were local (I believe permanent) staff and not sub contractors. This was what I meant by the net effect of the jobs.

I am nothing to do with the company, merely a tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]exposeu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.[/p][/quote]Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately.[/p][/quote]I have no doubt of the integrity of the company. You mention "Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanent staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors" yet the members of staff lad off were local (I believe permanent) staff and not sub contractors. This was what I meant by the net effect of the jobs. I am nothing to do with the company, merely a tax payer. barrie
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5:13pm Fri 25 Jan 13

barrie says...

*laid not lad
*laid not lad barrie
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9:39pm Fri 25 Jan 13

exposeu says...

barrie wrote:
exposeu wrote:
barrie wrote:
Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber.
I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment.
By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.
Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately.
I have no doubt of the integrity of the company.
You mention "Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanent staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors" yet the members of staff lad off were local (I believe permanent) staff and not sub contractors. This was what I meant by the net effect of the jobs.

I am nothing to do with the company, merely a tax payer.
Business Minister Edwina Hart and the Welsh Assembly backed the expansion of Green Hill and the creation of local permanant employment by subsidising the company to allow for growth and the creation of local jobs.The Grant which was £146,650 is for the sole purpose of supporting the local economy.Grants are repayable if the purpose for which they are given is breached.What you appear to be saying is that Green Hill applied for the grant on the basis that they would support the local community and employ local skilled permanant staff ,yet after a short space of time they have then laid these skilled staff off and taken on self employed sub-contractors.It is not uncommon for some companies to lay off permanant staff and take on self employed sub-contractors as they do not have to pay them sick leave ,annual leave or honour work conditions and commitments.Hence reducing their operating costs.You could always raise your concerns with the Welsh Assembly and ask them to explain their decision to award the grant from the public purse to this company.You all pay taxes and if Green Hill can not justify their actions I am sure Edwina Hart in these times of Austerity will ask for the grant to be repaid.
[quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exposeu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barrie[/bold] wrote: Also it seems strange that the new jobs are in timber framing and he is laying off carpenters who work with timber. I am assuming the grant received was on the proviso that jobs were created by the investment. By then laying off existing workers surely the net effect is the creation of far fewer jobs so not fulfilling any obligations that could be in place for the grant.[/p][/quote]Greenhill Construction are an up an coming construction company looking to build it's reputation within the social housing sector.I am sure they are working towards the best interest of all its permanant staff and treat all staff with respect and dignity.Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanant staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors and I am sure he would be happy to clarify the above comments .Greenhill in their developement schemes always act fairly and in the interest of staff and their clients.Those members of staff or ex-employees who feel there are issues that need to be raised should do so appropriately.[/p][/quote]I have no doubt of the integrity of the company. You mention "Mr Watts states that he as used the grant to employ local permanent staff and apprentices and not sub -contractors" yet the members of staff lad off were local (I believe permanent) staff and not sub contractors. This was what I meant by the net effect of the jobs. I am nothing to do with the company, merely a tax payer.[/p][/quote]Business Minister Edwina Hart and the Welsh Assembly backed the expansion of Green Hill and the creation of local permanant employment by subsidising the company to allow for growth and the creation of local jobs.The Grant which was £146,650 is for the sole purpose of supporting the local economy.Grants are repayable if the purpose for which they are given is breached.What you appear to be saying is that Green Hill applied for the grant on the basis that they would support the local community and employ local skilled permanant staff ,yet after a short space of time they have then laid these skilled staff off and taken on self employed sub-contractors.It is not uncommon for some companies to lay off permanant staff and take on self employed sub-contractors as they do not have to pay them sick leave ,annual leave or honour work conditions and commitments.Hence reducing their operating costs.You could always raise your concerns with the Welsh Assembly and ask them to explain their decision to award the grant from the public purse to this company.You all pay taxes and if Green Hill can not justify their actions I am sure Edwina Hart in these times of Austerity will ask for the grant to be repaid. exposeu
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