Lincoln planning firm to open branch in Trinidad and Tobago
A planning firm from Lincoln is opening a branch in the Caribbean.
Globe Consultants, in Westgate, will operate from a second office in Port of Spain – the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The move comes as the business amps up its activity in the area.
It has already completed a project to help revolutionise the twin-island state's urban design system across its 14 regions.
And it expects to submit tenders for five more Government projects by the end of June.
The expansion will see the formation of a new company, Globe Consultants (Caribbean) Ltd.
Director Steve Kemp said the move was a sign of the firm's proactive approach to business during challenging conditions.
"We want to start off small and then as jobs come in start to expand it," he said.
"It's a risk but so is sitting here and waiting for things to pick up in the UK. It's very exciting for us."
Mr Kemp added he was not aware of any other Lincoln planning firms operating overseas.
"I think in this area it's pretty unique," he said.
"I don't think there is anyone else in the planning sector that is working on significant international projects.
"It is mainly firms in London that are doing that."
Globe will take on an associate in Trinidad to co-ordinate links between the two offices.
The company will work closely with partners in both Lincolnshire and the Caribbean on future contract bids. Most significant of these is a scheme to establish new frameworks and policies for a national park in Trinidad.
The firm is working with Lincolnshire social enterprise Hill Holt Wood to advise on how the project could help tackle wider problems.
Training programmes for disadvantaged young people and operations in an environmentally sustainable model could both play a part.
Charlotte Kemp, business development associate at Globe, said a large amount of groundwork had allowed the business to grow its presence in the Caribbean.
"The feeling that it's building and the hard work is coming together is really exciting," she said.
"Setting up this branch allows us to be even more proactive."
Globe hopes to be a key player in Trinidad and Tobago's economic development.
The nation aims to reduce its reliance on its dwindling fossil fuel supplies and improve its self-sufficiency.
Globe intends to work on new ports and ship-maintenance facilities, which could be critical to the nation's future prosperity.
It also hopes to build on the work it has already completed and produce an equivalent to the UK's recently-launched National Planning Policy Framework.
This outlines reforms that would allow for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.