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Yacht firm to create 350 new jobs

Sunseeker is the largest privately-owned builder of motor yachts

A luxury motor yacht maker has won approval for a multi-million pound expansion which will create 350 jobs.

Sunseeker International wants to increase its base at Osprey Quay in Portland, Dorset, which is too small for the production of modern yachts.

The proposal, which includes a new boat building facility, won approval from Dorset council on Wednesday.

Sunseeker, based in Poole, is the world's largest privately-owned builder of motor yachts employing 1,800 staff.

Ian Jolliffe, general manager at Sunseeker, said: "We are absolutely delighted the planning approval has been given.

"The programme is going to cost between 7m and 8m and take between 12 and 18 months but it will be a tremendous expansion.

"It will enable us to produce a whole range of boats which will have a knock-on impact on the amount of people, and type of people, that are going to be employed here."


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