Faststream Recruitment Group officially unveiled its new global headquarters in Southampton in an event held last night (21st June 2017).
Faststream’s founder and CEO Mark Charman launched the group’s new headquarters alongside Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping.
Faststream was established in 1999 and has been a firm fixture in Southampton ever since. The group has gone on to launch further international offices in North America and Asia, with its Southampton office remaining as its global headquarters and housing over 70 of its 100 worldwide staff.
(Pictured: Guy Platten, CEO UK Chamber of Shipping addressing guests)
The event was attended by many of Faststream’s clients alongside senior members of Faststream’s team. Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, was guest speaker at the event and gave a speech looking at the current climate of the Maritime industry in the UK and insight into some of the UK Chambers current initiatives.
Guy spoke about his focus on training a new generation of seafarers, saying: “Support for Maritime training in the UK was introduced in the late 1990’s at a time where 50% of the cost of training a seafarer was provided by the government. Now it is just 36%. We are asking the Government to double SMarT funding to £30m a year, as part of a proposal we call SMarT Plus. This will help us train more seafarers and our proposal will see shipowning companies guarantee the cadets they are training their first job on a minimum of a one year contract.” Guy added that “many major UK Maritime employers back the scheme, as do trade unions and MPs from across all parties, as well as major newspapers.”
At the launch event, Faststream CEO Mark Charman commented: “We are hugely proud of our achievements over the past 18 years and very excited about our new global Headquarters. Our new offices provide us with the very best in working environments for our staff and allow us to continue to grow the business. Our location in Southampton’s Town Quay area is steeped in Maritime history with views over the city's new cruise terminal and container port. We’d like to thank all of our guests who attended and extend our gratitude to Guy Platten for speaking at the event.”