Clancy teams up with social enterprise to support wind energy investment

CLANCY has revealed it is working with Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SBMC) to support the transportation of wind turbine blades and components across south west Scotland.

SBMC – which provides jobs for armed forces veterans learning to live with a disability or injury or trying to adapt to civilian life following service – provides engineering, road sign manufacturing, and print services.

The social enterprise has contracted Clancy Traffic Management to provide Variable Message Signs (VMS) to support its work with wind energy client Vattenfall, which is transporting turbine components from ports in Ayr and Glasgow to South Kyle Wind Farm.

With 64-metre-long blades, these components are being transported under escort and in convoy. The ability to alter road signs quickly with Clancy’s VMS service means the developer can keep local communities and other road users informed of any changes to the delivery schedule.

The partnership builds on Clancy’s commitment to supporting members of armed forces communities. The business was recognised with a Silver Award from the Armed Forces Covenant in 2021 for its support for veterans, reservists, spouses, and cadet volunteers.  Clancy guarantees to interview ex-service personnel with transferrable skills and offers special leave policies for serving reservists.

Gary Moore, associate director at Clancy, explained, “Decarbonisation is becoming increasingly critical to improving the UK’s energy security and significant work is needed over the coming years to develop and retrofit our infrastructure. The materials for that infrastructure will all need to be transported in a way that minimises risk to safety and cost and Clancy is proud to deliver the Variable Message Signs to help Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company and its client to do just that.

“With the progress and successes we’ve seen as part of our pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant over the past three years, we’re excited to be supporting SBMC and the social value which the not-for-profit is delivering in Scotland.”

Robert Lappin, assistant director at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, added, “People who leave the armed forces, whether it’s due to injury, disability or other personal or professional reasons, hold a wealth of transferable skills and qualities. As the construction and manufacturing sectors – and many others – struggle with skills shortages, the quality of our work demonstrates why recruiting from a diverse talent pool and investing in that talent is so important – unlocking an often over-looked, yet experienced and valuable part of the workforce. We’re pleased to be working with Clancy, an organisation which shares that belief in and commitment to the ex-service community.”