New jobs as 'green' firm ERM expands in Swansea
An environment consultancy firm is expanding its operation in Wales with plans to create up to 20 new jobs.
ERM, involved in the recent £350m regeneration of the former Ebbw Vale steelworks site, officially opened its new office in Swansea on Monday.
"We see this as a great place to do business," said Steve Matthews, ERM's managing partner.
Its clients include government, councils, Tata, Npower and Tesco.
The company, which has six other UK offices, has also been involved in providing impact assessments for the proposed Abernedd Power Station in Baglan, and in health and safety programmes at the South Hook LNG terminal in Milford Haven.
The move was welcomed by Business Minister Edwina Hart.
Ms Hart said energy and environment had been identified as key sectors in the Welsh economy with potential for high growth and the creation of green jobs.
"ERM joins an ever growing number of successful companies working in this sector in Wales," she said.
ERM said it was keen to form links with Welsh universities and colleges and employ graduates in Wales.
It also plans to work with local schools to raise awareness of environmental and sustainability issues and encourage pupils to consider careers in these sectors.