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Portsmouth shipbuilding never had a chance

20th August 2014 - 09:16 GMT | by Tim Fish in London

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Efforts by the UK’s Portsmouth Shipbuilding – a consortium of marine consultancies and local businesses – to keep shipbuilding operations alive in the city were doomed to failure from the start.

According to Sarah Stanton, project director of Stanton Burdett, one of the firms involved in the consortium, they receive ‘no support from central or local government because unknown to us the decision had already been made to close the shipyard permanently’.

On 13 August Portsmouth Shipbuilding announced that its bid to keep a sustainable shipbuilding company operating in Portsmouth had failed after ten months of lobbying the government to …

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