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MARINE: Sector Focus

The UK has the largest marine sector in Europe. With a turnover of £37 billion PER ANNUM and employing more than a quarter of a million people, the sector is highly successful in key export markets.   With a turnover of £10.8 billion in 2004, the marine sector in the South East represents more than 20% of the UK marine industry, and the South East is the most important marine region in the UK.  

The sector includes activities in leisure marine, commercial and offshore equipment, ports and shipping, marine services and contracting, ship building and repair, trade associations, research, education and training.

The sector is dominated by small firms, with 95% of marine companies in the region being small and medium-sized enterprises and 50% with five or less employees. There are a small number of large firms that dominate in employment terms, these are concentrated in sub-sectors like shipbuilding, oil, defence and leisure marine.  

The South East marine industry grew its turnover by 27% between 1995 and 2004, compared with 19% growth for the national industry.  

About Marine South East  

Marine South East works to facilitate significant growth in the South East Marine global market share.   Marine South East works to:

  • tackle critical issues affecting marine businesses in the region;
  • sponsor key events in the South East – including Schools Marine Challenge, Portsmouth Inward Mission of Buyers, and SeaWork;
  • inform members – with a monthly email service communicating the latest news and opportunities direct to your desk.  

www.marinesoutheast.co.uk an information hub for marine businesses in the South East that includes:

  • a searchable database of marine companies in the region to help you find products and services;
  • the latest research and technical reports;
  • tender opportunities in the UK and overseas;
  • links to business support agencies and other useful contacts.  

If you are a marine business based in the South East, then membership is free  

Contact Marine South East, Chilworth Business Incubator 2 Venture Road, Chilworth Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NP   T +44 (0) 2380 766751 F +44 (0) 2380 763701

Author: Marine South East

Created Date: 10-11-2006


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