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UK SOUTH COAST INDUSTRIES ESTABLISH MARITIME ‘CLUSTER’

UK SOUTH COAST INDUSTRIES ESTABLISH MARITIME ‘CLUSTER’

Friday, September 17, 2021 

Maritime UK (MUK) Solent, a regional sector-based cluster and employer representative body for the English South Coast area which includes the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth, and the Isle of Wight, has been officially launched.

Anne-Marie Mountifield, MUK Solent Chair, Board Member on the National Council of Maritime UK, and CEO for the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: "The Solent's maritime cluster - a powerful £5.8bn economy responsible for 20% of our region's economic output - is key to our future prosperity and to levelling up our important coastal communities. Rich in maritime history, the Solent has long been the nation's global gateway and is ideally placed to maximise international trade opportunities and the green revolution of maritime. We've established Maritime UK Solent to promote and represent this world-class maritime cluster on an international stage to encourage investment, drive innovation, pioneer clean and green technology in the industry, and develop a talent base for future generations to thrive."

Maritime UK Solent has been operating throughout the pandemic to ensure the area's array of maritime assets are harnessed and promoted, and that the area continues to be at the forefront of pioneering developments. It convenes the area's key maritime stakeholders to champion the Solent as a leading maritime cluster and helps shape the future direction of the sector.

Mountifield said: "The Solent's maritime sector is a catalyst for economic recovery, and we've set out a clear path in our Maritime Economic Recovery Plan which looks towards new opportunities, charting a course to success for the regional maritime sector, showcasing the Solent's position as a global maritime hub and supporting the UK’s ambitions for global trade and green growth. I'm delighted to see our hard work behind the scenes coming together to benefit our region's maritime sector and coastal communities. Over the past year, we've established a strong network of people at the forefront of the Solent's maritime cluster and I'm delighted to hear the Government's announcement today that many collaborations working in the Solent maritime sector have been successful in bids to the Clean Maritime Demonstrator Competition for significant investment into green technology projects.

"Earlier this week, we launched the Solent Maritime Innovation Gateway - the result of a pioneering partnership with the Solent Maritime Enterprise Zone and Connected Places Catapult. This will create a single point of access and an enterprise approach which promotes the unique strengths of the Solent's maritime industries on a global stage. We also recently convened an event with Maritime UK which brought together local MPs with key industry figures to highlight how the Solent's maritime cluster is supporting the delivery of the Government's Ten Point Plan for A Green Industrial Revolution and explored how politicians, research and industry can work together to share expertise and deliver ambitions to ensure the maritime sector achieves net zero."

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