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31 January 2020

Maritime UK South West: The South Coast Marine Cluster rebrands

Maritime UK South West - the South Coast Marine Cluster rebrands following partnership with Cornwall Marine Network

This week the South Coast Marine Cluster will rebrand as part of a collaboration with Cornwall Marine Network to form Maritime UK South West, becoming part of the national body Maritime UK.

Under a new format and tighter geography Maritime UK South West aims to ramp up its work with businesses and academia and bring together and promote the region’s maritime strengths, also creating stronger links between the SW sector and national government.

In order to create one strong body and voice for the region, Cornwall Marine Network will widen the support of Maritime UK South West. The network will contribute expertise in business growth support and demand-led skills to enable greater collaboration and support for business development across the region.

Jim Stewart, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, Chief Executive Port of Poole and South Coast Cluster Board Member, said: “The South Coast Marine Cluster has built a valuable regional network across business, research and the public sector. It creates the evidence and business cases to lever investment in our world class ocean economy and promotes these strengths around the world. By becoming part of Maritime UK we aim to forge stronger links with national government and stakeholders and create a clear route to sector development in the South West.”

The creation of Maritime UK South West is part of Maritime UK's programme to create regional cluster organisations in leading maritime regions across the country, modelled on the body for the Liverpool City Region, Mersey Maritime.

Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani said: “Maritime clusters have a significant impact on the regional and national economy which is why it’s fantastic to see the launch of this new partnership in the South West.

“Through our Maritime 2050 Strategy we want to see more strong regional maritime clusters which drive innovation, ambition and create a critical mass of expertise and skills.

“The South West has great strengths in marine autonomy, renewables and the clean maritime innovation which are critical to the future of the sector.”

The South Coast Marine Cluster is currently resourced through investment from Local Enterprise Partnerships covering Dorset, The Heart of the South West (Devon and Somerset) and Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, as well as the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

Following the rebrand and relaunch to Maritime UK South West the cluster plans to ramp up its offer to business and to the sector by launching a new a sponsorship and partnering model.

The CMN will use the collaboration with South Coast Marine Cluster to expand its successful marine employer membership model across the South West.

The 2020 Maritime UK Awards are being hosted in the region when the best of the UK’s maritime sector visit Plymouth on 1 July.

To find out more about Maritime UK South West and how to get involved, please contact or visit


Notes to editors

For more information Contact Maritime UK SW Coordinator, Sheldon Ryan on

Dorset LEP

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led private and public sector partnership, promoting local economic growth and prosperity. Dorset LEP deliver projects that support and develop infrastructure, housing, skills, enterprise and business growth to achieve long-term economic benefit for all in Dorset. For more information visit the Dorset LEP website

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Maritime UK South West

Maritime UK SW is a public, business, research partnership which brings together the breadth of our ocean economy, working in partnership to champion, grow and clean the sector. Maritime UK South West will focus on the Great South West geography (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset). 

The cluster aims to champion and promote our sector, internally, nationally and abroad, drive clean growth and build centres of excellence to maintain regional competitive advantage.

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