Marine Sector Manager
01962 667 942
The south coast’s strong maritime heritage and cutting-edge R&D attract a growing network of scientific, advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing companies.
Home to more than 3,000 marine and maritime companies Hampshire's south coast location , supply chain and world leading research facilities create a thriving marine sector. Employing more than 360,000 people and contributing £19 billion gross value added, the UK has the largest marine sector in Europe. Hampshire is right at the heart of this, with a robust marine industry ranging from shipping, boatbuilding and marine engineering to marine technology, cruise and leisure marine. It is an ideal location to establish a marine business, with more than 3,000 already based here. It is also home to Land Rover BAR's headquarters in Portsmouth and at the centre of their campaign to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain where it all began.
Hampshire is home to many of the major companies operating in the UK’s marine industry including:
Southampton is home to a world-leading cruise industry worth over £350m per annum to the local economy. The city is also the UK’s number one port for vehicle imports and exports, and the UK’s second largest container terminal.
Portsmouth Harbour contains several defence establishments; the Naval Base, the armament storage sites at Frater and Bedenham; Fleetlands, Horsea and Whale island which is used for military training purposes.
Hampshire has over 25 marinas on offer plus a variety of marine development sites and other commercial property options. It is also home to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus which is especially suited to advanced engineering businesses operating in the marine industry due to its coastal location, marine slipway and dedicated Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST).
For more information on commercial property, development sites or the Solent Enterprise Zone please visit our commercial property pages or download our Portfolio of key development sites.