Gareth Roberts
Marine Sector Manager
01962 667 942

Opportunities on the UK's South Coast

Opportunities on the UK's South Coast

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.


Marine Proposition

Marine Industry Proposition

Our marine industry proposition provides key information for a marine business looking to set up in Hampshire including information on infrastructure, assets, major employers, workforce, universities, research connections, commercial property and key development sites.

Location Review - Manufacturing

Location Review - Manufacturing

Location Review - Manufacturing

Find out more about the manufacturing talent pool in Hampshire.

Success Story

ABP Southampton - Gateway to the World

APB Southampton - Gateway to the World

The Port of Southampton is one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep water ports. It is a leading car handling port, home to the UK’s second largest container terminal and the UK's premier cruise terminal supporting the cruise industry worth £350m per annum to the local economy.

Featured Site

Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus is one of 24 set up nationally to support local economic growth. It is earmarked as an advanced manufacturing centre of excellence within the marine industry.

Land Rover BAR

The Marine Industry

Hampshire's south coast location, innovative, supply chain, world leading research   facilities and the UKs premier university all combine to 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.

Major Marine Companies in Hampshire

Hampshire is home to more than 3,000 marine and maritime companies

Hampshire is the chosen location for many of the  major companies operating in the UK’s marine industry including those with specialisms in marine autonomous systems, composites and boat building:

   Associated British Ports  BAE Systems  
   CJR Propulsion  DP World  Green Marine
 Griffon Hoverwork  Lewmar  Lloyds Register  
 Raymarine  Red Funnel  Trimline  Wartsila

 View our interactive map of the major companies in Hampshire

Key Locations 

Hampshire’s Solent Region is the internationally renowned centre of the UK marine industry located in the south of the county.

The Solent Enterprize Zone at Daedalus: Dedicated to meeting the needs of the marine industry


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. Commercial port and shipping activities are primarily based around Southampton’s Solent area, at Fawley refinery, Hamble oil terminal and various commercial wharves along the Rivers Itchen and Test.


Portsmouth Harbour contains several defence establishments; the Naval Base, the armament storage sites at Frater and Bedenham; Fleetlands (used for the repair and maintenance of helicopters), Horsea and Whale island which is used for military training purposes.

The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

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).  The Centre is part of Fareham College and provides specialist courses in aerospace, marine and mechanical engineering.   The Enterprise Zone also offers a discount on business rates and grants are on offer from the Solent Enterprise Zone Advanced Manufacturing Expansion Fund for new businesses.

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.

Research Excellence

Collaborate with leading universities and put your company at the cutting edge of marine technology

With three universities with specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry. The type of support businesses can access via the universities in the area is varied but includes consultancy services, design, prototyping and test facilities.

University of Southampton

The research intensive University of Southampton is the leading maritime university in the UK and has an excellent reputation for its work with industry. 40% of its annual research is conducted with business and it is ranked as the top university for working with SME’s.

The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute has long been regarded as the best maritime research centre in the UK. It is a ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Lloyd’s Register Group operating from a state-of-the-art marine technology centre at the university, BAE Systems Maritime, CJR Propulsion, Shell Shipping and Rolls Royce are just some of the businesses the Institute has worked with. In addition, the University’s Wolfson Unit is one of the most respected design consultancies in the word providing services to an international customer base with clients including the designer of yachts for the Vendée Globe, as well as America’s Cup teams and the designer of Puma.

The University of Southampton is also a key partner at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton. The Centre hosts the largest single grouping of marine and Earth scientists in the UK and is a world leader in research and education for marine science. The centre provides large-scale infrastructure and support for the entire UK marine research community.

Southampton Solent University

The Warsash Maritime Academy at Southampton Solent University provides first class training, consultancy and research to the maritime industry worldwide specialising in the fields of international shipping, commercial yachts, offshore oil & gas and the renewables industry.  They provide training services for Carnival, Maersk Crewing, Viking Recruitment, Chiltern Maritime, Bibby Ship Management and the Norwegian Cruise Line.

University of Portsmouth

 As a marine business in Hampshire you have access to the exceptional marine facilities available at The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Portsmouth which has been at the forefront of marine biology for over 70 years.  The Institute’s coastal location means that it is within metres of the sea providing access to various marine ecosystems.  Businesses have access to a new £2 million aquarium and laboratory, a permanently moored floating research platform at Langstone Harbour and a 5.4m high speed research vessel, The RV Calypso, for inshore surveying and sampling. 

National Oceanography Centre
The National Oceanography Centre undertakes integrated ocean research and marine technology development from the coast to the deep ocean.
QinetiQ Maritime Test Facilities
From testing the manoeuvrability of submarines and evaluating hydrodynamic performance global clients benefit from QinetiQ’s state of the art facilities.
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
The SMMI is a unique internationally recognised centre of excellence for marine technology bringing together research, innovation and education communities.
Warsash Maritime Academy
The Warsash Maritime Academy provides first class education, training, research and commercial services to the marine industry worldwide.

Industry Support and Networks

There are a variety of networks supporting the marine industry in Hampshire including the below:

British Marine Federation
The British Marine Federation (BMF) is the trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.
Business South
A premier business engagement organisation which unites business leaders to drive economic prosperity, with the aim of making the region a great place to work, invest, study, live and enjoy.
Marine South East
Support the strategic growth of the marine industry through consultancy projects, collaborations, European partnerships and strategic projects.
UK Trade and Investment
UKTI work with businesses based in the UK to assist their success in international markets, and with overseas investors looking to the UK as an investment destination.


With their headquarters based in Portsmouth, Land Rover BAR aim to #BringTheCupHome

Hampshire hosts a number of internationally recognised marine industry events held each year.  

In July 2014 Land Rover BAR announced that they would be setting up the team’s America’s Cup permanent base in Portsmouth.  Land Rover BAR with a team headed by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851.  

AAM Cowes Week
8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing and to experience the unique atmosphere.
America's Cup
This summer some of the world’s best in sailing is coming to Portsmouth for the America’s Cup World Series events, placing Hampshire’s marine industry firmly on the global stage.
Seawork International
Seawork International is the largest and fastest growing commercial marine and workboat event to be held in a European working port.
Southampton Boat Show
The Southampton Boat Show is an on-water boat show, one of the largest events for the marine industry in Europe and the biggest of its type in the UK.

Find Out More

A hub for marine technology, the home of Land Rover BAR, an Enterprise Zone dedicated to marine engineering and advanced manufacturing, and the natural benefits of being on the Solent coastline... the marine industry in Hampshire is going from strength to strength.  Contact the inward investment team to find out more about the opportunities Hampshire provides.