Boatbuilding and leisure marine equipment manufacture is a growth sector in the UK employing over 20,000 people and contributing around £1 billion to the economy.
In Cornwall, the range of marine businesses covers a whole spectrum - from design and construction (boat builders, designers and repairers), operations and shipping (divers, marinas and ferries) to equipment and service (sailing instructors, manufacturers, agents and chandlers) and a host of other related activities.
Employment in the marine sector in Cornwall is growing and many new types of skilled occupation are being created, including Rigging, Surface Preparation and Paint Application. World class names manufacturing in the South West include Princess Yachts, Sunseeker, and Pendennis Shipyard.
The leisure marine industry is also expanding, encouraging the many business start-ups which are happening in this sector. Marine leisure is a key element in Cornwall's distinctiveness and is often linked to our tourism activities.
Cornwall's marine industry has always been essential to the economy - and today it is still thriving and bursting with opportunity.
Copyright 2011 Cornwall Marine Network
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