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The Duke of Kent Visits Cornwall Marine Network

cmn-news-hrh-the-duke-lo-resHRH The Duke of Kent is welcomed by Michael Brougham - CMN Chairman and Paul Wickes - CMN Chief Executive.

HRH The Duke of Kent has visited Falmouth based Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) - the business support organisation for the Cornish marine sector. The visit showcased the Network to The Duke who heard first-hand from CMN staff and business-owners about the benefits of past, present and future initiatives.

Since 2005, the not-for-profit organisation has attracted more than £23 million into the Cornish marine industry to help marine businesses prosper. Key highlights
featured for The Duke included: supporting more than 3,000 people into employment with an estimated £200 million impact on the local economy, apprenticeship
programmes that have placed more than 1,150 young people into apprenticeships, and a £1.86 million Regional Growth Fund capital investment project that helped 16 businesses invest significantly in equipment and premises - including the acquisition of Falmouth Wharves by specialist marine contractor KML.

"We were very excited to share the achievements of our CMN staff team and their support for our members with His Royal Highness. He was interested to hear about the 3,000 people we have supported into employment through our job creation programmes, training and apprenticeship schemes." said Paul Wickes, Chief Executive of CMN. 

The Duke has a keen interest in developing British businesses having been the Vice Chairman of the Overseas Trade Board and later British Trade International (now known as UK Trade and Investment) from 1976 to 2001. Darren Newton, Managing Director of Multimarine said: "I talked with The Duke about our boatyard and multihull centre in Millbrook and how CMN has helped with our marketing, training plus the purchase of equipment. This support has been of great benefit, assisting us with the development and selling of our range of Dazcat catamarans."

Tracey Boyne of Mylor Sailing School had a chance to discuss the school's new ‘HMS Go' charitable initiative that will help disabled people to enjoy the sport of sailing. "The Duke was very interested in our Sailability programme and how my business has benefited from CMN's marketing support."

Whilst at CMN, The Duke revealed a plaque to commemorate the visit.


HRH The Duke of Kent reveals plaque to commenmorate visit to CMN's Maritime Business Centre
"Welcoming The Duke to our Maritime Business Centre in Falmouth has been an exceptional and excellent milestone for CMN - a real tribute to the efforts of our staff team in supporting the economically important Cornish marine industry. I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone in the CMN team, our marine business members and our other supporters who have made CMN the success story that we were able to share with The Duke today." said Wickes. The Duke continued on to KML at Falmouth Wharves and Falmouth RNLI Station.

hrh-duke-examines-dinghyThe Duke examines a dinghy with Dave Martin (CMN Boat building tutor) that is being built by apprentices at a workshop at KML, Falmouth Wharves

hrh-meets-apprentices-at-kmlHRH The Duke of Kent meets Jonathan Rundle, Apprentice at SailShape, Fowey.


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