Categories: Business, Maritime UKPublished On: 18.01.2018706 words4 min read


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New Maritime Minister welcomes Women in Maritime Taskforce

New Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, has welcomed the establishment of Maritime UK’s ‘Women in Maritime’ Taskforce.

Ghani, only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the UK’s £40bn maritime sector, said:

“I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step.

“In the autumn, the Government challenged maritime leaders, businesses and colleges to find ways of increasing the number of women in the sector, and it is great to see them respond in this way.

“There is a fantastic wealth and breadth of career opportunities in maritime, and I am determined to see more women accessing these.”
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UK’s maritime regions to gather for first time in Birkenhead

The UK’s maritime regions are to formally meet for the first time in Birkenhead later this month.

Maritime UK’s Regional Council is bringing together maritime ‘cluster’ organisations from across Britain.

Hosted by Mersey Maritime, the cluster organisation for the Liverpool City Region, representatives all corners of the UK including the Solent, Cornwall, Scotland, East of England and the Humber, will gather at the Maritime Knowledge Hub, itself a product of collaboration between industry, academia and local government.

Cluster organisations, based upon this triumvirate, jointly pursue activity in support of regional maritime growth.

Maritime UK’s strategic plan sets out steps to bring cluster organisations together, helping deliver coordinated activity in support of its nationwide priorities.

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Dingle keynote speaker at Commonwealth Business Forum

Maritime UK Chairman, David Dingle CBE, is to be a VIP speaker at the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) taking place in London on 16-18 April 2018 in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The Forum is a truly global event, bringing together Heads of Government, Ministers, and senior business leaders from around the world. It will provide a valuable opportunity for high level dialogue on trade and investment between business and government leaders from across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Organised by The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, working with the UK Government and in partnership with the City of London, it will be a unique gathering of global leaders. It will be held across three iconic London venues: the Guildhall, Mansion House and the QEII Conference Centre.
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British boating sails to sixth year of consecutive growth

The UK’s leisure marine industry has achieved its sixth consecutive year of growth, according to research conducted by Maritime UK member, British Marine.

Industry revenues increased by 3.4% in 2017 – rising to £3.12bn – their highest level since the financial crisis of 2007/08. The sector directly contributed over £1.3bn to the UK economy between March 2016 – April 2017, while supporting over 33,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the UK’s manufacturing and service industries.

And while UK productivity remains sluggish compared to its G20 rivals, the marine sector continues to perform above-average in comparison with other UK industries, with an estimated Gross Valued Added output per worker of over £39,000.
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Maritime UK Annual Review 2018

Maritime UK announces a major new initiative in production of the Maritime UK Annual Review.

Designed to act as a focal point and provide a comprehensive overview of developments within the UK maritime sector, the Annual Review will communicate activity by industry to promote, strengthen and grow the sector.

In recent years government and industry have been working in partnership to grow the UK’s maritime sector, work which has taken on increased importance following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Ben Murray, Maritime UK Manager, said:
“Together, the sector is making progress in raising its profile, speaking more clearly and compellingly to government, and fostering collaboration in key areas such as innovation – all to drive growth.

“This annual publication will help tell that story, showcase the various sector programmes, and highlight key developments across our four industries.”

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