Marine Industries Make A Splash At BIS

Thu, 19 April 2012

The Government has launched its first marine industries showcase at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) from to highlight the industry’s multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy. The showcase runs from the 16th April 2012 until 27th April 2012.

The Minister for Business Mark Prisk and the Minister for Defence Equipment Peter Luff both joined in the launch and toured the showcase, meet with business leaders and saw for themself some of the latest examples of modern marine technology, innovation and design

There are quite a few photos on Flickr of the show.

If you are in Victoria Street please come in and have a look.

At the launch event Minister Mark Prisk said :

“Worth approximately £10 billion a year to the UK economy and employing over 90,000 people, the marine industries sector makes an important contribution to UK PLC. Last year Government launched a strategy for growth for the UK Marine industries, which working with the marine service sector, will help to bolster that contribution to £25 billion a
year by 2020. That offers fantastic growth prospects for businesses and people.

“What we want to demonstrate with this showcase is that there are real and exciting opportunities in this sector to build careers, and be a part of something that helps place Britain as one of the world’s leading manufacturing nations.

“It complements our Make it in Great Britain campaign, which is working to change the perceptions of modern manufacturing and challenge views that we don’t make anything in this country anymore.”

The industry Co-chairman of the Marine Industries Leadership Council is Richard Sadler (Chief Executive of Lloyds Register).  He said:

“Our strategy unifies the marine industries behind a common cause for the first time.  Achieving our goal of growth across the marine industries will be much easier if we coordinate our actions.  This will lead to more effective training and skills development, cooperation on new technology, and an improved regulatory environment, amongst other things.

"Ultimately, we want our customers and the public to see that we are contributing to the economy and society with worthwhile products and services.  We really appreciate the opportunity that the Minister and his Department have given us to show what we can do.  I call on all UK Marine companies and stakeholders to join us in our endeavour.”

The showcase will be on display at BIS until Friday, 27 April.

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