Marine Hub Cornwall
A world of marine technology in one outstanding region

All that you need to build a world-leading marinetech business

by Matt Hodson, Operations Director, Marine Hub Cornwall

24 | Feb | 2018

With over 400 miles of coastline, easy access to the deep waters of the Atlantic, and centuries of maritime heritage, Cornwall already has a reputation as a leading region for the marine industry. But modern, progressive marinetech businesses need to look way beyond geography and history. They need to know that all the vital elements are in place to enable them to establish their business on strong foundations and then grow it successfully and profitably into the future. They need a location that can provide outstanding infrastructure, supply chain, talent pool, network of marine businesses for collaboration, funding, research support, testing facilities – and great communications.

We combine all those qualities in one and unique and integrated region. That is why we call it Marine Hub Cornwall. We have put together an unbeatable package of benefits, geared around the needs of marinetech businesses who want to be leaders in their market.

Marine Technology Funding. There is a huge range of options available. Whether you are a small, hi-tech business needing help developing a new marine technology, or a more established marine business that is aiming to grow and expand, specialist packages of support are available. For more details, take a look at our Funding page.

Marine Technology Research. Marine Hub Cornwall is fortunate to be home to some of the leading experts and thought-leaders in marine technology. They can be accessed through the Marine-i project and include marine specialists from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University. These are people at the cutting-edge of marine technology with superb commercial experience of major international projects.

Marine Enterprise Zone. Discover a brilliant location for your marinetech business. We have over 15 hectares of development land, industrial space and office space. Our Marine Enterprise Zone spans three main locations: Hayle Harbour, Falmouth Docks and Tolvaddon. We can accommodate any type of marine technology business, from specialist marine software to large footprint marine manufacturing. All the facilities you need to establish and grow your marine business are here, with the opportunity to receive 100% Business Rate relief in the first 5 years (which can free up vital additional funds to invest in your operation).

Marine Infrastructure. Cornwall has a highly developed infrastructure for marintech businesses, with deep water berths and all the specialist marine engineering services that progressive companies need. As part of this infrastructure, locating to Marine Hub Cornwall gives you easy access to some of the world’s best testing facilities for marine technology. These include the Wave Hub at Hayle, designed for testing offshore renewable energy, Plymouth University’s outstanding COAST Lab, and the FabTest facility at Falmouth which is a great site for testing of wave energy devices.

Marine Capability. Cornwall has been at the forefront of developments in marine engineering for over a century. We cover an exceptional range of skills and expertise, from naval architecture, marine hydraulics and offshore engineering, through to leading edge technologies such as autonomous systems, marine telemetry and hybrid propulsion systems.

Great Communications. Transport links out of Cornwall are excellent and the county has one of the best Superfast Broadband networks in the UK. 90% of premises enjoy speeds of over 30Mbps and 30% have access to Ultrafast speeds of over 100Mbps. Marine Hub Cornwall is great place from which to reach and service a global customer base.

A proven track record of success. With the unique combination of commercial advantages that Marine Hub Cornwall offers, many marinetech businesses have already used this as a platform for their success, as illustrated by the comments below:

“Cornwall is proving to be the perfect base for our fast growing and ambitious marine business.” (Large Diameter Drilling Ltd.)

“Cornwall has a brilliant supply chain within the marine sector. We have always been able to find any of the engineering skills or services we need. There are some incredibly experienced and effective businesses here.” (Triskel Marine)

“We have found Cornwall to be a fantastic location from which to operate our business. There are lots of brilliant and innovative specialist tech businesses working in the area.” (Composite Integration)

“The marine sector in Cornwall is incredibly strong. There are clusters of exceptional marine specialists here with whom we can work and collaborate.” (Feritech Global)

“Our business is growing fast as we embrace the latest autonomous technology and we could not be in a better place than the Cornwall Marine Enterprise Zone to take advantage of its full potential.” (Swathe Services)

“We have operated very successfully from Cornwall for over 18 years and we are now in a really exciting phase of development for our business. We have the potential to become a large global player. We have built the strong foundations that are creating brilliant opportunities for future growth.” (Severn Subsea Technologies)

Making your move. If you are an existing marinetech business looking for a location where you can thrive, a new business with ambitious plans for the future, or a company seeking outstanding investment opportunities, make sure you are up to speed with all that Marine Hub Cornwall has to offer. You can register your interest via our website, to get further details and keep informed of the latest exciting developments here at Marine Hub Cornwall.

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