Marine industries 'pulling together' at special event in Dartington

Brixham harbour

Posted on: 15 February 2012

Devon County Council is hosting a special event to support businesses  which work in the marine industry on 28  February at Dartington Hall.

The event is aimed at businesses in the marine sector across Devon to look at their business needs, demonstrate the benefits of working together and maximise access to available business support.

There is an exciting line up of speakers and workshops designed to support businesses and provide real learning.

Speakers include:

. Nigel Irens,  a leading yacht designer perhaps best known as designer of the record-breaking trimaran used by Ellen MacArthur to break the world record for solo circumnavigation in 2005.

. Ian Duffin, finance director of successful company Princess Yachts

. Updates from BIS, South Devon College.

There will be half hour workshops by leading local specialists on:

‘Marketing Marine Businesses using Social Media’ by Alice Driscoll Managing Director of ADPR – a South West based PR consultancy specialising in the Marine Industry.

‘How Apprenticeships could work for you’ by Craig Marshall (Managing Director of the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network).

‘International business opportunities and Exporting overseas’ by Peter Norris (EU Enterprise Net) & Chris Knight (UKTi)

‘Working with the Knowledge Base to Support Innovation’ by Rupert Lorraine & Adam Corney of University of Plymouth

The whole event also aims to provide an opportunity for future collaboration in the marine sector in Devon and the University of Chichester will be running 2 workshops to explore how collaboration and clustering could potentially benefit business across the County.

The event will be chaired by Devon County Councillor Will Mumford, himself a keen sailor and participant in 4 two handed Round Britain and Ireland races. He said “Our coastline and marine industries help define Devon and play a very important role in our economy. I am delighted that we are able to bring together a programme focussed on the opportunities for this sector and am sure it will be a really successful and useful day for Marine related businesses”

Councillor Trevor Pennington , local member for South Brent and Dartington says; “The marine industry is a vital part of our economy, particularly in South Devon , accounting  for around 30% of employment and 20 % of businesses. I am very supportive of the ‘Pulling Together’ event here at Dartington which is an excellent venue and I would certainly encourage those businesses operating in this sector to come along.”

Part funded by the CAMIS Interreg Project and DCC this event is seen as a first step towards supporting this important sector in Devon.

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