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Building on key centres of excellence across the region, this sector is innovative with great growth potential.

Across Devon and the wider South West there are nearly 3,000 marine and maritime companies, including:

Key Initiatives

  • Oceansgate (Plymouth) is the first Government Marine Enterprise Zone in the country.  Oceansgate brings together marine-based businesses creating a world-class hub for marine industries, with opportunities for research, innovation and production in a collaborative environment. Occupying a 35-hectare site on the southern edge of Devon port dock it is one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe.
  • Plymouth and South Devon Freeport offering incentives and tax breaks to marine sector and distribution businesses.
  • Marine Business Technology Sector – a gateway for accessing comprehensive research and development support and cutting-edge facilities and expertise.
  • Smart Sound Plymouth – innovative marine technology development.
  • Maritime UK South West – creating a clean and prosperous maritime future ( is increasing the marine and maritime economy by increasing collaboration, innovation trade and investment in this sector.
  • The Universities of Plymouth and Exeter lead technology and innovation around the marine maritime industries including renewables, science, design and manufacturing, robotics and autonomous systems.

Related Case Studies

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Exeter University

The University of Exeter is a top Russell Group university that combines world-class research with high levels of student satisfaction in the heart of the South West. The University has four main campuses across Devon and Cornwall with over 25,000 students and 5,000 staff members from over 130 countries.

Supported by Devon County Council