A Cornish marine trade organisation is celebrating having created 3,000 new jobs since 2005.
The not-for-profit Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) secured its first investment in 2005 to support marine business skills. Since then, the network has embraced over 350 companies and the team has grown to 30 permanent and specialist staff. Its latest support programme, Propel Cornwall, is nearing completion with beneficiary businesses creating 90 new jobs.
“Since 2005 our specialist business support team has attracted more than £30 million of investment into Cornwall’s marine sector,” said Paul Wickes, Cornwall Marine Network’s chief executive. “There is no other privately owned marine network in the UK or Europe that operates on the scale of success that the team at CMN achieves,” he added.
Supporting local businesses
Propel Cornwall helps small and medium sized marine businesses improve their business systems, processes and develop new products. Examples of how the funding has supported local businesses include the development of Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust’s specialist training centre and the recent launch of the Obervargh Barge.
A critical goal for CMN has been to address the skills gap in the marine sector through strategies such as building bridges between education and industry. Since 2008, CMN’s Marine Academy has recruited over 95 industry ambassadors, sharing information with more than 35,000 young people. CMN also encourages young people into the industry through its subsidiary, the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency, creating 1,350 apprenticeships since 2012.
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