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Gareth Roberts
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Opportunities on the UK's South Coast

Opportunities on the UK's South Coast

The south coast’s strong maritime heritage and cutting-edge R&D attract a growing network of scientific, advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing companies.


Marine Proposition

Marine Industry Proposition

Our marine industry proposition provides key information for a marine business looking to set up in Hampshire including information on infrastructure, assets, major employers, workforce, universities, research connections, commercial property and key development sites.

Location Review - Manufacturing

Location Review - Manufacturing

Location Review - Manufacturing

Find out more about the manufacturing talent pool in Hampshire.

Success Story

ABP Southampton - Gateway to the World

APB Southampton - Gateway to the World

The Port of Southampton is one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep water ports. It is a leading car handling port, home to the UK’s second largest container terminal and the UK's premier cruise terminal supporting the cruise industry worth £350m per annum to the local economy.

Featured Site

Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus is one of 24 set up nationally to support local economic growth. It is earmarked as an advanced manufacturing centre of excellence within the marine industry.

Land Rover BAR

Marine and Maritime 

Home to more than 3,000 marine and maritime companies Hampshire's south coast location , supply chain and  world leading research facilities create a thriving marine sector. Employing more than 360,000 people and contributing £19 billion gross value added, the UK has the largest marine sector in Europe.  Hampshire is right at the heart of this, with a robust marine industry ranging from shipping, boatbuilding and marine engineering to marine technology, cruise and leisure marine.  It is an ideal location to establish a marine business, with more than 3,000 already based here. It is also home to Land Rover BAR's headquarters in Portsmouth and at the centre of their campaign to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain where it all began.

Major Marine Companies in Hampshire

Hampshire is home to many of the major companies operating in the UK’s marine industry including:

Key Locations 

Hampshire’s Solent Region is the internationally renowned centre of the UK marine industry located in the south of the county.


Southampton is home to a world-leading cruise industry worth over £350m per annum to the local economy. The city is also the UK’s number one port for vehicle imports and exports, and the UK’s second largest container terminal.


Portsmouth Harbour contains several defence establishments; the Naval Base, the armament storage sites at Frater and Bedenham; Fleetlands, Horsea and Whale island which is used for military training purposes.

The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus

Hampshire has over 25 marinas on offer plus a variety of marine development sites and other commercial property options. It is also home to the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus which is especially suited to advanced engineering businesses operating in the marine industry due to its coastal location, marine slipway and dedicated Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST).  

For more information on commercial property, development sites or the Solent Enterprise Zone please visit our commercial property pages or download our Portfolio of key development sites.

Research Excellence

With three universities with specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry. The type of support businesses can access via the universities in the area is varied but includes consultancy services, design, prototyping and test facilities.

University of Southampton

The research intensive University of Southampton is the leading maritime university in the UK and has an excellent reputation for its work with industry.

The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute has long been regarded as the best maritime research centre in the UK.

It is a ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Lloyd’s Register Group operating from a state-of-the-art marine technology centre at the university, BAE Systems Maritime, CJR Propulsion, Shell Shipping and Rolls Royce are just some of the businesses the Institute has worked with.

The University of Southampton is also a key partner at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Southampton Solent University

The Warsash Maritime Academy at Southampton Solent University provides first class training, consultancy and research to the maritime industry worldwide specialising in the fields of international shipping, commercial yachts, offshore oil & gas and the renewables industry.  

University of Portsmouth

 As a marine business in Hampshire you have access to the exceptional marine facilities available at The Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Portsmouth which has been at the forefront of marine biology for over 70 years.  The Institute’s coastal location means that it is within metres of the sea providing access to various marine ecosystems.  Businesses have access to a new £2 million aquarium and laboratory, a permanently moored floating research platform at Langstone Harbour and a 5.4m high speed research vessel, The RV Calypso, for inshore surveying and sampling. 

Industry Support and Networks

There are a variety of networks supporting the marine industry in Hampshire including the below:


Hampshire hosts a number of internationally recognised marine industry events held each year, including: