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08.09.05
Spotlight On Cornwall Marine Industry's Future

The way ahead for Cornwall's £120 million marine industry, offering 'genuine world-class products and services' will come under the spotlight in the first seminar of its kind to be held at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth on Wednesday, September 28th.

The seminar is being staged by the recently re-launched Cornwall Marine Network (CMN), which is targeting a massive boost for the industry with the aid of a £1.25 million funding package.

Speakers will outline an emerging programme of training and marketing initiatives designed to create 150 new jobs and expand the sector's annual turnover by £13 million over the next two years.

The network's members, now totalling 130 companies and directly employing 1,200-plus people, are being invited to attend not only to hear the network's plans, but also for have-your-own-say input on how best to take the industry forward.

Until now the industry has lacked structured marketing and training programmes and a co-ordinated development plan for its future.

Delegates at the seminar will hear details of tailored marketing campaigns, staff training programmes, business workshops, mentoring opportunities and support with attendance at major events such as the London Boat Show next January.

"We are here to help and we want to hear the views of as many operators as possible so that we can do what's best for the industry, both practically and financially," said CMN marketing manager Tim Bowerbank. "The clear aim is to assist in ways which have not previously been possible in driving their businesses forward, with structured marketing programmes and expanding the skills base through enhanced training programmes.

"We have had an encouraging response to date following our re-launch in May and it has been a real pleasure working with Cornish companies that have genuinely world-class products and services to offer. The sector has so much to be proud of and it now has the opportunity to achieve a quantum leap in growth with more dynamic and co-ordinated development programmes that will be to the benefit of everyone."

Mr Bowerbank added: "There is a serious shortage of skilled workers and until now the sector has relied too heavily on learning solely by experience in the work place. These businesses now have the opportunity to expand and prosper with a level of support that has not previously been available." Attendance at the seminar is free and interested companies are invited to contact CMN on 01326 377648. The event will start at 2 pm on September 28 and finish around 5.30/6 pm before moving on to drinks and buffet.

CMN's new investment has come principally from Objective One, with support from the Learning and Skills Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency, Marine South West and Cornwall Enterprise.

For further information please contact Tim Bowerbank or Wendy Pascoe on 01326 377648.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Cornwall Marine Network through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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