Portsmouth has strong historical marine connections stretching back over the centuries, primarily through its role as Britain’s premier naval base.

The Marine Cluster Validation Study (2005) by the University of Portsmouth, commissioned as part of the City Growth Portsmouth Strategy, identified today’s marine sector as comprising:

  • defence marine
  • recreational marine
  • transport marine
  • fisheries marine

In total over 7,000 people work in 250 organisations in the city and these figures increase to 13,300 and 800 respectively for the city region. Companies currently based in Portsmouth include BAE Systems, Brittany Ferries, McMurdo, Premier Marinas, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, Sunsail and Wightlink.

For more information, email business@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone the Business Support Team on 023 9284 1641

Marine support and useful information

Maritime UK Solent Maritime UK Solent nurtures maritime success in the Solent, with strong ties with HM Government, Maritime UK and Solent Partners. It champions Solent success worldwide and lead by example with representation at maritime events and trade missions, and enable partners to target growth.

Marine South East – a business-led consortium developed to address the needs of the marine sector in the South East region. Created to tackle critical issues affecting marine businesses in the region and support the economic development of the marine sector in the South East. Provides a key information resource for marine companies including details of networking events, a database of businesses, an information library plus news and information on the marine sector in the South East. Alternatively call 02380 111 590

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT)  – offers various export guidance, tools and support services to UK maritime companies who are interested in expanding their international presence. Some of these services include: Codes, tariffs and procedures; Duties, taxes and customs; Funding and finance; Find a new export market; Establishing a business overseas; Expand your knowledge.

British Marine Federation

The British Marine Federation is the trade association for the British boating industry which aims to create, develop and maintain high quality services, benefits and commercial activities to promote the marine industry and its products.

Services Include:

  • Technical Advice
  • Health & Safety Guidance
  • Legal Service
  • Statistics & Market Research
  • Training Services and Courses
  • Access to Training Grants
  • Financial Support to help members attend overseas boat shows
  • Member exhibitor discounts at BMF run UK boat shows including Southampton and London.

Area: County Wide

For more information visit the British Marine website.

Local marinas and ports

Marine trade bodies and organisations