From Trees to Seas: Supporting Marine Businesses in the New Forest
There is a diverse range of marine businesses based in the New Forest, from yachting to engineering, technology to design, all playing a significant role in the local economy by contributing to employment, regeneration and tourism. For example, it is estimated that every job in the core coastal marina sector supports a further 12 jobs in the local economy, through tenant businesses, suppliers and as a result of visitor and employee expenditure in the wider New Forest economy.
Marine businesses are not confined to marinas, boatyards and coastal sites and there are significant local clusters of marine businesses, including Lymington. The area within which provision for growth and development in the marine businesses can be accommodated is limited. Ampress is the only location within Lymington where there is scope for development; its proximity to large numbers of boats in active use, to the boating market, to other marine businesses in the New Forest, and to the sea make it highly attractive to marine activity.
The New Forest Business Partnership has set out to fill a vacuum which has emerged in understanding and responding to the needs of marine businesses, at the same time as promoting our local marine businesses, from the waterfront to the heart of the forest, and their ability to fulfil their potential locally and nationally. At our Marine Breakfast event in February 2015, we agreed that we’d develop a plan to help businesses in this sector (and its associated supply chains) become better embedded in the wider economy. This is currently being developed and this meeting will include a facilitated discussion to formalise and promote this plan.
The event; which includes a buffet style breakfast will be held at The Haven in Lymington on Thursday 4 February at 07:30am. NFBP member tickets are £12.00 and non-members are £22.00.