National Maritime – Supporting SMEs in the UK maritime sector through funding, expertise and talent.
We are the business engagement group for the UK maritime sectors small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). We bring together members of the UK’s maritime sector from engineering, ports and logistics, services, heritage and social sciences, fisheries, shipping, offshore energy, superyacht and leisure.
As a powerhouse of UK maritime SMEs we focus on the development of supply chains that help drive trade, productivity and economic growth and we contribute to the sustainable growth of the UK’s estuarine and coastal communities. We help members realise their business visions and address targeted business challenges. We work to promote and develop excellence in all activities related to business, skills and education.
National Maritime is a not for profit organisation that believes small business matter because as we know, taken together, they are not small at all. Maritime SMEs represent part of the backbone of the British economy, which makes up more than 99% of firms, they contribute to the overwhelming majority of the business population, help to generate half of private-sector jobs and much of Britain’s wealth.
We believe that Government should be unapologetically on the side of small businesses and those who run them. We work to free small business owners so that they can get on with running their companies– investing in growth, hiring more people and delivering the goods and services their customers want.
We promote the UK as a world class location and work to ensure that the strategic approach to supporting the UK maritime sector is total, not just for the selected few or at the highest level by engaging and influencing government and fostering wider collaboration.
Our approach is reinforced by a focus to local activities, networks, conferences, meetings, events and partnership collaboration. This cross-sector collaboration is known as the #maritimeconnection
We ensure that the strategic approach to supporting the UK maritime sector is total and remains one of the best prospects for high value economic growth with competitive advantages across all sub- sectors.
We work with UK maritime industries and communities to promote and develop excellence in all maritime business activities, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices to deliver a sustainable programme of business support and community development.
We offer three levels of membership including start-up, local authorities and charitable organisations and business. Overseas and non- maritime businesses are welcome to join, provided they have interests in the UK maritime sector.
As a not-for-profit business, our purpose was to serve and support UK maritime industries who are ambitious to drive trade, productivity and economic growth, and to promote the UK as a world class location central to the UK’s global maritime aspirations.
WE ARE GROWING
It is because of our members, that we are able to achieve our goals and strengthen our position in the sector. Our focus is to provide full supply chain capabilities that include; shipping, marine engineering, renewables, heritage, recreational, ports, fisheries, business services, oil and gas, who benefit from the activities of the organisation and the collaborative platform that we provide.
WE ARE NOW LEADING
Located at Blue Space, our 30,000 sqft maritime hub, we have become the powerhouse of businesses working in the maritime sector focused on supply chain development and the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities. With more than 600+ members, our strategy is to be the best in the sector in which we operate, to which we are succeeding.
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OUR TALENTED PROFESSIONALS
Building the UK’s leading maritime network for industries influenced by the sea and waterways takes time and character. You’ll find plenty of both in the people and history that makes National Maritime.
Our purpose is to serve and support our members to help them grow and increase business. We promote the UK as a world class location central to the country’s global maritime aspirations and work with those industries ambitious to drive trade, productivity and economic growth.