Blue Growth is the long term strategy of National Maritime to support sustainable economic growth for the coastal and estuarine towns and cities, and maritime industries within the Thames and Channel region. It recognises that rivers and seas are drivers for the region’s economy with great potential for innovation and growth. 

Blue Growth is a sector initiative involving public and private sector partners. It will highlight opportunities for economic growth and will focus on the regions nine key maritime sectors that it thinks will contribute the most to this - shipping, marine engineering and manufacturing, renewables, heritage, recreational, ports, fisheries, business services, oil and gas.

This work is led by the National Maritime Blue Council and Executive team, it will inform not only economic strategy but also the activities of maritime industries as a whole, helping to shape Government spending and our asks to deliver business and economic investment in new ways, which better suit the regions sector needs. This strategy will also consider the various ambitious regional visions and delivery plans of stakeholders including; the Thames Vision 2035, Maritime Growth Study, Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, the EU's Blue Growth Strategy and the current work of the London and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships.
 
This represents an attempt to position the region, home to the largest maritime ‘cluster’ in the UK, as a location of growth and prosperity for maritime industries, whilst also addressing some of the persistent economic challenges that coastal and estuarine communities face.

In short Blue Growth will provide:
 
• A robust understanding of the regions maritime economy
• Evidence to inform decision making processes
• Apply best practice from elsewhere
• New insight into sub- sectors and the growth potential of businesses
• Help focus on the development of a world class supply chain
• A clear position on specific places and developments in the region
• A strategy and plan to unite and inspire local stakeholders, politicians, business and investors
• A clear articulation of the regions offer to investors and businesses
• A step change in delivery of services and business support
• A framework for on-going monitoring
• Provide benefits to help regenerate coastal and estuarine communities
• Link personal, workforce and community development to the growth of the maritime sector
• Give individuals and businesses the confidence to play a socially responsible, active role in the regeneration of their communities

To do this, we have now started to map the location of all maritime industries within the region and those organisation who provide maritime education and training facilities and programmes.

* 1. Where in the region is your business located?

* 2. Name of your organisation and which town or city is your business based in?

* 3. Which maritime sector does your business operate in?

* 4. If relevant, what maritime training facilities and programmes does your business provide and where are they located?

 

* 5. What role do your local elected officials or regulatory authorities play in helping to drive sector growth?

* 6. What is currently being done to retain and sustain your current  levels of business?

* 7. What support are you looking for from others to help drive your organisations business growth?

* 8. What is being done to promote the competitive advantages of your sector and local community, and by whom?

* 9. What resources do you need?

* 10. In your opinion, how do we all get there?

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