3,000 businesses

and 40,000 jobs on the South Coast


is the UK's busiest cruise port

£5.8 billion

generated for the South Hampshire economy


jobs and £2.5 billion in wages and salaries

Maritime: An ocean economy

The UK marine and maritime sector contributes around £47bn GVA and employs around 500,000 people. By 2030 the ‘blue economy’ is predicted to be worth £3.2 trillion globally.  Hampshire is at the front and centre; the sector generates more than £5.8bn and employs circa 150,000 people and is forged on centuries of tradition.


Innovation exchange

A culture of innovation is embedded in the UK’s maritime sector; we are known throughout the world for marine and maritime excellence and commitment to constant innovation.

With three universities with specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry.


A sea of talent

The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is a world-leading research institution in large scale oceanography and ocean measurement technology innovation.

The University of Southampton, University of Portsmouth and Solent University are all specialist marine capabilities, Hampshire is at the cutting edge of innovation and technology for the marine industry.  Our strength in innovation and technology supports the marine sector and provides transferable skills to others such, as offshore wind and tidal energy companies, aerospace, and automotive industries.


Internationally renowned

Hampshire’s reputation for producing very high-quality leisure marine and superyacht design contributes directly to the UK’s international reputation for designing and building prestige vessels desired and bought all around the world.  


Get in touch

The Business Hampshire team are here to help you make the most of your business potential. Whether you have questions about the recruitment of skilled staff, require information and/or access to the centres of innovation and research or connections to educational, research and business support organisations our team are ready to provide all the support you need.

For more information contact Business Hampshire directly at businesshampshire@hants.gov.uk.


Available business space for Marine and Maritime companies

If you are looking for space to relocate or grow your business, take a look at some sector specific development and properties within our Hampshire Portfolio:


Marine and Maritime Stories