Maritime businesses can access new funding to attend trade shows

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Marine and maritime businesses from the south coast can apply for funding to showcase their businesses at world-renowned trade shows and build their export market.

A share of £100,000 is now available through the GREAT UK Challenge Fund for new and existing companies.

The funding is available thanks to a successful bid by Portsmouth City Council and is being supported by the Invest in Hampshire team at Hampshire County Council.

The team at Invest in Hampshire will be able to help marine and maritime businesses fund a presence at some of the key international trade shows and events to help grow their business and build their export market.

John Poyner, managing director of Marine Data Systems, based on the Isle of Wight, said: ‘We are delighted to be attending Marintec China as part of the South Coast Marine Cluster.

‘One of our biggest challenges is marketing to an overseas audience.

‘We operate in a niche market as a third tier supplier, often re-labelling our products for our partners and, as a result, we don’t benefit from organic brand recognition.

‘I find the best way to promote the Marine Data brand beyond our existing network is through attending international events and exhibitions but as every small business knows this can be costly!

‘Marintec China is a new event for us and I think it will be hugely beneficial exhibiting as part of the group.’

Marintec China takes place in Shanghai in December

To find out more or to apply for funding to help your company promote itself internationally, please contact, download the event overview PDF or visit

The Solent generates over 10 per cent of the marine sector’s UK GDP.

It provides more than 48,000 jobs, and encompasses more than 3,000 businesses.