Group plans to take Gosport ‘to the next level’

NETWORKING Peter Cardy from Gosport Marine Scene and Ben Lippiett from Haslar Marina
NETWORKING Peter Cardy from Gosport Marine Scene and Ben Lippiett from Haslar Marina

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PEOPLE from the marine industry in Gosport gathered at the relaunch of a group dedicated to making the most of the town’s waterfront.

The meeting of Gosport Marine Scene, held at Haslar Marina, saw representatives from local firms, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and politicians get together.

Peter Cardy, secretary of Gosport Marine Scene, said: ‘I can think of nowhere else in the UK where you can see this amazing variety and density of marine traffic.

‘The purpose of Gosport Marine Scene is to support and stimulate the businesses directly and indirectly involved with the maritime industry.

‘I would like to see them flourish as they did in previous generations.’

Speakers yesterday included Tim Newell from Endeavour Quay and Mark Bowden from Marina Projects.

And Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage praised the group as she hosted a panel session, saying: ‘Gosport Marine Scene is so valuable.’

She said the town has ‘world class facilities’ for the marine industry.

And she said that with Michael Fallon, the new minister for Portsmouth, there is a lot more understanding about the area in government.

She said: ‘We have got world class facilities.

‘From the point of view of government there’s much more understanding of the Portsmouth area.

‘Michael Fallon regards himself as the minister for the Portsmouth area with Gosport very much part of that – his mum used to work in Haslar.’

The networking morning also heard from Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s Denise Barlow.

She told the gathered businesses to the group chamber has a team of ‘navigators’ who can help firms with funding.

As previously reported in The News, the group was established in 2012 when firms got together wanting to boost and show off what Gosport has for the marine industry.

Ben Lippiett is the manager of Haslar Marina.

He said: ‘The conception of the Gosport Marine Scene was to really get everybody together.

‘We have all been looking after our own businesses.

‘We need to get together

to take Gosport to the next level.’