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Marine industry invited to enter inaugural Maritime UK Awards

Published on: 09 May 2019

Maritime UK Awards 2019

British Marine calls on the marine industry to enter the inaugural Maritime UK Awards

A brand-new, national awards programme celebrating the breadth of the UK’s £37.4bn maritime sector was launched recently by Maritime UK.

The Maritime UK Awards will be the first truly national maritime awards in the UK, organised by industry, for the benefit of industry. They will be open to companies from across the whole maritime sector, embracing the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.

In a unique twist, the awards evenings will be held in a different UK maritime region each year. The first awards ceremony will take place during Southampton International Boat Show, powered by Borrow A Boat, and will recognise the achievements of the maritime sector which represents a significant 20% of the economy, supports 120,000 jobs and facilitates trade worth £77.5bn.

Harry Theochari, Maritime UK Chair, said: “We are excited about this inaugural event that will not only shine a spotlight on the most exciting and dynamic activity across our sector, but will also champion each of our great maritime regions by rotating each year.

We are delighted to hold the inaugural awards in Southampton during the city’s international boat show, Britain’s biggest festival of boating.”

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), who are the key partnership body behind developing a Solent Maritime cluster with Maritime UK, is organising the event on 19 September 2019.

The awards, were launched at Maritime UK’s National Council meeting in London, are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes. The categories mirror themes in the Government’s recently-published strategy for the sector, Maritime 2050. They are:

  • Diversity Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Award
  • Sustainability Award
  • Coastal Powerhouse Award
  • International Trade Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Start-up of the Year Award
  • The David Dingle Award for Collaboration
  • Rising Star Award
  • Business of the Year Award
  • 2050 Award

The Maritime UK Awards will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised maritime leaders. To find out about the awards, which take place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour, and how to enter, visit