Economic Benefits Research

In 2014 British Marine published two reports outlining the economic benefits of the UK marine industry, one assessing the economic value of boating tourism in the UK, and another report providing a detailed assessment of the economic contribution of all sectors within the UK marine industry. These economic assessments built upon previous reports published on the economic benefits of the UK's inland and coastal marinas in 2007-8.

The Economic Benefits of UK Marine Industry (2014) 

This report provides an assessment of the size, importance and economic contribution of the wider UK marine industry. It outlines all sales and expenditures and impacts for key manufacturing, supply chain and service sectors, providing key figures on business numbers, revenue, profit, employment and wages, exports, trade balance and value added contribution to UK GDP. To download the full report, click here. Sectors featured within the report include:

  • Boat Manufacturing;
  • Engines/Systems and Equipment Manufacturing;
  • Boat Distribution and Sales;
  • Engines/Systems and Equipment Distribution and Sales;
  • Boat Repair, Servicing and Refit;
  • Tourism-related Leisure Boating Activities (see The Economic Benefits of UK Boating Tourism, below); and
  • Other Consumer and Business Services

The Economic Benefits of UK Boating Tourism (2014) 

This report provides an assessment of the size, importance and economic contribution of boating-related tourism in the UK, including the expenditure of boaters on the water. It outlines all tourism related spend and impacts for individual leisure boating sub-sectors, regions and activities for both day visits and those involving an overnight stay at a total UK and regional level. To download the executive summary report, click here. Leisure boating sub-sectors featured within the report include:

  • Marinas and Moorings;
  • Inland Boat Hire;
  • Coastal / Sea Charter;
  • Passenger Boat Services;
  • Sailing Schools and Watersports Tuition; and
  • Canoeing and Watersports Equipment Rental