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  • British Marine’s research helps to promote the valuable role the industry plays in the UK economy, generating direct revenues of over £3 billion and contributing over £6.2 billion in gross value added to UK Gross Domestic Product.
  • This industry is supported by over 33,000 jobs directly employed by marine businesses, covering a huge variety of roles and industry sectors. This includes approximately 500 apprentices, training in manufacturing and engineering trades, as well as other business and managerial apprenticeship frameworks.
  • With the indirect economic impact of the marine supply chain and wider tourism expenditures, the direct and indirect marine workforce is estimated to be as large as 60,000, commanding combined wages of over £800 million, with an average salary of approximately £26,500 per annum.
  • This varied and dynamic industry has a thriving manufacturing and export sector, celebrated with awards for excellence in design and innovation, and which contributed approximately £900 million to the UK economy through exports in 2015/16.
  • Our latest research reveals that in 2016 nearly £550 million was generated from just boat exports alone, with over 10,000 boats produced, for both domestic and international markets. In 2016 the UK’s largest overseas markets for boat exports included Non-EC European countries (30% of all boat exports), the European Union (27.4%) and North America (20%).
  • The strength of the UK’s manufacturing and supply chain is buoyed by a booming boating tourism sector. Over 3.2 million UK adults (6.5% of the UK adult population) participated in a boating or watersport activity in 2015, totalling 19 million boating trips, with over 1 million boats /watersports craft owned by UK households.
  • Research conducted in collaboration with Visit Britain in 2015 indicates that, overall, approximately 5 million domestic holidays were taken in 2015 that involved a boating activity, contributing over £1.7 billion to the UK economy, through both direct and indirect tourism expenditures.