Golden Opportunity for the Marine Industry

Guy Lavender, South West Director for the 2012 Games

Weymouth and Portland is changing – and it is the marine industry that is leading that change.

That was the message that delegates heard at Osprey Quay Marine Day, organised by Creative Solutions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the marine industry in Dorset, from now to 2012 and beyond, was the focus of the event, which formed part of this year’s Open4Business programme.

More than 100 delegates from Dorset and further afield heard from a range of speakers on the topic of maximising the opportunity of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the marine industry. They also caught up with the latest developments at the new £24m Dean & Reddyhoff Portland Marina, the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy and Osprey Quay.
Marine Day in the Dorset Echo
Though the contributors focused on different elements, the common theme that emerged was that while the Olympics would be important, even more significant was the opportunity to achieve a lasting effect on the area’s economy.

Among the speakers were Guy Lavender, South West Director for the 2012 Games, Mark Stubbings, chief executive of the sailing academy, and Gary Fooks, Dorset 2012 Legacy Manager.

Gareth Jones, regeneration and business manager for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, told delegates that building a reputation as a centre for marine excellence offered the chance to reposition the area in the minds of residents, businesses and visitors.

Ian Girling, area operations manager for Business Link, said: “We’re already seeing tangible benefits, with new partnerships being formed and businesses developing.”

Roy Griffiths of Creative Solutions - Marine Day Event Organisers

Roy Griffiths of Creative Solutions - Marine Day Event Organisers

Marine Day was organised by Roy Griffiths of Creative Solutions, who said: “The opportunity that hosting the 2012 sailing events here in Weymouth & Portland presents a unique opportunity especially for the marine industry, and this was the inspiration for today’s event. It has seen a fantastic turnout, proving that marine businesses are determined not to let this opportunity pass by.”
The event was sponsored by the South West Regional Development Agency and Business Link.

Reblog this post [with Zemanta]