Charting a course for maritime business with Poole Maritime Festival

Poole Maritime Festival’s Business Programme in June promises to bring an informative and engaging mix of maritime content and networking opportunities for local and national delegates. 

Working with headline partners British Marine, Dorset LEP, Poole Harbour Commissioners and Poole Harbour Study Group, the week long programme follows on from the huge success of the prestigious European Maritime Day hosted in Poole in May 2017. 

This year’s Business Programme is designed to engage delegates with the successes, opportunities and future plans of the maritime sector with the chance to hear directly from key maritime industry players and business leaders. 

The programme will launch with a STEM event on Monday 4 June. Around 100 students from 9 schools across Dorset will be tasked with a challenge set by a leading maritime business. The event aims to encourage young people to consider future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

‘Spotlight on Poole Harbour: Environment and Economics’ will follow on Wednesday 6 June. Led by Poole Harbour Study Group, this conference is designed to showcase the relationship between business, environment and the economy. 

Thursday 7 June will bring the ‘Marine Trade XChange 2018’ to Poole, delivered in partnership with British Marine. This one day conference and exhibition will include an exploration of how maritime policy, legislation and regulation is shaping up in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, as well as implications for the UK’s marine sector, particularly investment and export. It will celebrate maritime supply chains across the Dorset marine sector and beyond, giving delegates the opportunity to meet exhibitors throughout the day to develop and create business opportunities. 

Adrian Trevett, Economic Development Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “Last year’s Poole Maritime Festival provided a great platform for Poole to showcase its marine heritage and bring together industry leaders. This year’s event builds on that legacy. Poole is thrilled to once again host a world class line up of events and conferences aimed at keeping maritime eyes clearly focused on Poole!” 

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Poole Maritime Festival, Borough of Poole, added: “The Business Programme is all about bringing local businesses together and being ready for the opportunities and challenges coming up. And for Poole as a whole it’s about strengthening our reputation as a marine hub with a long standing heritage and a great future ahead.” 

To book your place at the ‘Spotlight on Poole Harbour: Environment and Economics’ Conference and/or the ‘Marine Trade XChange 2018’ visit www.poolemaritimefestival.co.uk/business-programme

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