CMN support “vital”

L-R: Kevin Lavery, Sandra Rothwell & Paul Wickes

Cornwall Marine Network (CMN)’s support to the marine industry was described as “vital” during a recent visit by Council chief executive Kevin Lavery.

Lavery was visiting CMN’s newly-expanded offices along with head of economic development Sandra Rothwell.

The pair heard how CMN is dedicated to increasing the prosperity of its member marine businesses and has brought £6.1 million of funding into the Cornish marine sector since 2005.

“The marine sector is an important part of Cornwall’s economy,” said Lavery. “As well as its direct economic impact in terms of good quality jobs and value to the economy, it is also a key element of a wider range of industries such as offshore renewables and tourism.

“The work of Cornwall Marine Network is clearly vital in ongoing support to the sector in areas such as marketing and training. We also see the network having a very valuable role in the future – not least in helping our two-way communications between marine related business and the emerging Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.”

CMN CEO Paul Wickes added: “We were delighted that Kevin and Sandra were able to take time out of their obviously busy schedules at the moment to gain a closer insight into the way CMN has devoted the last six years to establishing itself as the trusted marine sector broker for Cornwall.

“They clearly understand the economic importance of marine as one of the key priority sectors in Cornwall.”