Major milestone for CMN

Paul Wickes

Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) has announced the passing of a major milestone with the creation and filling of more than 4,000 jobs and apprenticeships since its inception in 2005.

The membership organisation – which is jointly owned by over 350 unique Cornish marine businesses – has “defied gravity” according to CEO Paul Wickes – winning record levels of new business during the pandemic and supporting members through the difficult economic climate.

Wickes said: “The whole team is immensely proud to have reached this milestone with our members during such tough times.

“It’s an achievement which cements Cornwall’s reputation as a leading international player in the rapidly evolving marine industries. We’re predicting increased investment and opportunities as decarbonisation of the sector becomes part of the UK Government’s ‘net zero by 2050’ drive.”

The maritime jobs created – which encompass everything from welding engineers to traditional shipwrights, operations managers to hydrographic surveyors and sailing instructors – will help Cornish marine businesses continue to compete at the highest level.

Wickes added: “The CMN team has grown every year we have existed and on average, every working day for the last 16 years we have created a new job somewhere in Cornwall. That’s a high value job in a growing industry, with a great future!”