New home for growing marine network


The growth of a service organisation to the marine industry has seen it relocate to brand new office premises at Falmouth Business Park.

Cornwall Marine Network, which is owned by 340 independent marine businesses in the region, will double in size in the months leading up to Christmas, and has outgrown its former premises at the Marine Skills Centre.

Its new home, a 1,861 sq. ft. self contained office building has been developed by leading regeneration specialist, Priority Sites, and boasts a variety of energy saving features, including ground source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting facilities.

The company is renting the building and has an option to purchase it at a later date.

Falmouth Business Park
(L-R) Jon Ball of Miller Commercial with Paul Wickes of Cornwall Marine Network and Robert McGuffie of Priority Sites

Paul Wickes, chief executive of Cornwall Marine Network, commented: “We will be expanding our services in line with our growth plans, and one key area on which we will be focused is the green agenda. We felt that we had to lead by example, so committing to office premises here which feature these great eco credentials seemed a very positive thing to do. In addition, we were impressed by the development itself which is set in landscaped grounds and which offers modern, attractive premises situated conveniently close to the Penryn bypass and the A39.”

Robert McGuffie, development manager of Priority Sites, which has an office in Redruth, added: “We are delighted that Cornwall Marine Network have decided to relocate to Falmouth Business Park. Units here are ideal for companies looking to expand their operations or improve their accommodation as they offer flexible modern accommodation with forward-thinking energy saving features which contribute to lower running costs. The fact that the company is expanding and is set to take on more staff is also great news for the local economy, and we are pleased to be assisting with such positive plans.”

Jon Ball of Miller Commercial, the appointed agent, said: “The development has been popular with a variety of businesses since it was completed last year and now boasts several tenants, while continuing to attract high levels of interest. This high quality accommodation set in a convenient location is proving a winner with a cross section of companies. That they can rent with an option to purchase further down the line is an added incentive.”