Mersey Maritime celebrates record membership level

A leading UK maritime organisation has reported record growth levels for 2016, with over 200 businesses joining the trade group for the first time.

Mersey Maritime, representative body for the maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region, has developed a reputation as one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations. So far in 2016, a total of 23 businesses have become joined the not-for-profit organisation, taking the membership to 203.

The partnership represents the interests of the ports and maritime sector, working to help these businesses flourish. The sector accounts for 13% of Merseyside’s GDP, and is worth more than £3.4 billion. The trade body has extended the membership programme, with 25 events so far this year.

The CEO for Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke said: “There are four key benefits to membership including networking, business support, lobbying support, and training and education. One way we can support business growth very effectively is to provide access to industry focused events and key decision makers. For many smaller businesses, this is exactly the kind of leg-up they need to build strong effective networks and be able to reach the right people quickly when opportunities arise.”

With the UK on the brink of leaving the EU, Shirling-Rooke feels that “the benefits of being part of a strong, dynamic cluster are readily apparent”.