Marine leaders have been delivering inspiring presentations at an international conference in Cornwall, aimed at boosting innovation within the marine industry.
The two-day Dynamics of Business Innovation Conference, at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth, has been organised by Cornwall Development Company and Cornwall Marine Network on behalf of Cornwall Council. It is part of a pan-European project called Nautisme Espace Atlantiqe (NEA2), which supports marine leisure business bordering Atlantic coastal regions.
Matthew Clarke spoke to Alex Lake from the Cornwall Development Company:
The conference attracted speakers such as triple round-the-world yachtsman Conrad Humphries, leading designer of record breaking yachts Nigel Irens and eco design and sustainability pioneer Chris Hines MBE.
The specialists in their chosen fields addressed 100 delegates from marine businesses across the Duchy, plus from partner organisations in France, Spain and Portugal. In addition, there were interactive workshops delivered by the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Oxford Innovation on subjects such as launching new products and raising finance.
Oxford Innovation’s Sarah Livingston revealed a few tips:
Matthew Clarke also spoke to Georgia White from the Cornwall Marine Network Marketing Executive:
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is the perfect setting for the industry event, against the backdrop of the world’s third largest deep-water harbour.
The conference has been focussing on sustainability within the sector and delegates have heard from green innovative businesses. One of Europe’s leading-edge electric boats, the French-owned Remora, demonstrated its eco-friendly credentials in the harbour while market-leading boatbuilders Rustler Yachts and Pendennis Shipyard opened their doors to the delegates for guided tours.
Matthew Clarke spoke to Mike Reynolds of A&P Falmouth:
Here is a mini-documentary about the conference (lasting 7 minutes):
For more information about Oxford Innovation in Cornwall, visit: www.growcornwall.co.uk
For details about the Cornwall Marine Network, visit: www.cornwallmarine.net