The South West Marine Energy Park (MEP) was launched on 23 January 2012, marking an exciting phase in marine energy industry development in the south west of England. The South West MEP provides a focus for industry and investment to generate jobs and business opportunities for the regional economy. The designation of the South West MEP has helped to cement the UKs position as the centre of the emerging global industry.

The South West MEP designation recognises the superb physical assets and resources in the South West as well as the high concentration of research facilities and industrial excellence. The designation also recognises the important collaborative partnership that has been created in the South West between government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, public sector, universities and industry.

The close proximity of resources and infrastructure, together with a strong industry and research base, creates a unique environment which the South West MEP will harness to accelerate the commercialisation of new technology and sustain industrial growth. The South West MEP is governed by a steering board made up of members from the public and private sector, including representatives from universities, industry, the Local Enterprise Partnerships and more. The board works closely with government and stakeholders to promote the marine energy industry within the region and nationally.

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