UK trade association British Marine has teamed up with the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) to construct the first comprehensive blueprint of the UK marine manufacturing supply chain. The sector is estimated to be worth around £800m, supporting over 12,000 jobs.

“Though we have a general understanding of the value the sector provides, we don’t currently hold the level of detail which will help to pinpoint where future support will be required. The benefits of doing so will be significant,” says Sarah Dhanda, member and services director at British Marine.

UK businesses within the marine supply chain have until Friday, October 30 to complete the survey, which can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MarineSupply. All respondents will be entered into a prize draw.

The strategy is to integrate the outlook of individual companies, obtained through a 15-minute online questionnaire, into a map of the entire industry. This will then be used to identify where the UK’s capabilities lie, better understand the gaps in UK provision, and highlight where the overseas alternatives exist.

The findings will be relied upon by the British government and its agencies when sanctioning much-needed support to the industry.