Plymouth is a global centre of excellence for the marine sector, with a cluster of specialist marine businesses linked to a strong advanced manufacturing sector and world-class research expertise through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership.
The Mayflower 400 Marine Tech Expo was initiated in 2016 as a biennial conference aimed at supporting the sector’s growth, aligning with wider activity such as Oceansgate and incorporating city specialisms such as autonomous vessel technology, advanced engineering, manufacturing and product commercialisation.
The 2016 Expo succeeded in bringing 100 senior business representatives to the city, including 44 bookings at director level and 13 Managing Directors. 61% of attendees came from outside of Plymouth. The 2018 Expo grew significantly from these foundations, attracting over 200 attendees including a greater international presence.
The project is now looking to further expand for 2020, using the commemoration to raise awareness and engagement from the US and Dutch markets. It will continue after 2020 as a legacy project to ensure that Plymouth continues to promote the exceptional organisations based in the city.
Due to the momentum gained through previous events, Plymouth has recently seen the Marine Business Technology Centre established within Oceansgate. Both the 2016 and 2018 Mayflower 400 Marine Trade Expos were accompanied by a schools STEM programme, blending learning activity with opportunities to gain vocational insight.
This element of the Expo will also grow, with a schools event planned for the fallow year of 2019. A dedicated day of education activity will accompany the 2020 itineration.
Smeatons Tower, Plymouth Hoe
The final stop before the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic, Britain's Ocean City is one of England's fastest growing destinations, home to the famous Mayflower Steps.
Monument / Memorial
A monument to commemorate and mark the departure of the Mayflower ship from Plymouth in 1620.
Smeaton's Tower is a memorial to celebrated civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse.
The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom.
The Royal William Victualling Yard was the major victualling depot of the Royal Navy and an important adjunct of Devonport Dockyard.
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