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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.

We offer

A collaborative partnership between local and national government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, technology developers, academia and industry

  • A physical and geographic zone with priority focus for marine energy technology development, energy generation projects and industry growth

The geographic scope of the South West Marine Energy Park (MEP) extends from Bristol to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, with a focus around the ports, research facilities and industrial clusters found in Cornwall, Plymouth and Bristol. At the heart of the South West MEP is the access to the significant tidal, wave and offshore wind resources off the South West coast and in the Bristol Channel.

The core objective of the South West MEP is to create a positive business environment that will foster business collaboration, attract investment and accelerate the commercial development of the marine energy sector.

“The South West Marine Energy Park builds on the region’s unique mix of renewable energy resource and home-grown academic, technical and industrial expertise. Government will be working closely with the South West MEP partnership to maximise opportunities and support the Park’s future development. ”
Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State, DECC

Download a copy of the SWMEP Prospectus here.

We support

  • Avon
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • People
  • New Business
  • Technology
  • Networks
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


As important as the assets and resources, the MEP designation also recognises the important collaborative partnership that has been created in the South West between local government, universities and the private sector.

To date over 60 private companies have agreed to support the development of the South West MEP and have provided resources and expertise to develop the concept and to champion the South West MEP within the wider industry. They have also contributed significantly to the content and production of this prospectus.

In the future it is expected that the industry will continue to play an active leadership role within the collaborative partnership and will provide strategic direction for the overall South West MEP development programme.

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