Key Industry Sectors

A unique geography, prominent location and entrepreneurial spirit have put Portsmouth, the great waterfront city, at the forefront of manufacturing and maritime industries for centuries.

Marine and Maritime Sector

The south coast is recognised as the UK's leading marine and maritime hub, with world-renowned research institutions and sector-leading innovative businesses. The Solent is the heart of the UK’s Marine and Maritime sector and the assets we possess enable the region, its businesses and the UK economy to compete globally.

For years, Portsmouth has been at the forefront of naval technology, and has companies leading the world in their fields. Portsmouth is home to two thirds of the Royal Navy surface fleet and in 2017, the first of the two new £3bn aircraft carriers, the largest ships ever built by the Royal Navy, arrived in the port, bringing £120m investment in the naval base. Key employers include BAE Systems, Babcock International, Rolls Royce, Sunsail, Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries and Wightlink.

Advanced manufacturing and engineering

The city has an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Business Cluster group which meets regularly with the City Council to share information and support.

The Centre for Marine Intelligent Systems, based at Portsdown Hill, to the north of the city, has been a test bed for new autonomous systems and technology to be sold to defence, commercial and scientific customers around the world. The centre now hosts the Solent Autonomous Test Bed.

ASV is at the forefront of naking unmanned robot craft. Working with the Ministry of Defence, the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton and international oil and gas companies. They employ naval architects, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers and boat builders, accessing the graduates emerging from the local universities and the marine and maritime businesses in the area.

Aerospace and Defence

This is a strong sector in the city, with Airbus, H+S Aviation, Portsmouth Aviation, BAE Systems and GKN Aerospace all based on the city's Airport Industrial Estate.

Environmental Technologies

Pall Europe, Pall Manufacturing and Pall Industrial are based at the Harbour Gate Business Park, just off the M27, in the northern part of the city

Digital and Creative

There is a strong IT sector in the city, and many creative businesses, from Anglepoise Lamps to Climax Productions who creative digital games for major companies. are based here. There are many successful software and computer services companies in the city, which is home to IBM, Bell, Honeywell and hosts the Uber office for UK and Ireland cities

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