Maritime Sector Applauds 'Levelling Up' Investment in Coastal Communities
Maritime UK, the industry body representing the maritime sector, has welcomed the recent announcement of the second round of ‘Levelling Up’ funding by the Government. This funding includes a range of projects aimed at benefiting the sector and addressing the economic challenges faced by coastal communities across the United Kingdom. The maritime industry is a crucial pillar of the country’s economy, contributing a staggering £116 billion and supporting over a million jobs. It also holds great potential for fostering economic growth and narrowing regional disparities in the country.
Coastal areas, despite their importance, often grapple with economic difficulties and require sustained investment. Maritime UK’s research has revealed that a significant number of young people in coastal communities are compelled to leave their hometowns due to a lack of employment opportunities. Continued government support is crucial to reversing this trend and ensuring the prosperity of these regions.