South West region leading the way

January 24, 2023

As a responsible manufacturing business in North Devon, we are thrilled about the news of this funding for the Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre project. This development brings significant social and economic benefits for our local community aswell as positioning the South-West region as a leader in addressing the pressing issues of the climate emergency and ecological crisis that affects us all. 


The Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre project has received a major boost with £15.6 million of funding from the Levelling Up Fund. This funding, issued by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, will be used to create a state-of-the-art research and innovation facility in the heart of Appledore, Torridge.

The Centre is expected to open in 2025, and will bring together cutting-edge research and industry partnerships from the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth. This exciting project will position Appledore and Torridge at the forefront of clean energy generation and clean marine propulsion, bringing well-paid and highly-skilled employment to the area, as well as new opportunities for local businesses to innovate.


The Centre will also support the Petroc College to increase its range of maritime courses, and will bring University research outposts to Torridge, providing a wealth of benefits for the local community.


The Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre project is set to drive economic growth, create high-paying jobs, and promote prosperity not just in the region but for the entire country. It will expand the region’s capabilities and provide opportunities for more collaboration with major industrial partners and their supply chains.


To find out more about the Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre project, visit

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