ARC Marine receives TDA Trade Bursary


Artificial reef construction company ARC Marine will be the first recipients of the TDA trade bursary to support their ambitions to export.

ARC Marine, with support from TDA and the Department for International Trade, are progressing a number of exciting opportunities to introduce their products overseas, including Scandinavia and United Arab Emirates.

Torbay’s Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, says: “ARC Marine are part of an important life sciences cluster which is growing in Torbay. We fully support their ambitions to grow and become one of Torbay’s successful exporting companies. The facilities at Brixham Laboratory gives them the ability to continue their research and develop their products ready for international trade. The bursary will enable them to attend summits in Europe to better understand their client’s projects and meet their demand.”

ARC marine are looking to meet international buyers and those commissioning new projects to discuss the installation of their artificial reefs. This will provide them with a greater insight into offshore wind energy innovations and present their marine reef habitat solutions to the buyers.

Tom Birbeck says: “Our discussions with overseas companies are extremely positive and we are looking forward to progressing these. We will be using the trade bursary towards our attendance at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, Germany. We’re excited to be able to meet with our potential clients face to face and demonstrate the qualities of our product and how it can benefit them.”

After experimenting with various prototypes, ARC Marine has invented a number of products ranging from artificial reef modules to sea grass habitats, all of which will be constructed in Brixham. Two artificial reefs in Vobster Quay and Lyme Bay have been very successful, with a third currently being deployed in Plymouth Sound.

Jason Buck, Investment Development Manager at TDA, says: “The trade bursary has been set up to support Torbay companies like ARC Marine to help them fulfil their export ambitions. ARC Marine has an innovative product which will provide solutions to companies both in the UK and internationally. We are now looking for more ambitious Torbay companies, who are new to export or already exporting but would like to explore new markets, to come forward and apply for the bursary.”

The trade bursary is helping Torbay SMEs to access new country markets. The companies will also be able to access all of the export support available through the local trade advisor from Department for International Trade (DIT).

To find out more about how TDA can provide export support visit www.tda-business.com/export-support