Although the UK is no longer a major commercial shipbuilder, it retains and is further developing manufacturing expertise in a range of niche sectors. These exhibit upper quartile expertise, capability and cost-effectiveness in comparison with the global industry. This is especially true of the naval and leisure sectors, but applies also to the equipment industry, where a hungry export market seeks out British designs and products. 

The UK still retains a significant position in shipbuilding in the context of the European industry. Its specialist and complex manufacturing capability in the leisure market are well recognised.  The complexity and capability in the naval shipbuilding sector are also acknowledged. British yards undertake and successfully deliver ships that are up to 30 times more complex than relatively simple commercial ship designs manufactured elsewhere in the world.

LeaderSHIP2020 was launched in February 2013 by the EU and provides a number of recommendations to support sustainable growth, high value jobs and address the societal challenges that the shipbuilding and maritime industry currently face.

The UK has a wide range of companies that have the knowledge and expertise:

BAE Systems
Burgess Marine 
Blyth Work Cats
Cammell Laird
Ferguson Marine
Goodchild Marine
Princess Yachts
RS Sailing
Seaward Boats
South Boats