Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC)

Plymouth is globally recognised for its outstanding marine offer, and the ambitious plans for the city to continue elevating growth in the marine sector are reflected in Plymouth City Council's new Oceansgate Enterprise Zone development.

The Marine Business Technology Centre is a key asset at the new waterside commercial site, offering in-depth product testing and development of marine-related technologies, supported by the vast knowledge and assets from the University of Plymouth and wider network of expert marine organisations.

Thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the project allows a response to sector wide problems by testing facilities on fixed, local and global scales. 

The project is led by Plymouth City Council, and delivered through the University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the Marine Biological Association, and the University of Exeter.

Are you an SME in Devon?

If so, you could be eligible to work with our marine experts to put your products and innovative concepts through extensive testing, making the most of advanced assets without the charge. 

You'll have access to our academics and researchers with deep insight and knowledge of marine technology, and benefit from relevant, bespoke business support. The collaboration of partners in the region also brings complementary research, developments and innovation capabilities to the project.

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Smart Sound Plymouth

Smart Sound Plymouth is Britain’s premier proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the marine sector, and is ideally suited for building and supporting the next generation of advanced marine technologies. 

Co-ordinated through the Marine Business Technology Centre, Smart Sound Plymouth is a partnership between five organizations boasting considerable expertise in autonomous systems, environmental sensor technologies, alternative propulsion, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

Find out how the University of Plymouth is working with Oceans Gate. 


Oceans Gate is the new home of marine enterprise in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Bringing together marine-based businesses to create a world-class hub for marine industries, with opportunities for research, innovation and production in a collaborative environment.

Project team

Contact us

For enquiries at the University of Plymouth:

Contact Steve Rice at steven.rice@plymouth.ac.uk or on +44 1752 588301

For enquiries at Smart Sound Plymouth:

Contact Dr James Fishwick at JRFI@pml.ac.uk

Or find us at Oceansgate:

Visit: Endeavour House, Oceansgate, Plymouth, PL1 4RW

Call: 01752 304802

Email: mbtc@plymouth.gov.uk

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.