British Marine Federation
The British Marine Federation represents a wide range of businesses in the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.

The 1600+ membership base is diverse and represents the UK marine supply chain. Examples include major world players in superyacht sector, chandlers, leading suppliers of equipment for yachts and motorboats, boatbuilders, marine consultants, boat cleaning services, brokers, flag makers, Sail Training and operators of marinas both coastal and inland.

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BMF Annual Conference, 15 July 2014, Liverpool

Summing up BMF Conference 2014

As the BMF member delegates travelled back to their regions Federation Director, Sarah Dhanda summed up the 2014 BMF Conference, 15 July 2014.

It was held for the first time in the North of the UK, in the historic surroundings of the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool

Consistency rules!

Keynote speaker at this year's BMF annual conference was Andrew McMillan. Andrew spent 20 years with the John Lewis partnership and now advises both the private and public sectors on sales and service culture.

In a very lively presentation Andrew used video examples from Virgin Atlantic and John Lewis to examine ways of improving customer service and engagement.

He shared his six principles of customer service with the BMF delegates

President looks forward

Fiona Pankhurst has just taken over the Presidency of the British Marine Federation. One of her first tasks was to thank the Right Worshipful, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Erica Kemp for her wonderful welcome to the city for the BMF's annual conference.

Fiona applauded the keynote speaker of the BMF Conference, Andew McMillan before looking forward to the next two years as President.

BMF at Liverpool's Maritime Museum

The BMF's annual conference is taking place in Liverpool today (15 July). Delegates are enjoying high quality presentations in the fascinating surroundings of the Maritime Museum.

The theme of the conference is "Growth"

Amrit Sandhar from Best Companies presented a insightful session on employee engagement.

ASAP Supplies at the Boat Show

Beccles based ASAP Supplies are enjoying the upturn.

Sales Manager Tom Edwards said at the London Boat Show that sales are now building.

South West students meet the industry

Oliver Colvile MP

Plymouth MP Oliver Colville is urging young people to consider the marine industry as a career.

Speaking at the London Boat Show he told students from the South West that there are excellent opportunities in the marine sector. He pointed out that Plymouth is a global leader in marine science, engineering and research.

University Student Katy Rae-Jones

Katy, one of the party of students from University of Plymouth.

Second year student Emmit

Also from University of Plymouth Emmit is using the trip to the Show to make new contacts.

BMF South West

Will Blagden BMF South West Chairman

The BMF South West region Chairman talks about the student visit to the London Boat Show they organised on Wednesday.

CBI Director General visits Show

John Cridland, Director General of the CBI, applauded the positive marine industry statistics and urged the government to listen to the entrepreneurs in the industry as they look to grow exports. He spoke to our reporter Tracey Clarke

BMF CEO welcomes upbeat stats

Howard Pridding, CEO of British Marine Federation has welcomed the latest statistics for the leisure marine industry.

Figures out today suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the London Boat Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

Marine electronics company investing in future

Figures out today suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the London Boat Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research, the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Garmin is also experiencing an upturn. Sales Manager, Nigel Crane confirmed that the company are investing heavily in new products.

Business Minister at London Boat Show

Minister of State for Business and Energy, Michael Fallon toured the London Boat Show today and commented on the positive economic signs for the leisure marine industry.

Princess hard work paying off

Figures out today suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the London Boat Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research, the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Princess Yachts of Plymouth is already welcoming new staff as the factory returns to work today. Managing Director Chris Gates says hard work is paying off.

Fairline fighting fit

Figures out today suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector. Companies surveyed just before the London Boat Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research, the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Fairline Boats of Corby says it’s making 25 per cent more luxury motor yachts than last year ... and it’s recruiting more staff. Chief Executive Kevin Gaskell says prospects are looking good.

Norwich company looks forward

Figures out today suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector. Companies surveyed just before the London Boat Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research, the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

AR Peachment of Norwich is a marine equipment company selling both to companies and retail customers. Technical Director Andrew Peachment says business is looking healthy.

Strong signs of Recovery

Figures released at the London Boat Show suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Malvern based English Braids are enjoying the upturn. Sales Manager Justin Jones

Recovery on the East Coast

Figures released at the London Boat Show suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Sales Manager Tom Edwards from Beccles based ASAP Supplies says sales are now building.

Positive signs for Williams

Figures released at the London Boat Show suggest the recovery is well underway in the marine sector.

Companies surveyed just before the Show said exports rose by 7.7 percent over the last financial year. Overall, sales are up by 1.7 percent. And export order books are looking healthy for 2014.

According to the British Marine Federation research the leisure marine industry is worth almost £3 billion to the UK economy each year (£2.905 billion). The sector employs 31,000 people.

Paul Roberts is Dealer Manager at Williams Performance Tenders