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British Marine Expo ends first run

Staff from Sailing Holidays accept the British Marine Leisure Boating Customer Service Award.

Staff from Sailing Holidays accept the British Marine Leisure Boating Customer Service Award.

The first British Marine Expo successfully ended its two-day run. The event was organized by British Marine in association with HPi Verification Services. The U.K. trade association said in a statement that about 750 marine industry employees attended the event and another 1,000 watched 50 experts speaking at seminars and meetings live on social media.

“We couldn’t be more delighted by the success of our first ever British Marine Expo and the positive reception we have received from the industry,” said Lesley Robinson, CEO at British Marine, in the statement. “It was a true coming together of all sectors. An opportunity for businesses to work together, network and learn about what’s happening in the industry, especially the challenges but more importantly the growth opportunities which are available.”

The first day started with a panel debate with sailing representatives and other industry speakers, including special guest Dee Caffari MBE, discussing the latest environmental research and conservation projects. The second day featured a talk on the British Marine and RYA’s joint environmental initiative, The Green Blue, and initial details on what British Marine is doing to further minimize the impact of its Southampton International Boat Show on the planet in 2019.

The Expo concluded with a keynote called “Sustainable sailing: a goal with no compromise,” by Nigel Stuart, Managing Director at Spirit Yachts. “Stuart gave a passionate talk to a packed audience eager to hear his opinion on the environmental challenges faced by the industry and the collaborative approach needed to secure longevity for the sector,” said a statement.

Companies exhibiting in the Expo also had positive feedback. “It’s been great,” said Iain Cook, product manager at Scanstrut, in the statement. “We’ve had enquiries here which we wouldn’t have had anywhere else.” 

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