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British Marine invites you to three days of learning, conversation and collaboration.

About this Event

To help our members choose the right session for them, the content of this year’s Digital Spring Expo has been themed around 3 key areas; ‘Road to Recovery’, ‘Participation & Tourism’ and ‘Trade’.

Our full agenda has been published and a summary can be viewed below. Click register to view all the details and confirm your attendance. Once you have registered, you will be able to access the online event page, which contains all of the webinar links and detail you need to attend. A link to this page will also be sent by email.

Tuesday 16th March – Road to Recovery - see full agenda here

Road to Recovery is the focus of day one and will aim to aid businesses chart a post-Brexit course and COVID-19 recovery. Keynote speaker Martin Beck, Senior Economist at Oxford Economics, will deliver a speech titled “Light at the end of the tunnel”, addressing the year ahead for British businesses and the challenges and opportunities presented by the global pandemic. A full agenda of webinars and networking sessions will follow, and members will have the chance to voice their opinions on key issues such as UK law and VAT changes.

  • (09:00 - 09:10) Welcome from Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, and Ian Cooke, President of British Marine, including an overview of the sessions coming up over the next three days of the Digital Spring Expo and an update on the British Marine National Agenda
  • (09:15 – 10:00) Keynote speaker: Martin Beck from Oxford Economics
  • (10:30 – 11:15) Working with the media
  • (11:30 – 12:00) Networking
  • (13:00 – 13:45) Shaping UK laws post-Brexit – have your say
  • (14:15 – 15:00) VAT: What’s changed?
  • (15:30 - 16:15) Statistics & Research: the benefit to members

Wednesday 17th March – Participation & Tourism - see full agenda here

Participation & Tourism is the focus for day two as another ‘staycation’ summer approaches. A key focus of the day is identifying the resources available to our members in helping them to attract new customers and increase watersports participation in the UK.

  • (08:30 – 09:30) Networking hosted by Ben Taylor
  • (10:15 – 11:00) Leveraging changing consumer and market trends
  • (11:30 – 12:15) Maximising opportunities in marine tourism
  • (12:30 – 13:00) Networking
  • (14:15 - 15:00) Engagement and Performance: Social Media 101
  • (15:15 – 16:00) The Green Economy – it’s actually blue!
  • (16:15 - 17:00) Discover Boating: How to increase participation

Thursday 18th March – Trade - see full agenda here

Spring Expo concludes with a day focussing on Trade, particularly what opportunities are available globally, including funding support for businesses and new customs procedures following Brexit.

  • (10:15 – 11:00) Maximising global trade opportunities
  • (11:30 – 12:00) Networking
  • (12:30 - 13:15) Funding support
  • (13:45 – 14:30) Completing new customs declarations for EU trade
  • (15:00 – 16:30) Working together to achieve Net-Zero emissions

What is the cost? As a British Marine member, tickets are included in your membership. For non-members, we have created an attractive offer so you are not missing out.

  • £89 for one day
  • £159 for three days

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Please note that British Marine would not in any circumstances sell the attendee list for this event. If you receive such a request, please treat it as SPAM.


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