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Day 1


Registration and exhibition opens


Conference Open


Welcome address and official conference opening

British Marine President Ian Cooke and CEO Lesley Robinson welcome address and official conference opening joined by Robert Courts, MP, Minister of Maritime, Aviation and Security. 


KEYNOTE: Gin-novation: The Salcombe Spirit of Innovation and Sustainability
Howard Davies, Salcombe Distilling Company                                                                                                                                                      

Salcombe Distilling Co. produces the internationally award-winning Salcombe Gin and non-alcoholic spirits ‘New London Light’*.

Creating innovative products and partnerships is at the heart of Salcombe Distilling Co. (SDCo); ensuring we have a unique proposition and can succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. In this presentation, we will take a look at the story of SDCo to date, in particular reviewing both our serious and fun endeavours to differentiate our brands alongside our progressive focus on sustainability… all fuelled by a love of fine spirits and passion for life on and around the water.

Followed by interactive audience Q&A


Refreshment break


Session 1: Leisure crafts - Utilising high-performance technologies,

with interactive audience Q&A

Moderator: Ross Wombwell, Head of Techncial Services - British Marine

Decarbonising leisure marine through unique technology and design

Simon Schofield, CTO at Bar Technologies

Iain Percy, CEO at Artemis Technologies

Tom Humphreys, CEO at Humphreys Yacht Design


Lunch and networking


This session is sponsored by Marine Resources. Alongside British Marine’s Training Team, they will also be providing recruitment and retention advice within the British Marine Members Hub.

Session 2a: Staffing matters - attracting and retaining staff post-COVID

Moderator: Ben Martin, Principal Advisory at HKS

Exploring innovating methods for recruiting and retaining an engaged workforce. What are the new challenges, enablers and understanding the YOLO generation?

Speakers are:

James Ward, CEO & Founder at Marine Resources

Mark Morgan, Managing Director at Lakeland Leisure Estates Ltd 

Carl Onens, Managing Director at ABC Leisure

Alison Thompson, Head of Learning and Development at Princess Yachts

Session 2b workshop: <24m recreational and commercial craft sector industry - the next 10 years.

The <24m recreational and commercial craft sector is operating within a rapidly changing environment and demanding societal challenges. Embracing new and emerging technologies is vital to Maritime 2050 and ensuring global competitiveness.

Moderator: Ross Wombwell, Head of Technical Services at British Marine

Ian Stock, Director of 3spheres Consultancy 

Session 2c: Maximising revenue through disruption

Real examples of how existing marine products have been enhanced and brought to market to attract a new customer base

Moderator: Justine Heeley, CEO at ICE 

Jelte Liebrand, CEO and Founder of Savvy Navvy

Kate Morrison, Product Manager - Design and Development at Rooster

Ben Green, Head of Design at OMS











Session 2d: Living with VAT and customs in a post Brexit world

Moderator: Brian Clark, Head of Public Affairs, Member Relations & Research at British Marine

This session will discuss the frustrations around customs and VAT and use real world examples to myth bust challenges businesses are now facing.

Speakers are:

Simon Anslow, Partner VAT Services at PKF Francis Clark

Pat Treanor, Commercial Manager Customs and Fiscal Services at GAC UK


Refreshment break


Session 3: Economist Ed Balls on the future of the marine industry

The last 2 years have had a massive impact on the industry with order books full, limited broker stock listings and a real public desire to get on the water. But, where does that leave the industry? This session looks at the projected future and challenges that could put a serious stop on growth.

Join Ed Balls, former Shadow Chancellor, academic, author and broadcaster, who will share his insight into the future economic landscape of the UK marine industry.

Followed by live panel discussion with James Crew, Marine Sales Director Close Brothers, Suzanne Blaustone, CEO at Barton Marine, Ema Talam, MSC Economics at Staffordshire University and Mike Wimbridge, Managing Director at Pantaenius and an interactive audience Q&A session.


Conference Day One closes


British Marine and Boating Business Awards, networking dinner

Join us at the British Marine & Boating Business Annual Awards evening, presented by Ed Balls.

Ceremony followed by buffet dinner and the opportunity network with your industry peers at our drinks reception sponsored by the MTA (Marine Trades Association) from 19:00

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Day 2


CEO breakfast briefing with keynote with Allan Lambert, Habitat First Group

In a post-pandemic world, Staycations are here to stay... but what does the outlook look like for operators?  It's no longer just about the right product, in the right place and at the right price. People, Purpose, and Planet are fast becoming the driving force for many consumers. The businesses fastest to adapt to this systemic change in consumer behaviour gain a competitive edge not only as an employer choice, a preferred destination for investment but also the obvious choice for the next generation of holiday guests.

Sharing insights and thoughts of tourism as a force for good, Allan Lambert is CEO of Habitat First Group.  As a Resort operator, 25 years in the making and dedicated to the principle of creating holiday home communities that share a deep love for Mother Nature.  Combining excellence in architecture, state-of-the-art facilities, security, and service.  Creating an oasis of space where families can holiday comfortably and responsibly, while safely exploring the great outdoors.  


Session 1a: Transforming the capability and perception of a sector through effective use of policy, regulations and strategy development.

Using strategic thinking and strategies to increase profile and support for better results. 

Moderator: Ed Helps, British Marine Board Member and Director at ABC Leisure Group

Speakers are:

Kurt Janson, Director of Tourism Alliance

Ryan Day, Property and Portfolio Manager at Hoseasons

Martin Latimer, Senior Partner of Blue Sea Consulting

James Stuart, One Planet Consulting & British Marine Scotland

Session 1b: Wesup: Modernising , Monitising & Innovating Maritime Culture with Sean White, Founder at Wesup

As SUP began to rise in popularity by 2016, Sean built an innovative shipping container conversion that became the most stylish, modern watersport center in the country and its success was revolutionary for the business and the sport. That shipping container module became 'Wesup HQ' - an out of the box activity center that could be fully developed off site and delivered anywhere in the world, plugged in and played out at any worthy waterside spot. Now spanning 3 South Coast counties and operating one of the fastest growing leisure, lifestyle & hospitality business in the UK, Sean is now helping the maritime industry and associated businesses to capitalise on the opportunity of SUP as the fastest growing and most accessible water sport of all time.

Session 1c: Sustainability - the route to electrification

Hear from industry leaders on how they are developing new innovative solutions, products and services to achieve government's net-zero targets by 2050.

Steve Bruce, MD of ePropulsion

Alistair Reay, MD of HPI CE Proof

Phil Horton, Environment and Sustainability Manager of the RYA

Paolo Enrico Favino, Head of Domestic Emissions Policy at DfT

Helen Taylor, Ambassador for Ecotricity



Health and wellbeing on the water, with interactive Q&A session

With growing awareness of issues associated with both physical and mental well-being this panel session will explore how getting out on the water can be used to help individuals and increase business performance.

Speakers are:

Ben Martin, Principal Advisory at HKS

Dr William Bird, CEO at Intelligent Health

Phil Scowcroft, Club Support Officer at British Canoeing

Lynne-Marie Dale, Paddle Support Officer and Social Prescription Officer at Black Dog Paddling Programme


Session 1d: Technological advances to share our waterways, with interactive Q&A session

Panel to discuss the challenges facing the future of our inland waterways, how we keep them clean, share our space and still positively manage the customer experience.

Speakers to include:

Richard Parry, CEO, Canal & River Trust

John Packman, CEO, Broads Authority (answering questions only)

Julian Kennard, National Senior Navigation Adviser at Environment Agency at Environment Agency

Matthew Symonds, National Boating Manager, Canal & River Trust

Ed Helps, British Marine Board Member 

Julian Kennard, National Senior Navigation Adviser at Environment Agency


Session 1e: The art of customer retention and acquisition, with interactive Q&A session

An opportunity to learn from Simon spent 9 years at the company, ultimately his team delivered 1000’s of new weekly offers to their 23m subscribers – or quite simply new customers to their clients. He will look at the impact of technology, setting customer’s expectations and how to keep them

Simon Taylorson, Commercial Director, British Marine

Haley Hadley, Sales & Marketing Director at ABC Leisure Group


Refreshment break


Session 3: British Marine briefing

Hear from Ian Cooke, British Marine President, on updates including Southampton International Boat Show 2022,, future international events and much much more! network with your industry peers.

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Session 4: Build a better mousetrap or build a better environment for the mouse?

Speaker: Paul Tomes, Co-founder of HopYacht


Conference closing address

Final thoughts from British Marine President Ian Cooke


Networking buffet lunch

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