Last week British Marine and group association, Superyacht UK (SYUK), gave 17 international delegates and journalists the opportunity to visit and network with a number of key British companies who provide superior quality products and services for the superyacht sector.
Taking place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 April, the SYUK Tour of Excellence took delegates from Cornwall to Sussex and demonstrated Britain’s rich heritage as seafaring pioneers with truly world-class products and services from the global superyacht arena. Naval Architects, Captains, Technical Managers and Managing Directors from international companies were sent as delegates on the Tour from companies such as Adam Marine, Bray Yacht Design, Donald L. Blount and Associates, Edmiston, Greenline Yacht Interiors, Hill Robinson, Marine Construction Services, Monaco Marine La Ciotat, Salt Superyacht Management, and Sparkman & Stephens, LLC.
In addition, the delegates attended a dedicated Showcase Evening held at the University of Portsmouth to network with some of the sector’s key businesses who took part in the Tour such as AFECO, AtlasB2B, Berthon Boat Company, BH Fabrications, Burgess Marine, Cockwells, Dryad Maritime, Ensign, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Exmoor Technology, Halyard, Heirlooms, Hepworth International, Jeremy Rogers, Keystone Law, Land Rover BAR, OceanLED Marine Ltd, Oyster Yachts, Pendennis Shipyard, Peters & May, Princess Yachts, QinetiQ, Royale Oceanic, Savage Lighting, SENTIO Superyacht Consultants, Sevenstar and Teignbridge Propellers.
They were also able to enjoy an exclusive trip to Land Rover BAR’s HQ, a tour of the HMS Victory and a drinks reception and dinner, sponsored by Cornerstone, in the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
SYUK, part of British Marine, is the association supporting superyacht businesses in the UK, comprising naval architects, designers, service, finance and legal companies, equipment manufacturers and superyacht yards. The association’s mission is to represent the interests of the UK superyacht industry both at home and internationally.
Mike Carr, Chairman of SYUK and Joint MD of Pendennis Shipyard, commented: “The SYUK Tour of Excellence provided an invaluable opportunity to showcase Pendennis’ capabilities to a broad range of international industry influencers and decision makers. By welcoming and hosting delegates personally we are able to provide a detailed overview of our business and develop relationships with new contacts.”
Richard Selby, International Development Manager at British Marine and SYUK said: “Industry statistics* released by Superyacht UK last year, demonstrate that the British superyacht industry is riding the wave of economic recovery. The value of the UK superyacht industry grew by +10.2% to £542 million in 2014/15, with the sector contributing £304 million in GVA to UK GDP. The rise in demand has also translated into more jobs with 4, 000 full-time employees now in the industry (+6.9% year on year). It is important to continue to promote this sector and last week’s event was a fantastic showcase and a great opportunity for British companies to network with potential buyers.”