Boating business sees Brexit as major opportunity
TheYachtMarket.com, which has a two-year deal to put its name to the Southampton Boat Show, says Brexit presents a great opportunity for the country’s leisure marine industry.
TheYachtMarket.com founder and CEO Richard W. Roberts, said: “I know that many within the UK leisure marine industry are disappointed over Brexit, but I am convinced that it will help our industry to re-energise and find new markets. As an island nation, Britain has led the maritime world for centuries. I have no doubt we have the products, skills and know-how to do it again.”
“I happen to believe Brexit will be a huge opportunity for the UK marine industry,” he added. “We have a long history of innovation for the manufacturing of market leading equipment and vessels. We now need to rise to the challenge that Brexit may present in the short term whilst remaining totally confident about our longer-term capabilities and wider international goals.”
Later this year TheYachtMarket.com will add a new strand to its business – selling new boats direct from dealers and manufacturers. “It’s time to embrace the manufacturers and give them a showcase for their products to complement the second-hand market. It’s going to be a real innovation for the industry and one we’re really excited about. Having the boat builders on board will square the circle for us enabling our buyers and sellers to search for the full spectrum of new and used boats.”
At the show in Southampton’s Mayflower Park, TheYachtMarket.com name will be extremely high profile as you would hope and expect but the company is also investing heavily in its stand.
Richard said: “The stand will be hugely interactive with the film we’ve made about people living their dreams by buying a boat, providing the backdrop. Also, thanks to the generosity of our partners, we’ll also be running competitions for prizes worth more than £20,000.
“The jewel in the crown though is the Knowledge Zone where we will cover everything about buying, selling and maintaining your boat. Each day there will be practical hints, tips, demonstrations and advice from top marine surveyors, manufacturers, brokers, and experts in Customs, VAT, insurance, finance, charter and coding. We want to extend that invitation to the manufacturers so they too can have another platform to engage with potential clients.”