Business Support Services

The multi-faceted world of boating features a whole range of support services to serve owners, other water users and the marine industry. Within British Marine membership you'll find marine finance, insurance and legal services, consultants and business services, boat transportation companies, marine PR and marketing specialists, recruitment specialists, publishers and many more disciplines besides. All share the common ground of adhering to British Marine standards. 

Find a British Marine business support member company here >

This sector is represented by the British Marine Trades Association, the British Marine Insurance Financial & Legal Services Association and The Yacht Harbour Association amongst others.

Members in this sector benefit from the full range of British Marine services including PR and marketing opportunities, free credit checking, access to specialist research, training, free recruitment ads, marine specific legal advice and signposting to grants. Plus of course access to the whole base of British Marine members through exclusive networking events and via the match-making expertise of the membership team.

Open quote for member endorsementBritish Marine has been an intrinsic part of our expansion plans – it is really helpful at pointing us toward the right people and the right places.

 Joe Howard, Sales Engineer, Process Measurement and Analysis

Group Associations for this sector

British Marine Trades Association     IFLSA The Yacht Harbour Association Logo
Business Support Services Benefits
Apprentice Mentoring Workshop

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - follow-up

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Apprentice Mentoring Workshop - Initial

British Marine with support of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are offering two workshops (one full day followed by a one half day) for those people who have an active role in mentoring apprentices.

Boat Show Benefits for Members

Along with the boat show discount available to British Marine members, we have additional benefits for members to take advantage of at the shows;

Boat Show Discounts

British Marine members are entitled to receive discount off their stand space at our Shows

Hotel Boats

Hotel Boats

Marine Job Vacancies

British Marine have constant postings of vacancies from its 1600 members for jobs in the leisure marine industry. From Boat building, apprenticeships, boat fitting, brokerage, design, engineering and marina staff to watersports instructors, on board staff, shipwrights, sailing instructors and skippers.

Social Media

British Marine is pleased to offer a full day of Social Media training in August. The day will be split into two sessions and delegates can either attend the morning or afternoon session or they can attend both.

Training Courses

British Marine training is passionate about the development and progression of the UK marine industry. From career prospects to recruitment to training grants and training courses, we are here to assist and advise.

Apprenticeship Levy

In December, the Government announced details of the Apprenticeship Levy which will come into force from April 2017.

Become a Committee Member

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Boat Safety Scheme

The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways' workforce and any other users.

Boating Consumer Research

Boating Consumer Research: British Marine funds and produces research that seeks to improve understanding of consumer trends in a wide variety of leisure boating sub-sectors. This includes research on boating participation behaviour, as well as purchasing and spending habits.

British Marine Affinity

British Marine, in partnership with AF Affinity, brings all members a new membership benefit offering savings and discounts.

British Marine Boating VISA Card

British Marine's official Credit Card offers great value with attractive rates and additional benefits to cardholders, including exclusive offers.

British Marine Industry Trends November 2015 to June 2016

British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period November 2015 - June 2016 is now available to download.

British Marine Industry Trends Survey Jun-Nov 2015

British Marine Industry Trends Survey June 2015 to November 2015. British Marine conducts a survey bi-annually to measure current business performance and trends in the marine industry over the last six months and future expectations. The latest version of this report for the period June 2015 - November 2015 is now available to download.

British Marine mediation scheme for members

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and can be a time and cost efficient process for resolving disputes. British Marine has set up a mediation scheme to enable the easy resolution of disputes within the marine industry.

British Marine Training Grants

British Marine is keen to encourage training to its members and runs a Training Grant Scheme to increase the level of training offered to employees in the marine industry. This is a great member incentive which allows member companies to apply for grants towards the cost of relevant training courses.

Careers Campaign

Feedback from British Marine members has resulted in a British Marine careers campaign to go live in March 2016. Members are keen to promote the opportunities within their businesses and the marine industry as a whole and to attract the the best candidates.

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Committees

Each Association under British Marine is run by a Committee made up of individual members.

Communicating with Members - British Marine

British Marine endeavours to ensure that its members benefit from up-to-date information on services, developments, consultations, grants opportunities, technical, legal and tax changes and Boat Shows, to name just some of the many areas covered.

Consumer Campaigns

British Marine promotes boating participation by its On The Water initiative, environmentally friendly boating through The Green Blue and the benefits of buying from British Marine members through its Look for the Logo.

Corporate Foreign Currency Exchange

If your business is regularly working with foreign currency then you could make a significant saving through this service, provided in partnership with Foenix Partners.

Crisis Management

An important service British Marine provides is Crisis Management support, there is standard documentation and templates available to help with Crisis Management advance planning too.

Discounts and Savings

British Marine offer members a number of discounts and savings. Find out what discounts and savings are available.

Download the logo - British Marine

Use the British Marine logo on your website, adverts and printed items to benefit from our national Look for the Logo campaign that promotes members' products and services to the boating public.

Environment

British Marine’s Environment & Boating Facilities service offers the best environment and planning advice to the trade.

Export Guidance

Export Guidance from British Marine on: How to reclaim foreign VAT, Export Control Licences, Press Advice for Exhibitors, The Jones Act, Incoterms and links to the ICOMIA Distributors Guide and Market Selection Index Tool.

Exporting

A guide to export for growth from British Marine in association with UKTI

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions of the British Marine Legal Services team

Floating Leisure Articles Legislation - Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

As a benefit to British Marine members, this report details Floating Leisure Articles placed on the market within the European Union

Funding

We fund members with training grants to encourage continuous staff development, plus we are continually monitoring and signposting sources of funding which are readily available from Government departments including LEPs, MAS and Innovate UK.

General Business Support

Find out about funding and business support for UK companies

Grant Funding by AF Affinity

Information on GrantResource bought to British Marine members by AF Affinity.

Headline Statistics and Infographics

Headline statistics on the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q2)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q2) provides valuable information on economic development in over 45 countries across the world, including: inflation rates, economic growth, car registrations/sales, consumer confidence, producer price index and the Big Mac Index.

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Hire Boats

International Shows

British Marine create and facilitate attendance at numerous oversea marine shows and events for its members. The International Development team are constantly monitoring target countries and emerging markets for business opportunities and the potential in assisting and supporting our members in exhibiting overseas.

International Statistics and Market Intelligence

Our market research service and market intelligence over 20 international marine markets helps members develop their business in overseas markets

Key Performance Indicators - England Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's various English regions (based on former Regional Development Agency geographies). These infographics cover the South West, South East, Greater London, East of England, West Midlands , East Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and the North East. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators - Marine Industry Sector Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy across the industry's varied sectors. These infographics cover: Boat Manufacturing; Engines & Equipment Manufacturing; Boat Wholesale & Retail; Engines & Equipment Wholesale & Retail; Marinas & Moorings; Boat Repair & Servicing; Hire, Holidays & Training; and Consumer & Business Services. They provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings and international trade (where applicable).

Key Performance Indicators - UK National and Devolved Regions Infographics

These industry infographics combine findings from across British Marine's industry economic, social and consumer market research to demonstrate the size, value and economic impact of the leisure marine economy in the UK's constituent countries and devolved administrations. These infographics cover England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and provide topline statistics on the number of marine enterprises, their turnover, gross valued added contribution, taxation, full-time equivalent employment, average employee earnings, as well as boat ownership and participation.

Key Performance Indicators and Industry Trends Research

British Marine’s Key Performance Indicators for the Leisure, Superyacht & Small Commercial Marine Industry report is a biennial report that uses aggregated data shared by our members, combined with internal knowledge of non-members involved in the marine industry, to provide a robust economic audit of the industry.

Knowledge Centre

The British Marine Knowledge centre comprises of useful articles and information to help its members in the Marine industry concerning Technical Issues, Legal and Finance, Environmental and Facilities Issues, Training, Statistics and Market Research, International Development, Marketing, External Relations and Business Support.

Latest Technical News

Latest Technical News from the British Marine Technical Team as a benefit to their members. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets.

Legal Services and VAT

British Marine do all they can to support their Members with a range of Business Support Benefits and Services, these are delivered by our Commercial Partners and by working with other Members who offer relevant services.

Look for the Logo

Look for the Logo is a campaign that highlights the key benefits of engaging with British Marine's 1600 members when buying a boat or any marine-related service or product.

Manufacturers Identity Code - MIC

One of the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is that every CE-marked boat has a unique identity number that can be used to identify the country of origin, the builder and year of build of the boat.

Marina & Harbour Developments

British Marine members can gain access to a list of current Marina & Harbour developments currently in the planning system.

Marketing Promotion - British Marine

British Marine has a multidiscipline team focused on the promotion of boating and its members, covering marketing, PR and online.

Mediation Information

Mediation is a process for resolving disputes. In mediation, parties are helped by an independent third party, the mediator, to reach an agreement with which they are happy and resolve their dispute. A good mediator is a skilled, experienced and imaginative problem solver who will be very much involved in the process of reaching a solution.

Member Directory

There are a number of British Marine member law firms, financial and commercial advisors that can help you. British Marine is the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.

Mercedes Affinity

Through the Mercedes-Benz Affinity scheme, British Marine members can enjoy all the benefits of the latest models for less than you expected.

Offers of the Month

Through the Mercedes-Benz Affinity scheme, British Marine members can enjoy all the benefits of the latest models for less than you expected.

On The Water

On The Water promotes the products and services of British Marine members and encourage the public to get started in boating and watersports.

Our Associations

British Marine has 11 regions and 16 group associations, which members can join depending on their sector and business.

Personal Development

British Marine has developed personal development accreditations to benchmark individuals within the industry to meet rigorous industry standards promoting professionalism and standardisation.

Planning Hotline

Providing a range of advice relating to planning applications, planning enforcement action and Local Plan development proposals for British Marine members.

Recreational Craft Directive

The Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) is a trade-enabling European New Approach Directive which sets minimum requirements of a boat which guarantee its suitability for sale and use within the European Union.

Representation and Promotion

Foe more than 100 years British Marine's most important role has been to represent its members and the UK marine industry

Selling Skills for the Marine Industry

Whatever your background, if your job involves selling, then the 'Selling Skills for the Marine Industry' will help you maximise your effectiveness in this crucial area.

Supporting the Industry

Find out how British Marine supports the UK marine industry. British Marine members are able to comment on current industry consultations. British Marine members come from around 4,200 businesses in today's UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine markets. The turnover of those markets is worth £2.855 billion. Register to find out the latest news from the leisure marine industry.

Technical Library

Useful links to publications, reports and other essential industry information.

Technical Publications

A one stop resource for technical publications

Technical Reports

British Marine providing industry guidance with the Technical Report, including manufacturing and environment updates.

Technical Representation - British Marine

The British Marine Technical team supplies advice and marine technical documentation, key technical committee representation and assistance on everything from general health and safety to the RCD, ISO standards and technical regulations.

Technical Support

As the membership organisation for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial Marine Industry, British Marine knows how important it is to get the details right, first time.

Template Contracts

We have developed standard template agreements to be used in the course of running your business.

The EU Referendum - British Marine

British Marine will represent its members and the wider marine industry to Government during the forthcoming Brexit negotiations and transition period and be on hand to keep members updated and to advise them on how their businesses may be affected.

The Green Blue

This is British Marine’s flagship environmental outreach programme, developed with our partners the RYA. British Marine members can take advantage of Loads of free support. Take a look!

The Green Blue

The Green Blue project is an innovative environmental awareness programme founded by British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). Its primary purpose is to enable boat users, marine businesses and sailing clubs to reduce their impact on our coastal and inland waters.

The UK Marine Labour Market

The leisure marine industry has experienced challenging times following the wake of the global financial crisis and the subsequent recessions and slow and patchy recovery of the UK economy.

Training and Careers

British Marine Training can support your business by helping you to recruit staff on our online job portal, help you attract new talent through the British Marine careers campaign and offer you assistance on training advice and information.

UK Navigation Authorities

UK Navigation Authorities

Unlimited Credit Checking

British Marine members can access unlimited UK credit reports free of charge

Value Added Tax

British Marine offer their members a free tax advice service through our dedicated British Marine VAT specialist at PKF Francis Clark.

Web marketing tips - British Marine

The Marketing, Public Relations and Online departments can help you make your product and brand more visible in the marketplace, whether through British Marine or British Marine Boat Shows.

Working with Members - British Marine

British Marine specialises in supporting individual member marine businesses with local councils, regulators, navigation authorities and regulators.

Working with others

British Marine is a member of several important business groups, that each bring together organisations from right across the UK to create a stronger voice to engage Government, regulators and Parliament for support and change. Our memberships include the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), Maritime UK, the Tourism Alliance and the Seabed User Development Group (SUDG).

Business Support Services News

Mike Golding OBE named President of the Little Ship Club

23 Mar 2017

Member news

Read how Mike Golding OBE, one of the world’s most successful offshore sailors, has been named President of British Marine member, the Little Ship Club.

training growth

Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

22 Mar 2017

The Apprenticeship Levy is being introduced on 6 April 2017 and will be paid by any UK employer that has an annual pay bill in excess of £3 million. There are certain actions that levy liable employers need to undertake. Are you ready? Read on to find out.

Invasive Species Week 2017

22 Mar 2017

From 27 March 27 – 2 April 2017, marine organisations across Britain will be joining forces for Invasive Species Week, to raise awareness of invasive non-native species (INNS) and inspire people to take action to prevent their spread. Find out how you can get involved.

training

The law has changed. Are you operating legally?

16 Mar 2017

Find out how 50% of you operate your business based on the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 2013/53/EU; the new version of which came in to force in January. It is vital you know what it contains to ensure you operate within the legal framework. Over the next few weeks we will explain some of the changes within the Directive and how this may start to affect members within different parts of the marine sectors. Today's guidance concentrates on changes regarding the responsibilities on Distributors and Importers.

maritime

Exclusive member discount from Maritime Training Academy

16 Mar 2017

Member news

Read how British Marine member, Maritime Training Academy, is offering fellow members a 20% discount on their portfolio of distance learning courses.