For more than 100 years British Marine’s most important role has been to represent its members and the UK marine industry
British Marine exists to promote, support and protect the UK's leisure, small commercial and superyacht industries to key audiences. This is achieved through marketing campaigns, both to raise the profile of members and also to encourage the public to enjoy boating and watersports activities. It is also achieved through British Marine effectively highlighting the marine industry to the highest levels of Government.
One of British Marine's very first actions was to support Walter Hammerton's rights to operate a ferry on the River Thames at Twickenham, in a case that went to the House of Lords back in 1915. We're proud not only that the case was won then, but also that the company is still operating a ferry there and remains in membership. There have been countless instances since when we have represented the rights of individual marine businesses and whole sectors, to ensure that our collective voice is heard and members' rights are preserved.
All of this work relies on one thing - You, the member. Without your involvement and guidance we cannot make these strong cases and get your business and your industry the outcomes or recognition you need or deserve.
A good way to get more involved is to actively participate in our associations and by becoming a member of an association committee. Our Technical team is also keen to involve members that have expertise in specialist fields for which standards might be changing, or negotiations required to ensure we always have realistic and appropriate technical legislation for our industry.
Further details on the current campaigns we are working on are available in this section – you can start by looking at the menu to the right. We welcome your involvement and will assist you to find the right areas to make your valuable contribution, so please do not hesitate to contact the Membership team directly on 01784 223663 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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British Marine works with policy makers in Government, Parliament, Regulators and other national marine trade associations to ensure legislation is appropriate and cost effective for the UK's marine industry. This work is supported through a range of activities, including Parliamentary receptions in the House of Commons; MP visits to member companies; VIP tours at Boat Shows; and engagement with Government and Parliamentary consultations.
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British Marine works with a number of marine and national industry partners to develop and deliver policy which meets the needs of the membership, the wider marine industry and UK businesses as a whole. Together, we deliver stronger representation for UK businesses. This work also provides the opportunity for British Marine members to get involved with other sectors.
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The British Marine brand is a key membership benefit. It signifies confidence to the boating public and demonstrates that members have been through a series of quality checks. British Marine invests significant resource to promoting the brand and members through its Look for the Logo campaign.
In addition, British Marine works to promote boating to new audiences through its On The Water project and there are ways that members can get involved by providing content, showcasing their businesses and offering the occasional prize.
British Marine uses its contacts to raise the profile of the industry and secure coverage in the boating, lifestyle and national press, which ensures boating and the industry are seen in a positive light. Members are always the focus, which demonstrates the real value of membership.