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British Marine Conference sponsored by SelectaDNA, Awards & Black Tie Dinner 2016


Date: Thursday 3 March 2016

Location: Docklands, Central London

Conference sponsored by SelectaDNA

The conference and accommodation will take place in the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton London - Docklands Riverside. This hotel nods to its history as a 17th century Wharf Building, nestled along the River Thames. The hotel offers spectacular views and is a unique venue choice for the conference.

The full conference agenda can be found here. Speakers include leadership expert, Craig Goldlatt, Director General of Border Force, Sir Charles Montgomery, and Chief Executive of British Marine, Howard Pridding. Please keep an eye on our communications and website for further information.

The conference will also feature three breakout sessions:

  • Marina Customer Future Trends sponsored by GL connects
  • Social Media
  • Challenging Business Strategies sponsored by Vision Business Consulting Ltd


The British Marine Awards will once again return in 2016 and the conference will play host to the awards ceremony. The awards to be presented include:

  • Best Marine Business to work for (under 10 employees and over 10 employees category)    
  • Training and Development Award (under 10 employees and over 10 employees category)
  • Charity of the Year Award

Black Tie Dinner

The venue for the Black Tie Dinner will be the iconic Cutty Sark. She has travelled across the world, sailed under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag and visited every major port in the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922. Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving at her current resting place in Greenwich in 1954.

The Black Tie Dinner will include a three-course meal and drinks, as well as a talk from Paralympic champion, Talan Skeels-Piggins.

In March 2003, Talan Skeels-Piggins suffered the motorcycle accident that was to define his life. Left paralysed from the mid-chest down, and told he would spend up to two years in hospital upon admission, Talan defied expectations to be discharged only six and a half months later. Undaunted by his injuries, he set about a series of challenges to prove to himself and the world that being in a wheelchair would not stop him from what he wanted to do. His experiences have led him to give motivation and achievement talks all over Britain and to many different types of audience, from senior management of blue chip companies to primary schools.

Prices and other information*

Conference, Black Tie Dinner & Accomodation delegate rate - £245

(This includes the full Conference, the Black Tie Dinner, Accommodation at the DoubleTree by Hilton London - Docklands Riverside and transfer to and from the hotel to the Black Tie Dinner via Thames Clipper)

Conference & Black Tie Dinner delegate rate - £165

Conference only delegate rate - £65

Black Tie Dinner only delegate rate - £100

*All prices include VAT

You can register you place here. Alternatively, please contact Sarah Smith at or 01784 223765.


There are various sponsorship opportunities available for this event, for further information and prices here. Alternatively, please contact Sarah Smith on the contact details above.