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British Marine Digital Autumn Expo: 10th – 12th November 2020

Tuesday 10th November

9:00 – 09:45: (Live) Digital networking 

Hosted by Ben Taylor (Taylor Digital Ltd) with a welcome to British Marine Autumn Expo from our President Ian Cooke and CEO Lesley Robinson followed by a series of networking breakout rooms, all helping to start the day with both friendly and topical industry discussion.

  • Ian Cooke - British Marine President
  • Lesley Robinson - British Marine CEO
  • Ben Taylor - Taylor Digital Ltd

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10:00 – 11:00: (LiveEnvironmental session on alternative propulsion

A number of industry experts will discuss the current options available to companies wishing to provide “greener” propulsion solutionsWith both new vessel and retrofitting systems being reviewed, the discussions will cover available options including, alternative fuels, hybrid systems and pure electric systems and will look at what can be done now, before a brief outlook on the government’s plans for decarbonization.

  • Jamie Marley – Electrics & Hybrid Propulsion Consultant and Engineer
  • Graeme Hawksley – Hybrid Marine
  • Ross Wombwell – British Marine

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11:30 – 12:30: (Live) Technical session focusing on clean air, the hire boat code and quality assured boatyard update

Dedicated to the inland sector and some of the current key issues, this technical session will be giving updates on the governments Clean Air plan, an update on the Hire Boat Code and its timeframe to implementation, and an update on the Quality Assured Boatyard Scheme and its operation next year.

  • Ross Wombwell – British Marine

Live session followed by a Q&A. Q&A questions should be sent to in advance.

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13:30 – 14:30: (Live) Apprenticeship session

Jobs skill and employment programme planningInformation for employers.

This session is geared towards helping employers understand the programmes available, so that they can decide which would be best suited to their business, including:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeships case study - Phil James
  • Traineeships
  • T Levels: Industry placements
  • Kickstart scheme
  • Maritime Skills Commission brief - Iain Mackinnon
  • Q&A 


  • Phil James – EP Barrus
  • Iain Mackinnon – Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance and Maritime Skills Commissioner
  • Blue Davies – British Marine
  • Ulrika Lawrence – British Marine

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15:00 – 16:00: Managing employee health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and a look towards the future working environment hosted by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. 

This live working session will focus on how the Maritime & Coastguard Agency are looking after employee health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by a Q&A session. It will also take a look at the future working environment. Q&A questions should be sent to in advance.

  • Brian Johnson (keynote speaker)– Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Katy Ware – Maritime & Coastguard Agency

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Wednesday 11th November

9:00 – 09:45: (Live) Digital networking 

Hosted by Ben Taylor (Taylor Digital Ltd) with a welcome to British Marine Autumn Expo from our President Ian Cooke and CEO Lesley Robinson followed by a series of networking breakout rooms, all helping to start the day with both friendly and topical industry discussion.  

  •     Ian Cooke - British Marine President
  •     Lesley Robinson - British Marine CEO
  •     Ben Taylor - Taylor Digital Ltd

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10:00 – 11:00: (Live) Interactive working session: How to secure financial business support for free!

Join us to find out what funding is available to support your business and assist you to grow during this difficult period. We will be joined by Dr Matthew Moss of the Knowledge Transfer Network who will be talking about innovation funding and the successful projects that have been approved this year, followed by Jayne Sim of Solent LEP who will look at what additional funding and support is available regionally from your local LEP’s.

  • Ross Wombwell – British Marine
  • Dr Matthew Moss – Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Jayne Sim – Solent LEP

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11:30 – 12:30: (Live) Insurance session

Q&A with Sarah Allen (Penningtons Law) and James Scott-Anderson (British Marine).

Join our panel of experts as they discuss key areas of Insurance claims, including who’s responsible when a claim is made, what do in the event of financial difficulties and who is liable if something goes wrong. The session will be followed by a Q&A.

  • Sarah Allan – Penningtons Manches Cooper
  • Robert Parton – Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina
  • Russell Kelly – Lester Alridge
  • James Scott-Anderson – British Marine
  • Carl Onens – ABC Leisure Group
  • Malcolm Stewart – A Plan Marine Insurance

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13:30–14:30: (Live) Canal and River Trust session

A live session with Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust and Gareth Stephens, the Waterspace Manager for the Trust. This session will cover the current hot topics surrounding the inland waterways, followed by Q&A. Please send your Q&A questions in advance to

  • Richard Parry - Canal and River Trust
  • Gareth Stephens - Canal and River Trust

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15:00–16:00: (Live) The Yacht Harbour Association session

Marina Operational Standards (H&S, Environmental and Facilities) C&RT Licence Consultation & Marina Operational Standards

  • James Scott-Anderson – British Marine Environment, Health & Safety Executive
  • James Burnell – Operations Director, P&D Marine Services Ltd
  • Jon White – TYHA General Manager

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16:30 – 17:30: (Live) Social Networking Session

Cap the day off with a fun quiz and informal social networking session.

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Thursday 12th November

9:00 – 09:45: (Live) Digital networking: Motorsport to Marine

Coffee and industry discussions to start the day. 

With successful collaborations already taking place between the motorsport and marine industries, join us to identify future collaborative opportunities for your business. This session will host 8 leading motorsport and high-performance engineering companies who are looking to support and collaborate with British Marine member companies within the following areas:

  •     Fire protection systems
  •     Battery management systems
  •     Modular Battery Installations
  •     Electric motors and control units

A number of successful partnerships have been created between British Marine and MIA members since 2019, leading to cutting edge motorsports innovations making their way into the marine sector. Could your business be next?

  •    Chris Aylett - Motorsport Industry Association (MIA)
  •    Ben Taylor - Taylor Digital Ltd
  •    Ross Wombwell - British Marine

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10:00–11:00: (Live) Technical session - Brexit update

A top priority for British Marine is supporting its members as the end of the Brexit transition period nears. Preparation is key. This live session discusses some of the greatest changes that could affect marine businesses, and the guidance and advice available from British Marine to support, implement and manage those changes.

  • Ross Wombwell - British Marine

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11:30 – 12:30: (Live) British Marine - Communicating through the pandemic

Join British Marine’s Head of Membership, Simon Boyd, to take a look at how British Marine changed and adapted during the pandemic, the challenges our members faced and ensuring they were supported. The session will also look at how British Marine has delivered membership value in a different way through this time.

  • Simon Boyd - British Marine

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13:30 – 14:30: (Live) Interactive Participation session

Take part in a working session to discover how leisure marine companies can build on the recent increase in boating and recreational watersports, especially following the uptake in interest following this year’s ‘Great British Staycation’.

  • Liz Rushall – Rushall Marketing
  • Ryan Day – Hoseasons 
  • Nigel Richards – Waterways Holidays
  • Robert Parton – Church Minshull Aqueduct Marina
  • Jon White – British Marine Head of Participation

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15:00 – 16:00: (Live) COVID-19 update

What do the recent changes and restrictions due to the pandemic mean for your business? Join this session to understand how business will be affected and further examine the new English 3 Tier system, along with the devolved nations alternative systems, the changes to funding options available to businesses and the phasing out of the furlough scheme and its replacement with the new scheme. There will also be a quick and handy review of the updates to the British Marine Coronavirus Hub, which keep is kept up to date with marine-specific resources available to you from British Marine.

  • Edward Tuite - British Marine

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Pre-recorded/online sessions

Available from the Autumn Expo homepage:

Environment update/ Environmental Roadmap and bill

A presentation on the environmental challenges and requirements facing the industry and how to address them. Followed by a closer look at how the British Marine Environmental Roadmap and its implementation can support members as we move forward.

  •     James Scott-Anderson - British Marine  

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