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METSTRADE, British Marine and Soundings Trade Only join forces to create the first Women in the Marine Industry International event

Published on: 20 October 2022


METSTRADE, British Marine and Soundings Trade Only are joining forces to create the first global event focused on female professionals working in the recreational marine industry, ‘Women in the Marine Industry International.’

“I am pleased to be launching our very first networking breakfast and industry panel for women - for the first time ever at METSTRADE. This will be ‘the place to be’ for female professionals working within the leisure marine industry to network and share knowledge. As the world’s largest gathering of B2B leisure marine equipment professionals, we’d like to advocate for inclusivity and diversity within the sector, therefore we happily support this brilliant initiative in collaboration with British Marine and Soundings Trade Only,” said Niels Klarenbeek, METSTRADE show director.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 16 November, 9:00 – 10:30am, during the 2022 METSTRADE show at the RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in the Elicium Theatre. The doors will open at 8:45am for attendees with a METSTRADE badge. It will kick off with an opportunity to network and a light breakfast followed by an industry panel discussion featuring dynamic female leaders from across the globe, which will take a deep dive into opportunities and challenges prevalent to women working within the marine industry.

“Soundings Trade Only is an advocate for diversity including women working in the marine industry. We believe that diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and ideas will drive innovation and industry growth. We are proud to partner with METSTRADE and British Marine to bring the first female-focused international event to METSTRADE 2022,” commented Michele Goldsmith, publisher, Soundings Trade Only.

British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson added: “British Marine is proud to be partnering with Soundings Trade Only and METSTRADE to bring Women in Marine to the international stage. We hope that by holding more events like this we can work together to ensure that the marine industry is more inclusive and diverse, ensuring that a person’s sex, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or religion is not a barrier to working in the sector. 

“Women in Marine has been a hugely popular and important part of the Southampton International Boat Show agenda over the years, and we hope that this will be the first of many future events here at METSTRADE.”

The Women in the Marine Industry International event is open to all METSTRADE attendees and exhibitors. To register for METSTRADE, please visit

To RSVP for the Women in the Marine Industry International event, please complete the online registration form here. This is a free event. All genders are welcome.

The Women in the Marine Industry International event is also supported by Marine Industry News.  Commercial manager, Lyndsay McClay commented: “Having worked with British Marine on Women in Marine UK events previously, it is wonderful to now see the event brought to the international stage at METSTRADE.  Marine Industry News is passionate about supporting diversity within the marine industry and is excited to support this new event.”

For more information or questions about this event, please contact [email protected].