Boat Distribution and Retail

Boat Distribution & RetailThe boat distribution and retail sector handles the sale and distribution of new yachts, motorboats, narrowboats and other craft. It is served by a dedicated British Marine Group Association, plus several other significant Group Associations with interests in this sector.

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The British Marine Boat Retailers and Brokers Association is very focused on companies involved in the sale and distribution of boats. Membership of this association requires adherence to sector specific Codes of Practice providing boat buyers with an essential hallmark that they can trust. The Association also runs excellent networking events and has played in a leading role in developing the Boat Sales Qualification.

Other British Marine Group Associations with an interest in this sector include Commercial Marine, British Marine Sailing, British Inland Boatbuilding and Superyacht UK

Any member working in this sector can benefit from stand discounts at the London and Southampton Boat Shows, free 24 hour legal advice and contract templates with an equivalent value of over £1000 each, among many benefits.

Open quote for member endorsementMembership brings confidence to boat buyers – they know we adhere to a Code of Practice…it promotes professionalism in our industry, which is essential

Sean Noble, Ancasta International Boat Sales

Group Associations for this sector

British Marine Boat Retailers & Brokers logo  British Saling British Marine Inland BoatbuildingBMF Commercial Marine Superyacht UK

Boat Distribution and Retail 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

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.

Hotel Boats

Hotel Boats

ICOMIA Half Year Trends Report 2016 (July-December)

ICOMIA’s Half Year Trends Report provides a snapshot overview of the economic performance of national marine industries across the globe for the past 6 months - 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2016 - compared to the same period of the previous year - 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015. Although no quantifiable data is gathered; the survey acts as a barometer to indicate recent economic trends in the global recreational boating industry as well as the general outlook for the coming year. This publication is an exclusive member benefit and is only available to full members of British Marine.

Marina Workboat Guidance

Marina Workboat Guidance - Guidance for Vessels operated as marina workboats within a marina, dock or similarly enclosed or partially enclosed premises, or for occasional trips in support of the operation of the business in those premises within the local area but not proceeding to sea.

Marine and Maritime SME Growth Fund

Find out about the Marine and Maritime SME Growth Fund

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.

Superyacht UK Social Media Masterclass

A whole day’s comprehensive social media training and support package, giving you the tools to confidently and effectively grow your social media outreach against a planned strategy designed to help you meet your business objectives.

Technical Reports

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

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.

Vessel Trial Guidance

Guidance for vessels undergoing trials - pleasure vessels while they are in the possession of a broker, ship repairer or other such person for the purpose of their business.

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.

Brexit

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.

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

Commercial vessels in the UK may be subject to various legislation dependant on their size and normal operating areas, British Marine will keep members informed with up to date information.

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels on Inland Waterways and Domestic Waters

Commercial Vessels Operating at Sea

Read about the Rules and Regulations applicable to Offshore commercial craft

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.

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

Health and Safety

Health & Safety is a vital aspect of running a modern business, British Marine offers Health & Safety guidance.

ICOMIA and the IMO

British Marine is a member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), which holds a consultative seat at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). ICOMIA has a representative who attends IMO meetings on our behalf and reports on issues which will potentially affect the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industries.

ICOMIA Quarterly Economic Statistics 2016 (Q1-4)

ICOMIA’s Quarterly Economic Statistics Report 2016 (Q1-4) 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.

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.

ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics 2015

The latest ICOMIA Recreational Boating Industry Statistics book (edition 2015) is the foremost annual tool the industry has to measure international activity in the recreational boating industry.

Inland Hire Boats

Inland Hire Boats

International Development Support

Supporting our member companies as they develop their businesses across the globe and acts as your gateway to the services available from: UK Trade & Investment, UK Embassies and Consulates

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 Standards Development - British Marine

ISO publishes standards on a vast range of subjects, including small craft (under 24m by ISO/TC188) and large yachts (over 24m by ISO/TC8/SC12). British Marine represents the marine industry at each of these standards committees and the many working groups that fall under the control of the principal committees.

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.

Life-saving Appliances (LSA)

Rules and regulaions aplicable to the design, construction and servicing of LSA

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.

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.

Quality Schemes

British Marine and its associations run a number of quality schemes for its members operating in different sectors. These schemes provide a benchmark for good practice and allow members to both benchmark themselves against their competitors but also to provide evidence to their customers that they are offering an independently checked and verified quality product.

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.

Superyachts

Superyacht Manufacturing, Distribution and Service Sector Research: The UK’s superyacht sector is world renowned for innovation in design and manufacturing, as well as supporting services that make it one of the premier destinations for Superyacht projects.

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 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 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 Law Relating to Brokerage and Boat Retailers

Brokers and boat retailers typically have responsibility for ensuring that the legal framework surrounding the sale and purchase of small craft is fit for purpose and for conducting the transaction successfully within this framework.

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.

Watersports Participation 2016 - Full Report

This annual report commissioned by British Marine, Royal Yachting Association (RYA), Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoeing (BC) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) details participation and ownership for 12 boating activities in 2016 and reports trends over fourteen years. This report also includes return of wider water-based leisure activities. The full report provides more detailed trends since 2002 and results to a wider set of questions. This includes trends in demographics, frequency and home / abroad participation and location of residence, and also presents coastal/inland and seasonal activity, household boat ownership, charter/hire, and more.

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 other organisations

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).

Boat Distribution and Retail News

mcmurdo

Member supports maritime search and rescue awards

19 Jul 2017

Member news

British Marine member, McMurdo, has announced its support of the H.E.R.O Awards. Organised by the International Maritime Federation (IMRF), these Awards raise awareness and recognition of the hard-working individuals and organisations making maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) possible.

Birchwood Marine is looking for an investor

19 Jul 2017

Member news

Vick Marine Ltd, (the Group Holding Company) and the owners of Birchwood Marine International Ltd, is seeking an investor/purchaser for the International Property Rights (IPR) of the Birchwood brand.

Sunseeker motorboat

Interested in an exclusive Superyacht Marketing Masterclass?

19 Jul 2017

General News

British Marine has joined forces with British Marine member, Nancarrow Partnership, to offer a marketing masterclass exclusively for Superyacht UK members. Before finalising the date of the session, we want to hear from members interested in attending this event.

BMF Scotland

British Marine Scotland announces series of workshops

19 Jul 2017

Over the coming months, British Marine Scotland will be hosting workshops across Scotland. Each will identify future project areas and priorities for British Marine Scotland going forward, as well as provide an update on the Marine Tourism Strategy, “Awakening the Giant”. These sessions offer Scottish British Marine members a fantastic opportunity to learn about areas for business growth and network with fellow members. Simply find a workshop near you.

British Marine

Changes to British Marine and Boat Shows governance

14 Jul 2017

General News

After a yearlong governance review, changes to the British Marine Board structure have been implemented based on proposals developed and agreed by the former Management Board, British Marine Boat Shows Board and the British Marine Council, to streamline the governance of the organisation. This governance review was a corporate objective in our 2016/17 business plan.