British Marine's primary function is to tackle cross-industry issues on behalf of our membership and the wider industry, bringing a collective position to government and regulators.
This work involves creating policy and proposals, working with members, civil servants and other industry bodies, to develop and deliver regulation that supports and benefits the industry. But sometimes it also requires us to make a noise – to ensure that government and industry regulators sit up and take notice of our industry and its needs.
We can ensure that our members achieve the support they need and deserve by highlighting in effective and compelling ways the industry's role in generating investment, creating jobs, growing tourism and export revenues for the UK economy.
This work really does cover the breadth of the industry. Currently, we are working on:
- Brexit - click on the link to find out more about what British Marine is doing to help members prepare for the UK's departure from the EU
- The new Apprenticeship Levy – Paid into by companies with a paybill of £3m or more. Is your business making the most of its training budgets?
- Export support – the Department for International Trade is responsible for delivering this and we’re pushing Government to recognise the needs of marine businesses which want to export
- Red Diesel - working with partners across the boating sector, British Marine is helping the UK Government develop its response to the ECJ ruling on the UK's use of marked fuel in private pleasure vessels
When one campaign ends, another one begins. We have worked on issues which affect companies right across the industry and throughout the marine supply chain:
- The revised Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) – assisting members through its development and its implementation
- The introduction of the new Large Yacht Code (LY3) – working with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
- The creation of the Canal & River Trust (CRT), which took the bulk of England and Wales’ canals and rivers out of government ownership and put them into Trust for the benefit of the public
- An extension to the implementation of new engine emission targets, ensuring UK boatbuilders have the time they need to comply with these new rules – working with international partners at IMO
All of this work relies on one thing – you, as a British Marine member. Without your involvement and guidance, we cannot make strong cases and get you and our industry the outcomes or recognition we need and deserve.
Further details of the current campaigns we are working on are available in this section. We would welcome your involvement, so if you have any comments or if you would like to get involved, please contact a member of the Marine House team. You can also find the right contact by checking our staff directory here.