Inaugural Trade Tuesday event launched to support the industry at Southampton International Boat Show

Published on: 04 September 2023


Bringing the marine industry together for a better tomorrow

Tuesday 19 September – 08.00-12.00 Foredeck Stage – Registration now open

British Marine (BM) is pleased to announce the launch of Trade Tuesday at the Southampton International Boat Show (SIBS) 2023. Registration is now open, please click here to register your attendance.

Sponsored by Haven Knox Johnson Commercial, Marine Industry News and the British Marine Professional Services association, Trade Tuesday is a free to attend event for members of the marine industry. 

The event will be made up of three sessions, focused on business opportunities, environmental issues, and new communication strategies. There will also be multiple networking coffee breaks that will run throughout the morning.

Tuesday morning at SIBS is usually when the Marine Trades Association (MTA), Isle of Wight (IOW) and South Associations host their breakfast networking session and AGMs. With this in mind, British Marine saw the opportunity to run a free event in order to strengthen industry networking options and support the trade business done during the show. 

This event would not have happened without the hard work of Paul Martin, chair of the MTA and member of the British Marine board, who has been advocating for a trade event to happen at the show. “The Southampton International Boat Show brings the UK Marine industry together with many non-exhibitors visiting on the quieter Monday and Tuesday.  It made sense to develop our existing networking morning on Tuesday into a more structured event for the trade,” explained Paul.

“Trade Tuesday is a much-welcomed addition to the Southampton International Boat Show programme,” commented Brian Clark, British Marine’s head of public affairs, member relations and research. “We have a great panel of speakers lined up and we are sure attendees will take a great deal away from the sessions, as well as enjoying the opportunity to network with their peers at the show.

“Trade Tuesday will also serve as a precursor to the British Marine National Conference taking place in February next year.”

Trade Tuesday will get underway with a breakfast networking session starting at 08:00 for all attendees, with the first session starting at 09:00.

Trade Tuesday Programme of Events

08.00 Coffee and breakfast with networking

08.35 Welcome words

08.40 Association and Regional AGM’s

09.00 One Step Beyond….staying ahead in 2024

A short presentation, followed by an open discussion on Opportunities for coming 12 months.Hosted by Paul Martin – MTA Chair and BM Board. Guest Panel – Brian Clark – Head of Public Affairs, Member Relations & Research, BM and Simon Taylorson – Commercial Director, BM

09.50 Networking and Coffee 

10.00 It’s not easy being green…..or is it?

An open discussion on carbon footprints, boat recycling and current environmental themesHosted by Lyndsay McClay, Chair BM South and BM Board. Guest panel – Kate Fortnum – Campaign Manager, The Green Blue, James Brushwood – Environment and Health and Safety Executive, BM and others

10.50 Networking & Coffee

11.00 Rage against the Machine…. are the BOTS taking over?

The good the bad and the ugly of AI and how to use to your advantage + latest social media tips and tools. – Hosted by Paul Knox-Johnston – Chair of BM PSA. Guest Panel – Emma York – Fresh Approach PR, Ben Taylor – Flagship Digital Marketing.

11.50 Closing words and thanks

12.00 Conference Close

If you wish to join us, please register your free attendance here.

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