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Don’t miss out on supply chain opportunities for your business at British Marine Expo – next Tuesday!

Published on: 21 March 2019


Back by popular demand, the Supply Chain Conference next Tuesday will present a compelling line-up of esteemed speakers exploring how companies can exploit the array of opportunities open to them in the supply chain supporting a £3.12 billion industry.

Industry experts will cover a range of hot topics including innovationimproving efficiency and customer retentiontax incentives for research and development, preparation for Brexitcontracts and credit limitswarranties and guarantees, ISO 9001. Delegates can expect real insight from with invaluable information, tips and strategies to help drive their businesses forward. Representatives from KPMGVerisonaIMSMGAC PindarInnovate UK and PKF Francis Clarke, will be guiding delegates through a host of very real business opportunities within the supply chain. 


Keynote Speaker
Chris Aylett, Motorsports Industry Association


Chris Aylett

Headlining the Conference will be Chris Aylett, CEO of the Motorsports Industry Association who will present learnings from the many parallels between the marine and automotive industries. He will be talking about how the motorsports industry’s SME supply chain is helping the UK automotive industry rapidly innovate, adapt and evolve in a quickly changing sector and how the marine industry can learn from their experiences.


Retention of Title
Neil Gostelow and Sarah Collins, KPMG


Neil Gostelow



Over the past 20 years the marine industry has suffered as the economy has gone through cyclic periods of growth and retraction, with the loss of a number of UK manufacturers having a major impact on the supply chain. Neil Gostelow and Sarah Collins will provide invaluable advice on what to do when things go wrong, how suppliers and OEMs can work together through the use of contracts and credit limits to mitigate risk and how to have continued dialogue during these difficult periods.


Warranties and Guarantees

Tim Reynolds, Verisona Law


Tim Reynolds verisona

Boats are made of multiple complex systems, manufactured by numerous different companies squeezed into a shell, but to our customers they are a single product. When something goes wrong who does the customer turn to, the distributor, the manufacturer, or the components supplier? Tim Reynolds of Verisona Law, an expert in the legal intricacies of the Marine Industry and a former boatbuilder, will be talking about who is responsible when something goes wrong.


Export and Brexit
Bethany King, GAC Pinder



Representatives from GAC Pindar will share their thoughts on preparing your business for the international trading changes that will occur in the event the UK leaves the EU.


Benefits of ISO 9001
Richard Beacham, IMSM


Richard Beacham discusses how business can improve customer retention, efficiency, productivity and profit by working towards the ISO 9001 accreditation.



Catapult Centres
Jenny Powles, Innovative UK


Innovate UK

Jenny Powles, Catapult Relationship Manager from Innovate UK, will be presenting an overview of catapult centres; created to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth. With the UK’s businesses, scientists and engineers working side by side on late-stage research and development, catapult centres are transforming high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth. Whilst each catapult centre has different specialisms, they can all facilitate collaboration by businesses and researchers to problem solve and develop new products and services on a commercial scale.


Join us!

The Supply Chain Conference takes place at British Marine Expo 2019, in association with HPi Verification Services at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on Tuesday 26 March 2019. Find the full Conference programme here along with booking information. 

For the latest information on the Expo, which also includes the Superyacht Technical Seminar and Marine Showcase supported by Marine Trades Association, training sessions and Associations events please visit