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British Marine Digital Autumn Expo kicks off in style​

Published on: 10 November 2020

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British Marine Digital Autumn Expo kicks off in style​

British Marine Digital Autumn Expo kicks off in style

As day 1 of the British Marine Digital Autumn Expo drew to a close, 156 participants logged on throughout the day to take part in a packed schedule of webinars. 

Highlights included the morning ‘networking power hour’, where after an initial welcome, the 45 participants broke out into smaller virtual groups, which rotated every ten minutes. This connected people from all sectors of the industry whose paths may usually not cross, even at a physical event. The ten-minute sessions flew by with some great discussions covering wide-ranging topics from the environment to participation. Participants also had the opportunity to securely share their contact details and form new connections.


A hot topic, the Alternative Propulsion session saw 44 participants learn about existing and emerging activity in this area and the need for addressing decarbonisation more fully as an industry as legislation changes. If you missed the session, you can listen back here!


With all the day’s sessions receiving positive feedback, attendees commented:


"It was great to join today’s ‘Apprentices Session’. The content was well put together and flawlessly presented on Zoom. It’s exciting to hear of the progress being made by British Marine in this much needed and often overlooked area of human resources. We, as a business, are looking to develop an apprenticeship programme that brings young talent into our fast-growing team and so it was time well spent. Thank you to everyone taking part."

Drew McDonald, Director, The Marine Group Ltd


“British Marine has put a lot of effort into the Expo, and it has come together very well. The enforced networking was more fun than expected, and I met some very interesting people I otherwise wouldn’t have. The sessions I attended, including the Alternative Propulsion workshop, were well organised.”

Nigel Stevens, Shire Cruisers


Great discussion today around new boating participation, from paddle boards up, and the importance of basic training to encourage long term engagement. Obviously very important for the entire industry.”

Ian Cooke, British Marine President


There is still time to join the British Marine Autumn Expo over the next two days. Free to attend for British Marine members and with a super ticket offer for non-members the agenda and registration can be accessed here


Sessions on Wednesday include a live session dedicated to the inland waterways with Richard Parry, Chief Executive of the Canal & River Trust and Gareth Stephens, the Waterspace Manager for the Trust, as well as two digital networking sessions with one in the morning and one in the afternoon.