The Cardinal tells it like it is...
Networking events remain a mystery to me in our wonderful marine world. We are on the main, an industry of links and networks, where you don’t need five links to be connected to any one; its more like two or even one. We are a small industry doing great things after all. 26 Jun 2017 - Boating Business
I can’t believe we have got here, but this column marks the 50th Cardinal Sin ramblings. Oh how time flies when you’re having fun/getting old. 31 May 2017 - Boating Business
So while your busy going about your day-to-day business, rapidly adjusting to the changing world and changing opportunity bubble, I ask when was the last time someone asked you how you are? 07 May 2017 - Boating Business
Sum of many parts
It’s a constant amazement to me that we make world class marine based products, while at the same time happily sit in splendid isolation. 29 Mar 2017 - Boating Business
Back to the future
I sat at a dinner not so long back and looking around noticed that for once there were more people I did not know than I knew. 23 Feb 2017 - Boating Business
It seems the title a job gives has come to define all in our world. Back in the day I am sure we were just happy to have a job doing what we loved, with boat ‘things’. 03 Jan 2017 - Boating Business
Disconnection, it occurs when you stop getting involved. This is dangerous and we have to be careful this does not start to proliferate in our marine world. 19 Dec 2016 - Boating Business
Lack of buy in
I am concerned, really concerned not about Brexit or all of the other political mish mash, ultimately that will all be sorted out by those money men really in charge. No I am concerned by the total lack of buy in to environmental issues surrounding the leisure marine sector, by our customers. 18 Nov 2016 - Boating Business
Product and innovation
Why do we find that our industry, which is so dependent on new product and innovation seems to suffer such a lack of real funding for the life blood of our business? 25 Oct 2016 - Boating Business
It is becoming more and more obvious to me that the average age of my boating buddies is ever increasing, with little sign of the youth following on currently. 10 Oct 2016 - Boating Business
Girls on top?
So we are now truly in the age of the woman, from America from Europe and in to the more or less United Kingdom, its fairly much or about to be, women in charge. 18 Aug 2016 - Boating Business
What could possibly go wrong?
So in the end common sense prevailed or the inmates have taken over the asylum, depending on your view. Either way, the world has certainly changed for the post-referendum UK. 22 Jul 2016 - Boating Business
I had been catching up recently reading the pile of daily papers that had built up, before turning them into fire lighters for the barbecue, during the glorious summer we are about to have. I knew I needed to be quick… 27 Jun 2016 - Boating Business
I was discussing the currently concerning trend developing in the industry with a group of like-minded old gits recently. 26 May 2016 - Boating Business
Trust. A little word with big consequences within our leisure marine industry. 27 Apr 2016 - Boating Business
Have or have not?
Is it me or is the gap between the haves and the have not in the industry continuing to grow? 16 Mar 2016 - Boating Business
Not just a habit
I wonder how much longer we can go on having the same conversations, year on year about leisure marine boat shows in the UK? 16 Feb 2016 - Boating Business
This time last year I remember there was a lot of talk at METS about how good the next year was going to be. 23 Nov 2015 - Boating Business
I am now struck how the average age of those working in the industry, at all levels of business from trades to management, seems to be ever increasing. 20 Oct 2015 - Boating Business
What guides you in your day to day dealings with your suppliers, customers and your own staff? Well in an ideal world it should surely be your ethical approach. 23 Sep 2015 - Boating Business