It seems things really are looking up

Peter Nash is theveditor of Boating Business

That is, of course, out there in the Big Wide World, where the Chancellor has received another burst of good news.

This time it’s the service sector – that part of the economy that has had to pick up the jobs lost in the public sector as the coalition cuts have brought the number of jobs down.

But it seems things have really started working and the services sector is growing at its fastest pace for 16 years!

You’ll see I allowed myself a little exclamation mark in there to emphasise the point.

That’s because the sector is putting on 100,000 new jobs every three months.

In turn, these astonishing figures have prompted the European Commission to predict the UK will be the best performing economy in Europe in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

It makes me wonder what Dave and his pals have been doing right, because we rarely hear of these figures. And the opposition shouts so loudly about things Dave and his pals are doing badly, it’s hard to work out where all this good news comes from.

Perhaps the METS DAME Award nominees give us a clue.

UK companies have a great chance of winning the top award (unless Volvo’s glass bridge sways the judges) and this will be a great fillip for the leisure marine industry.

Because we do actually do some very good work in this country and produce some very good products.

And we have the London Boat Show looming on the horizon, which should show out products off to the UK general public nicely. There was time we would get foreign visitors in their scores, but these days they prefer to go to Düsseldorf.

But it’s nice to see Sunseeker is now listed as an exhibitor for the London Boat Show. We already had Princess committing some time ago to the 2013 and 14 shows.

And Fairline announced recently it was also committing to London, so the addition of Sunseeker gives us a prial of big boatbuilders.

We are also told Jeanneau is exhibiting, which is welcome news after last year’s paucity of French boatbuilders. I understand the stand is being run by Jeanneau dealers with a little help from the French, so maybe it will persuade Beneteau to come back as well...

Pity about the start date, though. January 4 is less than welcome to many. But who knows? Maybe it will be ideal for the still-holidaying public?

One thing to bear in mind: last year’s press day shifted around from the Saturday to the Monday. So it’s nice to hear now that Press Day for the 2014 London Boat Show is set for Monday 6 January.

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