BMSW holds French conference

The 2018 British Marine South West conference included a tour of Roscoff Marina The 2018 British Marine South West conference included a tour of Roscoff Marina
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Following a successful conference in Roscoff last year, British Marine South West extended its visit to France as part of its 2018 activities.

This year’s conference followed on from the association’s AGM with 18 representatives from South West companies attending.

The visit included a tour of Roscoff Marina and its facilities led by marina manager Fred Boccou.

“I think all the companies found it very worthwhile and a great opportunity to learn and understand more about Roscoff Marina and its operations and meet with French colleagues,” said BMSW board member Sarah Wallbank of August Race.

“A particular note of interest to the UK marina managers - Darthaven and Plymouth based - was a large passenger lift down to the pontoons, promoting accessibility.

“For August Race, the visit was particularly useful as we opened discussions with a new outlet at the marina for our cleaning products.”

Export market

She added: “‘We’re rapidly expanding our export market including securing a new Norwegian distributor and will now include France in our network expansion plan following up on leads that we gained at Roscoff.”

Other successful outcomes include securing a demonstration boat in Roscoff Marina to show the SeaDek Pro product and discussions regarding a direct berthing exchange between UK and French marinas.

In addition, Yachting Brokers is likely to secure another brokerage agent in France to extend its brokerage range and geographical reach.

“The general consensus was we should continue to work together to reinforce our professional ties through the Brexit process in particular,” added Sarah.

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