Supply Chain Conference 2019 returns to help marine businesses tackle modern challenges

Returning after a four year absence, the prominent Supply Chain Conference will be hosted on the first day of the inaugural British Marine Expo, in association with HPi Verification Services. Delegates will hear how companies of all sizes can grow their businesses and adapt to the modern challenges facing the future of the UK’s marine supply chain.

The Conference is a must attend event for builders of small commercial and leisure vessels, their equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

A line-up of experts will be providing clarity on vital provisions to ensure businesses are protected. This includes an insight into how companies can make sure their terms, conditions and business systems are sufficiently robust to reduce their level of risk, and a look at warranties and guarantees and who in the supply chain is responsible to the customer when a component fails. It will also explore the latest on Brexit and the potential implications for the industry.

Headlining the Conference will be Chris Aylett, CEO of the Motorsports Industry Association. Chris will be presenting a compelling keynote speech filled with learnings to be taken from the many parallels between the marine and automotive industries. He will be talking about how the motorsports industry’s SME supply chain is working with and 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 as we head into challenging waters.

The dedicated forum will be led by key figures from the marine and maritime sectors and the Government. Representatives from KPMG, Verisona, IMSM, GAC Pindar, Innovate UK and PKF Francis Clarke, will be guiding delegates in discussions on how to develop and shape the future of the UK’s marine supply chain.

Lesley Robinson, CEO at British Marine, commented: “British Marine is fully engaged in encouraging and supporting more effective business relationships between boatbuilders, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, making this a networking opportunity not to be missed.

“Conference delegates will get important advice, inspiration and the latest thinking on burning issues for the sector. These include recommendations on preparing for Brexit, protecting the future of your business and increasing innovation within design and production. There will also be the invaluable opportunity to network with peers, catch up with important contacts and make new connections across the industry.”

Taking place on 26-27 March 2019 at the impressive St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, British Marine Expo will deliver a packed schedule of talks, seminars and networking opportunities. It will  bring together some of British Marine’s most established events, including the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar, Supply Chain Conference and Meet the Buyer; it is set to attract marine professionals from across the sector.

The Expo will also host a free to attend Marine Showcase, supported by British Marine Trades Association, with 32 companies presenting their latest and most innovative products and services.

To find out more and book your tickets for the Supply Chain Conference and other events at British Marine Expo (including the Marine Showcase) please visit

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