LEISURE: Poole Boat Show takes place on back of boating boom


Poole Harbour Boat Show is to take place this weekend, 7-9 June, on the back of a 7th consecutive year of growth for the UK boat industry.

According to figures from British Marine, leisure marine exports went up by 16% in 2018, surpassing a total of £1bn for the first time since 2013.

Brexit uncertainty has proved beneficial to the marine industry as a weakened Sterling has created a climate suitable for buyers to invest in British marine equipment; with around 50% of Britain’s marine exports heading to the Eurozone.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine said: “These latest figures illustrate that the British boating sector has continued to prosper, despite challenging conditions and the ongoing uncertainty about Brexit. A weakened pound has provided much-needed support to industry exports and with British holiday makers staying in the UK, nearly a third of tourism businesses are remaining positive about the future. 

“However, with the proposed EU exit deadline looming, the future health of the industry is not guaranteed. Business confidence within the industry relies on consumer confidence and if this uncertainty continues the industry will pay the price. After all, leisure activities are almost always the first thing consumers drop during tougher times.” 

Poole’s Boat Show will showcase the best of Britain’s marine industry including local manufacturers like Hypro Marine and Sunseeker.

Shows like this provide an opportunity for clubs to get people involved in boating, and the number of people involved in waterborne activities has trended up in the last two years, increasing by 1.1%, according to British Marine statistics.

With over 32,000 people in attendance last year, this year’s show will provide a good opportunity for people to engage with boating and the area’s sailing culture.

For more information on the show visit their website, here.


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