UK Marine Industry Continues Growth
UK marine industry grows for fourth consecutive year; new figures released at the London Boat Show 2016
- Industry revenue stands at £2.97 billion for 2014/15, up 1.1 percent from 2013/14
- The domestic market continues to grow, expanding from 68 percent of total revenue (2013/14) to 70 percent (2014/15)
- Particularly strong performances in the consumer sector, led by boating tourism, brokerage and insurance and financial services
- Revenue and profits continue to rise in the second half of 2015, with marine businesses anticipating further growth over the next six months
- Brokerage: members have posted very positive results, underlining the resurgence of used boat sales in the U.K. 42 percent of members reported increased revenues and profits, with the greatest growth being seen in international sales. Despite these strong figures, members are undecided about their current market, with only 23 percent confident about the future.
- Consumer and B2B services: in the second half of 2015, 47 percent of members reported increased revenues and 51 percent saw profits rise. The strongest performers in this sector came from insurance and financial services, with 82 percent reporting growth in revenue, creating a net balance of +82 percent (+48 percent on H1 2015).
- Boating tourism: passenger boat companies have had strong last six months. 71 percent reported an increase in turnover, creating a net balance of 63 percent (+38 percent on H1 2015). Profit margins also grew impressively, with 64 percent reporting an increase, creating a net balance of +46 percent (+9 percent on H1 2015). Business confidence for the sector is therefore high.
- Boat manufacturing: has continued its upward trend, with 50 percent of members reporting increased turnover (+17 percent net balance on the first half of 2015).
- Engines and equipment manufacturing: 46 percent of members reported a rise in turnover, with 39 percent reporting a growth in profits (+11 percent on the first six months of 2015). These trends have fed increased market confidence, with 27 percent of members anticipating continued growth over the next six months.