A newly formatted London Boat Show took place from Wednesday 10th January to Sunday 14th January at the ExCel in London. This is an event which kicks off the 2018 European boating calendar and marks the start of the season. There were a host of celebrities, many stunning boats to impress and glittering sporting silverware to wow visitors.
Coleman Insurance Brokers, who always have a strong presence at the Show, were delighted to be joined by Jeremy Cary, Chairman of Stackhouse Poland - one of the top 5 leading independent insurance brokers in the UK. Stackhouse recently acquired The Coleman Group, which includes the specialist Coleman Marine team. Jeremy advised, “We are very excited about being involved in the marine sector. Watch this space for further developments in this area!”
Tony Pauffley, Manager, Yacht & Commercial Craft at Coleman commented, “It’s great to be back at the Boat Show and, as always, our team took time out to chat with many of the exhibitors at ExCel.”
Tony commented, “The insurance market is experiencing a period of adjustment following the hurricanes in 2017 which resulted in large losses for insurers. As brokers, this has put our services in high demand and we’ve been super busy at the Show as we can add so much value to clients by shopping the market and obtaining the correct cover at the most competitive price. It’s been great chatting to many of our existing clients and potential new clients.”
Tony continued, “We’re looking forward to a positive and busy 2018. We enjoyed a record year in 2017, which was 18% up on an already successful 2016.”
Sunseeker rides on the crest of a wave
Sunseeker CEO Phil Popham met with Tony Pauffley and chatted positively about the firm’s current standing in the market and how Brexit had helped fuel “very, very strong growth”. Phil enthused, “We have our strongest order book ever, going in to 2018 with 25% of planned volume sold for 2019. It’s a good place to be. We’ve invested heavily in the last 3 years and have increased revenue by 50% and our employee base by 25%. We currently have 2500 employees but with expansion plans we are actively looking to recruit up to 100 additional staff. It’s difficult to recruit, however, as we’re competing with the building trade as we are seeking to recruit roles such as electricians, carpenters and plumbers.
“In 2017 we took on a record number of apprentices and we are looking to do the same in 2018. We currently have a total of 115 apprentices.”
Sunseeker are official partners for the FIFA World Cup 2018
Sunseeker opened their stand at the London Boat Show by announcing that Sunseeker is going to be an official partner for the FIFA World Cup which will be taking place in Russia in 2018. Popham commented, “It will be a huge branding and marketing opportunity. Being associated with such a big prestigious event is great for us. The whole sunseeker family…from employees, right through to clients will be able to benefit from this. We will be doing things in the build up to the World Cup and in Russia and it will provide ‘once in a life time’ opportunities for people associated with this winning brand.”
Sir Geoff Hurst, the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final was introduced to the crowd as Sunseeker’s opening event VIP guest. Geoff was a hit with the crowd and modestly denied that scoring a hat trick was a huge achievement! Geoff show-cased the replica Jules Remit Trophy (the original trophy was stolen in Brazil in 1983) to the crowd and he explained how the only people in the world allowed to touch the trophy without gloves on are players that played in the final!
Geoff told his captured audience, “As a fan and player I am optimistic about 2018. We have some good young players. I look at the team going in to the tournament and hope that we can be very successful. What we have to do is get out of the Group. We should do that - It’s a comparatively easy group and it will be a disaster if we don’t get outside of that first four.” Geoff then assisted to cut the ribbon, along with Sunseeker founder, Robert Braithwaite.