Nominations open for 2018 Boat Builder Awards

The 2018 edition of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, is now open for nominations in 10 categories that highlight key facets of the industry, from innovation and collaboration, through to future investment and performance by individuals.

Entry is free and easily accessed via the improved boatbuilderawards.com website, which offers clear explanations of each category.

Nominations can be made by individuals or companies on their own behalf. Or by any other industry professional who believes a boat builder, supply chain partner or individual should receive recognition.

IBI Editor Ed Slack

Chairman of the Judges, IBI Editor Ed Slack, explains: “We want the whole industry to ensure that the very best of the best is celebrated at the Boat Builder Awards. Nomination is straightforward and we have added more detail this year to ensure that applicants know what we are seeking for each category. We’ve also opened up the option for supplying more information, so that our international panel of judges receives all of the background for each entry and fully understands the merits of each nomination.”

Awards  to praise emerging talent 

For 2018 the number of award categories available for nomination will rise from eight to 10.

The Rising Star award, recognising an individual up to the age of 35 who has had a major impact on the boatbuilding business they work for. This category highlights the critical importance of careers and skills development in the global marine industry and provides the perfect way to praise emerging talent.

The Boat Builder Awards will also double its focus on the critical interface between those making yachts and the companies and individuals that supply them by introducing the Collaborative Solution between a Superyacht Builder and its Supply Chain Partner category. This adds to an existing category focused on collaboration within series production and reflects how the supply chain increasingly needs to offer volume and one-off solutions.

Sponsors and Categories:

Retail Marketing Initiative – Sponsorship opportunity available. Nominated boat builders and shipyards in this category will have created an imaginative and effective idea for the promotion of new boat sales. Examples could include print, online, video or social media campaigns, boat show initiatives, successful partnerships and dealer promotions.

International Distributor or Dealer Development – Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Awarded to individuals or teams working for boat builders who have generated significant growth of their business through export success, by expanding their distributor or dealer network or by strengthening relationships with existing networks.

Collaborative Solution between a Production Boat Builder and its Supply Chain Partner – Sponsored by Ultraflex. This Award celebrates a partnership between a boat builder responsible for series production and any business partner in its supply chain to improve an aspect of a boat model’s sales potential, performance or services. For yachts under 24m.

Collaborative Solution between a Superyacht Builder and its Supply Chain Partner – Sponsored by Lumishore. Boat builder and business partner joint nominees will have co-operated closely to produce an enhancement, solution or service to meet an owner’s needs or solve other requirements of a new build or substantial refit. For yachts over 24m.

Innovative On-board Design Solution – Sponsored by Fusion. Boat builders nominated in this category will have innovated to create a new feature or design solution that enhances the appeal to end customers and/or improves the function of a production boat or one-off yacht. Nominated solutions must have been released, improved, implemented or launched onto the market between 1 January 2017 until 31 May 2018.

Innovation in a Production Process – Sponsored by Dometic. Nominee boat builders in this category will have made small or large changes to improve production processes. By doing so, they will have achieved tangible benefits – such as improved efficiency, cost savings, enhanced quality or increased safety for the workforce.

Environmental Initiative – Sponsored by UCINA. Boat builders nominated for this award will highlight any change that targets sustainability. Examples include reducing the environmental impact of production processes or of boats and yachts, recycling initiatives and support of environmental campaigns.

Best Apprenticeship or Training Scheme – Sponsored by Marine Resources. This award seeks to highlight the excellent work carried out by many boat builders in developing much needed skills for new and existing employees and partners. Examples will include apprenticeship schemes, one-off training and continual improvement programmes.

Rising Star – Sponsorship opportunity available. Individuals nominated in this category will be aged 35 or under, be working for a boat builder and will have been making a growing impact on any aspect of their business, from design and production, to management, buying and any other boat building discipline.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Side-Power. We invite nominations to this special award for a boat builder who has made a lifetime’s contribution to the marine industry. Nominees will have made a significant impact on the boat building businesses that they have been associated with in their careers.

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