Trade body not immune from downturn, chief executive says, adding that changes will not affect boat shows

The British Marine Federation, the trade body for leisure boating businesses in the UK and organiser of the London and Southampton boat shows, announced today that it has been forced to cut jobs at its base in Egham.

It said the cuts would come through a limited number of redundancies and by leaving current vacancies unfilled. The BMF will now enter a two-week consultation before the final decision on numbers is made.

Rob Stevens, chief executive of the BMF, said: “We have done all we can to avoid these regrettable reductions. I know this is a difficult time for colleagues at Marine House but we will ensure that these changes will not compromise our core services or the industry’s two boat shows.

“The BMF is not immune to the current economic climate but by taking these tough decisions now we are putting ourselves in a sustainable position to continue to serve and champion the leisure marine industry.”