HRH, The Princess Royal, Opens the New Southerly Factory

HRH, The Princess Royal, Opens the New Southerly Factory

14th April, 2010

HRH, The Princess Royal visited Northshore Shipyard on Monday 19th April to open the new Southerly factory. Accompanied by local dignitaries, HRH, The Princess Royal met CEO, Lester Abbott and Sales Manager, Ben Davies, and enjoyed a tour of the new 13,000 sq ft factory and showroom.

Many guests from the marine industry were present to follow the royal tour around the new factory, viewing yachts in build at various stages of construction, including a walk towards the water's edge to see Chichester Harbour.

During the ceremony, Lester Abbott welcomed HRH, The Princess Royal to Northshore and gave a short speech, before HRH, The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to officially open the new Southerly Factory. Following a champagne reception, HRH, The Princess Royal was introduced to many key members of the marine industry. Adonation to the Princess RoyaI's chosen Charity, Sailability was offered, before guests enjoyed a buffet lunch.

Established in 1971, Northshore has a well earned reputation for building high quality bespoke yachts for clients from the UK and around the world. Since new ownership in March 2003, the company has concentrated its efforts on continuous product development and new yacht models. This has resulted in increased demand, from customers both in the UK and around the world.

John Warne, Managing Director, who has been with the company since it was founded, comments "These are very exciting times for Southerly. In the last few years, we have worked hard to increase productivity. We command the highest levels of British craftmanship and employ many skilled joiners and engineers so that we can produce world class products. The new factory has given us the extra capacity we need for our increased demand.

Exports account for approximately 40% of our market and we currently employ over 160 staff on two sites. We also offer modem apprenticeships for selected individuals as we believe it is essential to train a new generation of people to uphold the traditions of the company, whilst also ensuring continuity and success into the future".