Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will chair the judging panel for the newly announced Marine Industry Awards. The new initiative is supported by the British Marine Federation (BMF).
One of several announcements made at the press day of the 2011 Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, the awards have been set up to reward excellence and will cover many aspects of the sector including: manufacturing, broking, apparel, design, sport and sponsorship.
Sir Robin said in a statement:
The Marine Industry in the UK is a crucial part of the nation’s economy. If you work in an organisation involved in the British marine industry and you believe in the excellence of your work, then I urge you to participate.
Just to make it confusing, the Marine Industry Awards have been shortened to MIA, which as well as colloquially meaning ‘missing in action’ is also the acronym for the Motorsport Industry Association that has a partnership with the BMF around technology transfer. The Kitemark given automatically to any business that is shortlisted for an award is also called an ‘MIA Kitemark of Excellence’.
Businesses striving to gain this recognition will be able to enter the awards from the 1st of February. The website says that it will launch on the 17th of January, but the press release says it won’t be until the 1st of Feb in line with the opening date. The awards will be presented in January 2012, presumably in conjunction with the Boat Show.
You can read more about the Marine Industry Awards here.