#mgmboats – Irish boat firm MGM Boats has proved a big hit with its boats for sale stand at this week's London Boat Show, according to managing director of the Dun Laoghaire company, Gerry Salmon.
Salmon says clients are looking for more from a broker these days than just a simple website listing, his advice comes at a time when the UK boat market is in a state of flux, according to one UK Trade Association
"Web sites are great, and we all need them in business, but you still have to engage your clients face to face", Salmon told Afloat.ie
The Irish company has the biggest brokerage stand at the British marine showcase event at the EXCEL centre in London's docklands.
The MGM brokerage stand has had an average of 100 inquires a day since last Saturday. Salmon says he has had to put on extra staff to cope with demand.
"We get the listings because the clients see the level of commitment we give their boat as well as the web site marketing we do" Says Salmon.
Aswell as a base in Dun Laoghaire, MGM boats also has offices in Portugal, Belfast, Cork and on the UK south coast on the Hamble.
Encouragingly, there is a real buzz of activity at the 2014 show. 'we have had more Irish visitors to our stand this year ,than in the past five years. It's great to see our clients showing confidence and optimism. Bring on 2014" he concludes.