Anne takes a tour around Northshore
HRH, The Princess Royal visited Northshore Shipyard on Monday 19th April to open the new Southerly factory.
Accompanied by local dignitaries, Princess Anne – herself a keen yacht racer – met the company’s CEO and Sales Manager for a tour of the new 13,000 sq ft factory and showroom, viewing yachts in build at various stages of construction and including a walk towards the water’s edge to see Chichester Harbour.
During the ceremony, a plaque was unveiled to officially open the new Southerly Factory.
Following a champagne reception, the Princess Royal was introduced to members of the marine industry before announcing a donation to her chosen charity, Sailabilit.
Established in 1971, Northshore builds bespoke yachts for oth the UK and export markets.
John Warne, Managing Director, who has been with the company since it was founded, comments ‘’These are very exciting times for Southerly. 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 modern 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’’.