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Norfolk Business Awards 2018

Luxury superyacht market in Suffolk goes from strength to strength

PUBLISHED: 14:45 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:45 18 September 2018

New company SSCo - L-R Josh Richardson, Luke Porter, Claire Richardson and Peter Emmons. Picture: SSCo

New company SSCo - L-R Josh Richardson, Luke Porter, Claire Richardson and Peter Emmons. Picture: SSCo

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Increased demand for superyacht deck equipment has led an Ipswich-based superyachts specialist to launch a new company specialising in just that.

The founders of Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT) Josh and Claire Richardson, have launched specialist deck hardware company Shipyard Supply Co (SSCo).

Located in Harkstead, near Ipswich, the new business will be headed up by Luke Porter, formerly of Oyster Yachts, and will allow each company to focus on its respective market sectors.

Mr Porter claims that it’s an exciting time in the superyacht sector, with increasing demand for bigger, better and more customised projects. “As a former bosun on a superyacht I know how frustrating it can be spending time searching for quality products or finding local suppliers to work on custom projects, so it makes perfect sense to have a one stop shop for all deck equipment.

“Being based in Suffolk means we are perfectly placed to take advantage of the rich manufacturing expertise we have in this area and we aim to support local businesses whenever we can.”

Since its launch in 2011, Ipswich based and Queen’s Award winning SYTT has seen year-on-year growth in all aspects of its business, particularly in its deck equipment division.

Mr Richardson commented: “By launching Shipyard Supply Co, we are evolving with the superyacht market and meeting the rapid growth in the demand for deck hardware. The new business will operate as a separate entity handling the manufacture and supply of everything from tender whips and fenders to custom stainless steel and carbon projects. This allows SSCo to go beyond the scope of SYTT products and form new relationships and distributorships within the industry and we are very excited to have Luke onboard to manage all of this.”

Day-to-day operations at SSCo will be overseen by Mr Porter, while Mr and Mrs Richardson will focus on SYTT.

Peter Emmons, Technical Sales at SYTT, will join Luke at SSCo as Technical Manager, handling all deck equipment enquiries. However, Mr Emmons will continue to work closely with current SYTT clients, assuming a dual role in order to bridge the gap between the two companies in the early days.

SYTT will continue to provide deck equipment from across the range of suppliers.

SSCo will be attending Monaco Yacht Show from September 26 to 29.

Superyacht Tenders and Toys is the leading independent consultancy and management company specialising in all superyacht tender and toy needs and provides practical solutions for the World’s finest yachts.

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