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New models swell boat builder’s order book

Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Fairliine Boats  launching the new Targa 48 Gran Turismo at the London Boat Show 2014.

Kevin Gaskell, CEO of Fairliine Boats launching the new Targa 48 Gran Turismo at the London Boat Show 2014.

Jobs are being created at a luxury boat builder as its sales enjoy an upturn.

Bosses at Fairline Boats, in Oundle, are planning to take on more than 30 extra staff to cope with the extra workload.

The announcement comes after several years of difficulties for the firm, which displayed some of its latest boats at the London Boat Show last week.

A spokesman said: “Fairline Boats is now recruiting up to 38 new members of staff with a range of skills, to work across its factories and will be approaching previous employees.

“In addition to these positions, Fairline will be looking for experts in marine engineering to work with dealers to represent the brand in the Middle East. Recruitment is due to a strong recovery in forward sales, with an uptake in orders partly due to new boat introductions in the last 12 months.

These include the new Targa 48 Gran Turismo, launched at the London Boat Show.”

Last summer, the firm announced it had achieved planned job cuts with 38 voluntary redundancies.

In June this year Fairline Boats, which employs about 700 at Oundle and Corby, said it had invested £2.8million in streamlining production and was cutting up to 60 jobs.

That came in the wake of five years in which the firm had shed more than 200 jobs.

Fairline said investment at Corby allowed it to change eight production lines to three mixed model lines, which had brought a reassessment of the number of employees needed.

Newly appointed chief executive Kevin Gaskell, who was previously managing director of Porsche Cars GB and BMW GB, said: “I’m excited about our new products and plans and look forward to delivering our vision for the future to our customers and partners.

Chairman Peter Williamson said Mr Gaskell’s extensive experience working with premium luxury brands put him in great stead to lead Fairline Boats into an exciting future.

 

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