Oxfordshire-based Williams Jet Tenders, the world’s leading jet tender specialist, is celebrating after its design engineering manager Dan Bloice-Smith won the inaugural Rising Star Award at this year’s prestigious Boat Builder Awards, which were announced during a ceremony at The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam.
The Rising Star Award was a new category added to this year’s Boat Builder Awards and recognises an individual up to the age of thirty-five who has had a major impact on the boat building business.
Over the past eight years at Williams Jet Tenders, Bloice-Smith has been instrumental in the growth of the business. Having joined as an engineer in 2010, he now heads up the technical department and oversees new product development.
With a proven track record in designing world class products, he has been involved in the launch of no less than 16 new models and was pivotal in the launch of the Minijet 280 in 2016, a lightweight 2.8m tender that would allow Williams to access a whole new market sector.
Not only talented on the design side, Bloice-Smith has also devoted his spare time to establishing and running Williams’ innovative ‘Powerboat School’. Engaging with the local community, he oversees a group of students through a six-week programme, teaching them the basics of boatbuilding across consecutive weekends. The best students are offered an apprenticeship at Williams the following year and to-date, the programme has produced six apprentices who have gone onto become full time employees.
Commenting on the award, Mat Hornsby, sales director of Berinsfield-headquartered Williams Jet Tenders, said: “We want to pass on our congratulations to Dan for winning the very first Rising Star Award. We are thrilled he has been recognised for his hard work and dedication to the business. This award is testament to Dan’s design and engineering skills that have allowed Williams to dominate the luxury yacht tender market. The Rising Star Award is a brilliant category that provides the perfect way to praise emerging talent in the global marine industry. This award is richly deserved.”