Magazine article Management Today

Decisions - Robert Braithwaite - Sunseeker

Magazine article Management Today

Decisions - Robert Braithwaite - Sunseeker

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Founder and managing director of the Dorset boat-maker.

MY BEST ...

Everything is made in Poole. We design, develop and manufacture the boats here. In the past year, we've made 330 boats, from 47ft out to 120ft. The only way I've succeeded is by building a team around me.

I still have a very hands-on role but that has changed over the years. I didn't want to step back, because people who start their own businesses don't feel that they can ever let go. But I realised that to succeed at a business and to keep it British, I had to bring in skills from other industries.

I started that about eight years ago. We brought in an accountant from the City, manufacturing skills from people trained in the US, and product developers from BMW. It was the only way forward.

MY WORST ...

In the early '80s, we were invited to start building boats in Canada, but that was a major mistake. …

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