Silver lining found in lockdown

'Silver Sturgeon' on her way up river - annual refit completed by The SMS Group during lockdown.
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Facing down the uncertainty of Covid-19 together has seen The SMS Group safely undertake and complete two projects for River Thames-based Woods Silver Fleet whilst in lockdown.

Fabrication for Woods’ new Central London facility ‘Woods Quay’ was carried out in Southampton whilst the annual refit of flagship ‘Silver Sturgeon’ took place in Lowestoft.

Commenting on the Woods Quay project Nicholas Warren, Commercial Director of The SMS Group, said, “The support of Woods, and their faith in buying and building British during these challenging times really is fantastic. As is their new facility; it’s COVID-secure, offers customers the combined and truly unique proposition of tailored events spaces, boating and bespoke lunches. Geared up for both ‘family bubbles’ and more formal/corporate events, the facility is a genuine game changer for the Thames. We truly appreciate their custom and wish them then very best of luck with what remains of the Summer season”.

Tom Woods, Managing Director of Woods Silver Fleet, said, “We have made significant investments in the last 24 months. The annual Silver Sturgeon refit in Lowestoft and our new quay, Woods Quay, being just two of the aforementioned.”

“Woods Quay is a wonderful space. We’re determined to offer the best, high-end, experience on the Thames whilst at the same time ensure economic pricing, and a ‘family bubble’ model focussing on food, fun, and boating.  Our intent is also to offer our corporate customers a totally bespoke, customisable, entertaining and event space. It’s the best London has to offer, and its right on the waterfront”.

Woods Quay recently hosted the launch of the newly rebranded Uber Boat by Thames Clippers.  “Each and every business is enduring difficult times at the moment.” Added Nicholas. “That said the way that both Woods and Thames Clippers have ‘future-proofed’ their respective businesses by making the right investments and the right time gives both the industry and Londoners a sense of security. The Thames is becoming an increasingly special, first class, part of London and we’re both pleased and proud to part of that ever-expanding community.”

Thames Clippers vessels are built by The SMS Group’s sister company The Wight Shipyard in Cowes IOW, UK.

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