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Old 22 September 2013, 06:43   #1
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Exciting News from Osprey Ribs

To all the loyal Osprey customers out there and any budding Osprey Owners it gives us great pleasure to announce the next step in Osprey's development.

Over the last 9 months Osprey UK (aka Whitham Glassfibre) have gone through a difficult transition. As well as a very difficult few years for the sale of new Ribs especially to the Leisure market, Osprey also suffered the loss of Roy Bishop who had been the custodian of Osprey in the UK for a number of years.

As you will have seen over the last few months, time and money has been invested in developing a new website and a number of improvements have been made to the way in which the ribs are upholstered and to the Stainless steel accessories supplied by our fabricators.

During this time we have had a number of new projects to work on and once again some superb Ospreys have been leaving the factory. One of these was for a familiar face on Ribnet, Nigel Jenkins AKA "Landlord". Nigel has been very supportive over the last few months providing demonstrations on his 7.0 meter Vipermax "Galahad" as well as talking to prospective customers on the phone. Following discussions whilst down at the boat show it has been agreed that Nigel will take on the UK dealership for Osprey, with plans for premises in the Southampton area.

A new company has been formed, Osprey RIBs Ltd and besides Nigel he is joined by Alex Hutchings better known as "Whisper" the fund raiser and organiser of the Round Isle Of White Cruise for MacMillan Cancer. They will no doubt be along shortly with their own update.

This will give Osprey a new home on the South Coast and will provide the perfect springboard to develop this hugely respected brand further with the target audience that the South Coast provides. GRP lamination will continue to be done by Mike Whitham. However the rigging and fit-out of the boats will be completed at the new premises.

I am sure you will all join us in wishing them great success as they take over the reigns to Osprey UK...!
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Old 22 September 2013, 06:55   #2
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nice to see that there are plans to push this brand,,
Good luck with the new venture
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Old 22 September 2013, 07:05   #3
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To all the loyal Osprey customers out there and any budding Osprey Owners it gives us great pleasure to announce the next step in Osprey's development.

Over the last 9 months Osprey UK (aka Whitham Glassfibre) have gone through a difficult transition. As well as a very difficult few years for the sale of new Ribs especially to the Leisure market, Osprey also suffered the loss of Roy Bishop who had been the custodian of Osprey in the UK for a number of years.

As you will have seen over the last few months, time and money has been invested in developing a new website and a number of improvements have been made to the way in which the ribs are upholstered and to the Stainless steel accessories supplied by our fabricators.

During this time we have had a number of new projects to work on and once again some superb Ospreys have been leaving the factory. One of these was for a familiar face on Ribnet, Nigel Jenkins AKA "Landlord". Nigel has been very supportive over the last few months providing demonstrations on his 7.0 meter Vipermax "Galahad" as well as talking to prospective customers on the phone. Following discussions whilst down at the boat show it has been agreed that Nigel will take on the UK dealership for Osprey, with plans for premises in the Southampton area.

A new company has been formed, Osprey RIBs Ltd and besides Nigel he is joined by Alex Hutchings better known as "Whisper" the fund raiser and organiser of the Round Isle Of White Cruise for MacMillan Cancer. They will no doubt be along shortly with their own update.

This will give Osprey a new home on the South Coast and will provide the perfect springboard to develop this hugely respected brand further with the target audience that the South Coast provides. GRP lamination will continue to be done by Mike Whitham. However the rigging and fit-out of the boats will be completed at the new premises.

I am sure you will all join us in wishing them great success as they take over the reigns to Osprey UK...!

Nice one What you need now is a poster boy to do some piccies, wave jumping 'n shit
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Old 22 September 2013, 07:16   #4
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Wow this is indeed good news! About time Osprey had a presence down South and I wish both Nigel and Alex the best of luck (even though I'm sure they don't need it) with the new Business.
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Old 22 September 2013, 07:22   #5
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This is really good news - good luck to Nigel & Alex & everyone else involved
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Old 22 September 2013, 08:00   #6
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Excellent news
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Old 22 September 2013, 08:29   #7
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Look forward to seeing it all in place.

Well done, the hard work starts here.

I think your timing is probably about right.

Great news!!!
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About time that you two done some work. Looks like I'll have to ban you from my place invade you steal my ideas. LOL
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Not invade. In case. Stupid phone
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Old 22 September 2013, 09:33   #10
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Great news. Good luck to Nigel and Alex in their new venture - and I'm sure they'll be a credit to Osprey!
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