added by emma on January 2, 2014 at 05:38


WANTED : General Manager / Accounts Manager for SE Kent based manufacturing company. Flying Fish manufactures around 100 small hovercraft each year, employs 20 people and exports to a dozen countries from our factory in Sandwich. In  order to achieve consistent, targeted, production deadlines, we need an experienced full-time manager to join the management team,  overseeing all aspects of production staff management including fibreglass hull manufacture, engineering and fitting out. In addition, the manager will be required to administer company book keeping and accounts, including VAT reconciliation and filing, deal with suppliers and customers and have knowledge of Quickbooks or similar accounts software.

This role will suit a mature and experienced person with a working mechanical knowledge, a management and accounts background and the ability to motivate and organise staff.
Flying Fish is a small but expanding company, and this is a key role - so  you'll need to display a flexible, committed and proactive approach which can assist the management team at the highest level.

The role is 40 hours per week, plus extra hours as required in busy times and the successful candidate will start at the end of January.

For more details, please send your CV to Emma or Russ at Flying Fish Hovercraft,  via email : russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk

Formation of the Hovercraft Manufacturers Association (HMA)

added by emma on March 12, 2013 at 11:17

Dear All

It is with enormous pleasure that I can announce that the Hovercraft Manufacturers Association was formed on Friday March 8th 2013.

The aims of the Association are to develop and mature the hovercraft industry, promoting their use in recreational and commercial roles, represent the industry to the media and legislative authourities and work together to ensure that our members produce safe hovercraft.

It is open to all full-time, professional hovercraft manufacturers all around the world and expressions of interest are encouraged from companies who could not make the inaugural meeting. An associate membership is available to manufacturers of craft exclusively for racing. The initial fee for each company is £200.00 (£100 Associate) to cover the initial set up costs (website/design/PO box etc) but it is anticipated that subsequent years shall be considerably less.

The contents of a draft constitution were discussed and will be made available in revised form in due course, as will full meeting notes.

The officers elected were as follows.


Chairman : John Gifford

Secretary / Treasurer : Russ Pullen


Formative Members

Norfolk Hovercraft

Vortex Hovercraft

Flying Fish


K&M Products (Eagle Hovercraft)

BBV Hovercraft

Flying Fish Hovercraft


Work will now commence on website, logo, organisation and administrative work.

The HMA would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the President of the  'World Hovercraft Organisation,' Tony Drake, for his kind offer to chair the meeting. The meeting ran efficiently and was kept firmly to the Agenda for which we were all grateful. The HMA hopes to strengthen and develop its ties with the WHF, EHF and HCGB Organisations as well as  and enthusiasts, distributors and other operators.

For more information, contact the HMA via secretary, Russ Pullen on (01304) 619820 or russ@flyingfishhovercraft.co.uk






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