About us: XS Ribs / BMC: Key Staff, History

XS Ribs have been building Ribs since the start of the Millenium.  The parent company BMC have been in the marine business for 50 + years and are one of the longest established retailers in the UK market.


XS Ribs are a UK Based Company that proudly manufacturers it's craft in Yorkshire. Shown here is the VERY FIRST XS Rib, back in the day called an "X Rib"


All aspects of the craft are made in house and quality control can thus be maintained.  Our staff have been with us since the start and they not only know how to make boats they also know how to use them and this hands on experience shows in all that we do.


XS Ribs is the boat building "division" within Barnet Marine Centre Limited (BMC)  BMC are a major player in the UK marine market being the largest supplier of Outboard motors in the UK as well as an estensive portfolio of other products that they distribute. 


Currently we have a staff of more than 20, below are some of the people involved in the making and fitting out of XS Craft.


Visit the web site of BMC Ltd  www.ribs.co.uk

Our team


Managing Director

Laurence Lock

Phone: 01707 331 389

E-mail: info@ribs.co.uk


Laurence has been with BMC since 1986, he worked with Tornado Ribs in the UK before co founding XS in 2001.  He is a Diver and keen Rib User.  He is based in the Welwyn office.


Finance Director

Sally Lock

Phone: 01707 331 389

E-mail: sally@ribs.co.uk


Based at the Welwyn Garden City Office. Sally keeps us all in our place.



James Millett


One of the founders of XS Ribs James has been making boats for over 20 years.  James is based at the factory in Yorkshire.

Design & Development

Glen Coulman


One of the founders of XS Ribs Glen has been making boats for over 20 years.   Glen  is based at the factory in Yorkshire.

(Factory Manager:  RETIRED)

Ted Coulman


One of the founders of XS Ribs Ted made boats for over 30 years.  It would be fair to say that Ted taught us all that we know !


Sadly Ted Passed away recently, he is missed by all of us.

Sales & Purchasing

Martin Saggers

Phone: 01707 331 389

E-mail: martin@ribs.co.uk


Martin joined us in 2006 and this makes him the new boy !  A diver and widely experienced in all things Ribby he is based at the Welwyn office with Laurence.