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Narrowboat Hire Business In Lancashire, For Sale

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• Established since 2011.
• 5 star Enjoy England tourism rating.
• 3 exceptional narrowboats included in sale – 1 x 6 berth and 2 x 4 berths.
• Annual turnover of £86,000 ( 8 months trade )
• Potential to trade all year round no seasonal restrictions.
• Enviable reputation with numerous positive reviews and feedback.
• Operates March to October.
• Much repeat custom and future bookings.
• Potential to run business under management.
• Could increase number of narrowboats or introduce ‘budget’ range.
• Prime location on Canal.

Aspire (Business and Company Sales Specialist) is delighted to present for sale this Narrowboat Hire Leisure business, based on the idyllic Lancaster Canal in Lancashire. The business benefits from a prime trading location, alongside other local retailers, ensuring high visibility and much passing interest. There is ample car parking on-site and public transport routes close by.
This picturesque location is set amidst an affluent rural area, with easy access to charming villages, larger towns and cities, and beautiful countryside on the doorstep.
The M6 motorway is close by, offering good connections throughout the North West and further afield.

This superb Narrowboat Hire Business was established by the owner in 2011 and is only now available for sale due to retirement. The owner has carefully developed the business over this time and created a desirable leisure destination with a welcoming atmosphere. The business has a fantastic reputation within the industry, having received many prestigious awards, which is reinforced by the glowing comments on internet review sites. Currently run at a pace to suit, the business trades for just 8 months of the year, offering good scope for increasing the turnover in the future if desired.

The business boasts 3 canal narrowboats, all with central heating and fully fitted with modern conveniences, such as flat screen TVs. Each boat sleeps 4-6 people and has a unique character, with comfortable furnishings and all bedding and towels provided. The boats are kept immaculately clean and well maintained, and are blacked every year.
The moorings are set within a secure and safe marina, complete with ample car parking and easy access.

Business for sale - £250,000
Monthly rolling dock lease – approximately £200 per boat

There is a professional website in place, which may benefit from the addition of an online booking system incorporating an availability calendar. A social media presence has also been established, this would benefit from more regular updates and offers opportunities to connect directly with potential and past customers.
A more aggressive marketing strategy would also benefit the business and it would be possible to establish connections with large, well-known online booking agencies if desired.

There are a number of opportunities for future scope such as increasing the number of narrowboats available for hire, perhaps introducing a budget holiday to appeal across a wider audience. Extending the operating season throughout the year is also an option; operating the business across the Christmas and New Year holiday season would offer additional opportunities.
It would also be possible to run this business under management.

This is a unique lifestyle change opportunity offering an already established business in a picturesque location, which has further potential for growth if desired. Early viewing and prompt confidential discussions with Aspire are strongly recommended.

Aspire can also assist in sourcing any finance that may be required for the purchase of this business.

Ref: Aspire 1904

Aspire Business and Company Sales Specialist. Tel:

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