Overwater Marina owners Janet and Angus Maughan at the London Boat show

A marina near Nantwich has scooped a national title.

Overwater Marina, on the Shropshire Union Canal between Nantwich and Audlem, has been named Inland Marina of the Year 2015 by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

It crowns an amazing five years since it opened in 2010.

Judges awarded Overwater for its “first class reputation” and for its “beautiful countryside location, spacious design and friendly atmosphere”.

Owners of the family-run business were stunned at landing the coveted title, which comes hot on the heels of being the first canal marina to achieve the prestigious 5 Gold Anchors in TYHA Gold Anchor Scheme.

Co-owners Janet and Angus Maughan attended the awards ceremony at the London Boat Show where Overwater Marina was announced Inland Marina of the 2015.

The Maughan family developed the marina to diversify from their dairy farm – and have been amazed at how quickly it has grown into a successful business.

Janet, marina manager, said: “I can’t believe we won the award!

Marina of the Year Winners Certificate“To be named the best inland marina in the country is absolutely wonderful and a testament to all the hard work and effort the family and our fantastic team of marina staff have put in.

“The award is made even more special by the fact that it is voted for by our customers and we would especially like to thank everyone who voted for us.”

The competition is held annually by TYHA, with over 3,000 votes being cast.

As part of the voting process, customers were asked to comment on how and why they made their choice, and it was excellent customer service which was attributed to Overwater receiving so many votes.

Jon White, general manager for TYHA, said: “The increased number of marinas nominated makes all the finalists’ achievements even more impressive.

“They clearly know how to look after their customers.

“Our feedback is that the awards have encouraged marina operators and their staff to go that extra mile and build even closer relationships with their berth holders supporting our objective of raising customer service standards.”

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