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MDL MARINA CONSULTANCY FAQS

We are passionate about creating a vision and developing first-class marine leisure destinations for you. Anchored in Britain, we offer bespoke marina consultancy services across the globe.

YOU WORK WITH MULTIPLE CLIENTS IN THE INDUSTRY. HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT YOU WON’T DISCLOSE DETAILS ABOUT MY PROJECT?

Right from an initial enquiry or conversation, we’ll keep your business confined to the relevant team members. All our projects are bound by confidentiality clauses in the terms of engagement or under a separate non-disclosure agreement. We work professionally and have the systems in place to make sure that sensitive information remains confidential.

YOU OPERATE MARINAS AND WORK AS CONSULTANTS. HOW CAN I BE SURE THERE IS NO CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND THAT YOU WILL GIVE ME UNBIASED ADVICE?

In practice, there are very few instances where conflicts of interest could occur. But you can rely on us to work professionally and give honest unbiased advice. If we do see a conflict of interest of any kind, we’ll tell you about it and, if necessary, respectfully decline opportunities. We are always happy to advise clients where there is no direct competition, for example marinas operating in a different geographical location to our marinas or operating in a different market. We are also keen to talk to other operators where there might be an opportunity for collaboration.

DO YOU HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYMENT POLICY?

Yes. We also hold Investors in People accreditation.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU EMPLOY?

Around 265 in our UK marinas and head office.

WILL YOU PROVIDE YOUR INPUT TO THE PLANNING AND DESIGN AS PART OF AN OVERALL MANAGEMENT PACKAGE FOR MY MARINA?

We normally provide services for a fee but for some opportunities we are prepared to provide limited input for no fee during the early development stages if our commission includes a management role in the setting up and running of the marina or boat yard.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN OPERATING MY MARINA OR BOAT YARD?

Yes! The operating model will depend upon where the marina is, but our services include operating marinas or providing management advice and support at any level and at any stage. Contact us and we’d be pleased to talk to you about the most appropriate way to take things forward for you.

CAN I SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT MY PROJECT WITHOUT COMMITTING TO PAYING FOR CONSULTANCY WORK?

Yes! Our team is always happy to discuss anything marina-related, so please do call or email and we’ll be pleased to share our thoughts with you free and with no obligation to take things further. We know that it takes a long time to start a marina project, so we expect to have discussions with clients about projects long before they are at a stage where consultancy work may begin.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

We have experience in all aspects of planning, design, development and operation of marinas, whether for ourselves or for our clients. Our team offers everything from the initial appraisal of a marina site or existing business, through to planning the business, designing, procurement, construction and anything needed for the marina to open and operate.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL TIME FROM STARTING TO PLAN A MARINA TO IT BEING READY TO OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

The time to plan and build a marina can vary hugely, but in our experience 4 to 5 years would be the absolute minimum with 2 to 3 years to plan, design and secure all the permissions and then 1 to 2 years to build.

HOW LONG DOES A TYPICAL MARINA STUDY TAKE TO COMPLETE?

The time to plan and build a marina can vary hugely, but in our experience 4 to 5 years would be the absolute minimum with 2 to 3 years to plan, design and secure all the permissions and then 1 to 2 years to build.

WHAT IS YOUR OWNERSHIP STRUCTURE?

We are wholly owned by the Yattendon Group, a family-owned business based in Yattendon, Berkshire, with interests in a portfolio of businesses including property, agriculture, local media, and marine leisure. The business is owned by the Iliffe family with Lord Iliffe as Chairman.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN OPERATION?

We started in 1973, and we’ve grown steadily since, both through acquiring marinas and developing new sites. Our first consultancy project was carried out in 2009.

WHERE ARE YOUR OWN MARINAS?

We are Europe’s leading marina operator, with 19 marinas and boat yards in the UK, one in Spain and one in Italy. See here for a map of our marina locations.

WHERE DO YOU WORK?

We’ve completed projects in the UK, Europe, Russia and China – so we’re happy to work anywhere in the world.

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