News article created on 25 January 2017

New cafe boat business sought for Trevor Basin

We are on the lookout for a floating café operator to offer a quality choice to the 300,000 people who visit the site each year.

A boat crossing the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct A boat crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

We are seeking a professional business for a new commercial mooring in the heart of Trevor Basin at the northern end of the Pontycysyllte Aqueduct. At present there are limited formal catering facilities on the site and this therefore represents an outstanding opportunity to provide an additional high quality service to the increasing number of visitors.  The Trust is looking for a business that can be open all year round, benefitting from external seating in the busy summer months and offering a cosy warming indoor environment during winter.

We would like a business proposal that is exciting, innovative and complements the World Heritage Status of the area.

Mike Grimes, head of boating at the Trust, said: "This is a great opportunity to set up a thriving floating café in an absolutely jaw-dropping location. Boaters, cyclists and walkers from across the country and beyond make the journey to marvel at Thomas Telford’s spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. We’re looking for a business proposal that is fitting for the World Heritage Status of this very special area."

Initially we will be seeking expressions of interest. Interested parties may be required to enter in to a formal tender process thereafter.  More information, including a copy of the marketing particulars, can be found here: Trevor Basin business tender

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