Boat hire platform Click&Boat, has acquired its main competitor Nautal.
The acquisition means there are now more than 360 boats listed on the site for rental in the UK with the worldwide fleet standing at 45,000 boats.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Click&Boat has continued to expand and the company now has 150 employees, including an increase in its UK sales and marketing team by 20% in July.
“Click&Boat and Nautal share many values and commonalities,” said Click&Boat’s founder, Jeremy Bismuth. “With the acquisition of Nautal, Click&Boat opens a new chapter in its development and allows the business to reach a critical size in order to promote optimal quality of service.”
Click&Boat’s UK press and marketing manager, Jack Bowerman added: “The Nautal acquisition is really exciting for our UK market, as it dramatically increases the number of boats in the UK that will benefit from the Click&Boat group’s ever-growing resources.
And he explained that Click&Boat has upped the number of skippered charters as a direct result of an increase in post lockdown bookings requesting manned rentals.
June 2020 saw an increase in these booking by 60% compared to the same period last year. The average length of summer 2020 boat rental time is also up by 11%.
The company has achieved more than 100% growth each year over the last five years and is set to accelerate its international expansion.
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