PUBLISHED: 13:01 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:03 30 August 2017



What should you consider when buying a tourism business in Cornwall

When the millions of tourists flock to Cornwall this summer, many of them will find themselves outside an estate agent’s window, dreaming of a move to the UK’s favourite county – but what will you do for a living? How about own a beach-front business?

The agents for the Polkerris Beach Company admit that in their extremely experienced opinion it is very rare that an opportunity like this comes along. The leasehold for the company will set on this stunning beach front will set you back £250,000. So what do you get for your money? In short, a dream opportunity: a well-run and much loved business with an exceptional reputation, in an idyllic beach location.

There are many aspects to the seasonal business, which include an RYA-recognised Watersports Centre, takeaway beach café with seating area for around 50, beach shop, up to 12 moorings, boat storage and two parking spaces.

Polkerris is a quaint small village with a sheltered harbour beach overlooking St Austell Bay, with a stone Quay providing shelter for boats. Located just two miles west of Fowey on the South West Coast Path.

The Polkerris Beach Company is in the old Pilchard factory at Polkerris Beach and is available for sale on a lease from the Rashleigh Estate. The guide price of £250,000 leasehold is for eight years of the original 15 years of the lease. The Shillito family have successfully set up and run this business for the last seven years.

Bob Shillito has loved the diversity of his working day. I could be acting as harbourmaster for a visiting yacht, scooping ice cream, hiring out paddle boards, negotiating with equipment suppliers, and awarding sailing certificates all in the same afternoon,’ he says. You never know what will come up next!’

The Polkerris Beach Company has a well earned good reputation and many families have fond memories of activities on the water in this truly stunning part of the world. Many youngsters have been taught to sail, windsurf or powerboat in this beautiful sheltered bay on the South Cornish Coast and will have happy memories. Many will have started out with big wide eyes, feeling fairly nervous and end up proud, happy with a great sense of achievement and a certificate too!

Bob and his wife, Lynn have loved creating these happy memories for their customers. People come to the beach to have a good time and it’s immensely rewarding simply making people happy,’ says Bob. Maybe a small child clutching a few coins about to make their first ever bucket and spade purchase, or a whole bunch of hotshot windsurfers for whom you have organised an impromptu speed competition. The school groups are also great because the kids start so nervously and yet in six weeks’ time, they’re rocking.’

So if a diverse, exciting business in an idyllic location appeals to you and you would like to find out more then contact the agents acting on behalf of The Polkerris Beach Company.

Top five things to consider when buying a commercial property in Cornwall

Seasonality: many successful businesses do most of their trade during the summer season

Reliance on tourism: Cornwall attracts around five million tourists per year and 40,000 of them visit Polkerris Beach.

Qualified experienced employees in the area: sailing is a very popular sport in Cornwall and therefore there is a ready market of young, qualified instructors who are looking for summer work.

Good access: it helps if people can find the business easily - with good road, rail and air connections.

Reputation: find out what the customers really think through social media. Awards and accreditations give an idea of a business’s credentials.

Fowey Rover Estate Agents

Trafalgar House, Trafalgar Square

Fowey PL23 1AZ

01726 833 000


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