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Mug Tug launched at Mercia Marina

Lesley Mason and The Mug TugVisitors can go potty over one of the latest businesses to berth at Mercia Marina.

As part of the successful launch last year of the 74-acre marina's £1.7m Boardwalk office, restaurant and retail centre, six commercial berths were created, and the latest occupant, The Mug Tug, offers visitors the chance to make personalised ceramics.

It is the second Mug Tug business launched by owner Lesley Mason, who started her enterprise more than four years ago at Barton Marina, in Staffordshire.

Lesley said: “We’ve been closely following the fabulous development of Mercia Marina for a number of years, and we wanted to be part of it. It’s such a lovely location.”

Lesley added that despite the success of The Mug Tug, there were no plans to launch a land-based business.

“This is our unique selling point,” she said. “People very rarely have the opportunity to go on a narrow boat, so that really adds to the experience.”

Other new businesses to have moved into The Boardwalk development since it opened last autumn include Elegant Touch Beauty, Bluewater Clothing, The Boardwalk Bar & Dining, The Butcher Baker farm shop and growing pharmaceutical company Bionical. There are also furniture and gift stores, fashion accessories and children’s clothing and giftware.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina, said: “The Mug Tug is creative, inspiring and puts a smile on the face of everyone who visits. It’s just the sort of high-quality enterprise we want to encourage. We’re delighted to have Lesley on board, and we wish her every success.”