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  • What we do:
    Narrowboat holidays and related services for boat owners
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    • ABC Leisure Groups, Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, B48 7SQ
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About ABC Leisure Group Limited

ABC Leisure Group own and operate ten marinas and boatyards around the UK inland waterway system. These serve their own hire fleets, passing boaters and privately owned boats.
The business has 16 locations for hiring canal boats, providing access to most of the national canal network.
The group also build bespoke narrowboats, sell parts and second-hand craft, have a well-stocked chandler at Hilperton Marina and an online chandlery.
Further offshoots include holiday cottages, an award-winning pub at Alvechurch Marina and an à la carte restaurant.
The company’s sustainable values see them donate to the Waterways Trust Green Fund to offset their carbon production and support several charities.
Although the company have been trading in one form or another for 45 years, they decided to rename their diverse portfolio of canal-related businesses in 2007 as ABC Leisure Group.
Directors of the 200-strong Worcester-based business are Stephen Boddice, Edward Helps, Carl Onens and Kevin Threlfall.

What is it like to work for ABC Leisure Group Limited

The firm provide and maintain dedicated rest areas. There are employee review and monitoring processes, with any concerns fully investigated. While working parents are on maternity or paternity leave, they’re encouraged to visit the workplace with their baby to maintain contact with colleagues.
My Team
My Team
Regular communication from managers comes in the form of breakfast meetings, which might be stand-up meetings in the workshop over a coffee. Owners and senior management also visit the crew room in winter to hold an open forum for questions and answers.
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My Company
The business operate a staff discount scheme, pension scheme, life assurance, and a charities and communities fund. They also run motivational-speaking sessions. There’s a quarterly employee review scheme focusing on contributions to the overall success of the business.

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  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

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  • Male : Female:

    45% / 55%

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