Well we did it! After very late "permission" to start, we have survived our first season. I am really pleased to report that we had reasonable first year financially, having been told not to expect a profit until year 3, we made a modest profit this year.
Helped greatly by fantastic staff, the majority sourced through RibNet and the help, support and encouragement of the RibNet community.
I wont give away to much detail, as at least one competitor reads this forum, but some interesting stats;-
Miles travelled - 11048 (or over halfway round the World)
Passengers - 2500+
Average Load factor - 60%+
All this with no advertising, relying on word of mouth, Facebook and passing trade. We have already spent over £2500 on advertising & leaflets for next year and so hoping for even better results.
At the moment beginning to "relax", but already have a charter for 24 tomorrow! Are we doing it again? Yes, but right now if the right offer were made, I just might be tempted.
If I have not said it before, thanks very much