Sail on as bank loan creates work for 60

Exciting plans: From the left:, Robert Neff (Mercia Marina), John Franklin (The Co-operative Bank), David Lee (The Co-operative Bank) and John Thornton (Mercia Marina).
Exciting plans: From the left:, Robert Neff (Mercia Marina), John Franklin (The Co-operative Bank), David Lee (The Co-operative Bank) and John Thornton (Mercia Marina).
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SIXTY jobs are set to be created after the Co-operative Bank in Sheffield made a £6.4m loan to Derbyshire tourist attraction, Mercia Marina.

Madecorn Leisure, owners of the UK’s largest inland marina, are using the funding to develop The Lighthouse gastro-pub, 11 new shops on the waterfront boardwalk and a central piazza.

The expansion of the existing 24-acre marina development is expected to create up to 60 jobs, according marina general manager Robert Neff.

He said: “We are delighted by the support of The Co-operative Bank and the team at the Sheffield CBC, who have a solid understanding of our aspirations as a business and our exciting plans for the future.”

Work on the expansion is expected to begin in February 2013 and is due to be completed in October of that year.

Mercia Marina, which opened in 2008, is located at Willington Lake. It has more than 580 berths for narrowboats and cruisers, a wildlife lake and holiday home development.