Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona is perfectly situated in the beautiful Port Ginesta Marina, a short distance from Barcelona city centre. As professional Brokers, the group have operated in Europe for over 20 years.
The company director Rob Woodward and his partner Chiara Campagnaro run the office in Port Ginesta. Rob and Chiara pride themselves on offering a professional service to clients while maintaining a friendly personal contact.
Rob says: “We recognise the need for clear communication in our work.
This is the leisure industry and we are very aware that the purchase of a boat should be stress-free. Every day we strive for customer satisfaction, always willing to go the extra mile to keep our customers happy.
I have been selling boats for almost 20 years and always kept customer satisfaction at the forefront of my mind. From our office in Barcelona Chiara and I also manage the Network Yacht Brokers Group. We are a cooperative of 20 individual businesses. Chiara is responsible for the day to day communication within the Group and we kept busy working on being the glue that keeps things together”.
A great location for boat sales
In recent years, Barcelona has become one of continental Europe’s most easily accessible cities with many regular low-cost flights from 12 UK International Airports. The City is booming because it offers exciting opportunities for business, investment and entrepreneurship. Port Ginesta is a great place to relax and get away from all that stress. The Marina has over 1400 berths with plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes on site as well as all the usual services you would find at a busy marina.
About Rob Woodward
It was way back in the 90’s when I realised I had a passion for boating. First, it was waterskiing on Lake Windermere in the UK, before buying a yacht and moving to North Wales. After that, RYA courses came along and by the time I had finished my Yacht Master Theory I was hooked as they say. During many years sailing the Irish Sea from my base in Wales, I logged thousands of miles. I became a Radar Instructor, Marine Diesel Instructor, earned a D.O.T. Certificate of competence as Yacht-Master and finally I became a Yacht Master Cruising Instructor.
After a few years later I bought the brokerage business in North Wales becoming a shareholder of the Network Yacht Brokers Group. I ran for many years the Conwy brokerage office successfully and in 2012 I became Chairman of the Group. After 24 years in the UK marine industry, I decided to make Barcelona my home. Therefore, I moved my business to Port Ginesta Marina where I now work with my business partner Chiara Campagnaro.
My original message from some years ago.
Network Yacht Brokers Conwy was originally owned by David Marshall who retired in 2000. At the time of Davids retirement I was a sailing instructor. I was working part time for Conwy School of Yachting, a business based in the same Marina complex.
in 1998 I decided to sell my motor trade business in Stockport. I moved with my family to North Wales determined to improve our quality of life.
It was at the Sailing School Christmas party around midnight. Propping up the bar at the end of a great night out I had a chance conversation with David about becoming a Yacht Broker.
David told me he was thinking of putting his business up for sale and retiring. The next morning I went in to see him and literally gave him a cheque “Absolutely no research”. This period in my life was quite frankly life changing, “I recall we stencilled a message on the inside of the office using flags”. Sadly the message has long gone, but it summed up our feelings at the time “Sink or Swim”.
I attended an ABYA broker’s course before David left me to my own devices. The ABYA course was an excellent insight into becoming a Network Yacht Broker.
After a business hand over by David I was ready to begin trading as Network Yacht Brokers Conwy.
Looking back now I couldn’t envisage doing anything else. Being a Yacht Broker gives me the opportunity to be involved in the marine industry, which I love, and I can keep my hand in terms of sailing and boating. There is hardly a week that goes by when I am not out on the water.
About Chiara Campagnaro
I finished my language studies at home in Venice Italy some years ago. At that time in my life opportunities to get into the marine industry with a company in my home city of Venice was not a big enough challenge, so I decided to look at relocating to Barcelona. Driven by my desire to travel and find a company in Europe that I could join to stimulate my interests in languages, marketing, and boating; Barcelona was my first choice of places to look. Of course, I have always loved Barcelona, it is an indisputable fact that the quality of life here is exceptional. The climate, food, architecture of this amazing city, its proximity to the sea and mountains make Barcelona a perfect place for me to thrive.
Fortune favours the brave (as the English say) on arrival I found and then joined Network Yacht Brokers Barcelona, a new S.L. company being set up in Port Ginesta Marina. What an amazing place this is to work, situated close to the famous carnival town of Sitges and just ten minutes from the Barcelona airport.
Being Italian from Venice, I now find myself driven by a passion for boating. I often think how lucky I was when I made the decision to leave my home in Italy. My life now revolves around helping our company grow and I also help to look after the wider Network Yacht Brokers Group. Coming from the boating city of Venice, having grown up surrounded by the beautiful architecture of Barcelona; I needed to be in a special place to live and work.