About Nauticalia

Background

Nauticalia began in 1974, as a floating marine antiques shop in a converted rubbish barge on the River Thames at Shepperton. Lynn Lewis, an ex-BBC television reporter, and his wife Val, also a journalist, were the founders.

As the business developed, it became obvious that there were not enough antiques to satisfy demand, especially for the large items of nautical décor that so enthralled their customers. An advert in the local paper, for a 19th century diver's helmet, brought six buyers the next day - but there was only one for sale! To solve the problem, Lynn commissioned a batch of ten detailed replicas from a specialist metal works, and thus began Nauticalia's famous range of reproduction boating and shipping memorabilia.

Nauticalia first shop on the River Thames at Shepperton
Nauticalia first shop on the River Thames at Shepperton

Ship's telegraphs, binnacles, bells, bosun's whistles, brass information signs and anchor lamps soon followed the same course, and necessitated a move to larger premises ashore. Not, however, before Lynn had managed to lose several tools over the side of the barge whilst making repairs, and invented one of the company's best-known products, the Sea Searcher recovery magnet, to get them back. Today the powerful magnet, which has been in continuous production ever since, is used by emergency services, boat owners and even sewage system workers worldwide. Over half a million have been sold!

Forty years later, the range has developed from using only the classic marine materials of teak, brass, hemp and cork to include everything from anchor-shaped doorknockers to zoom-focus binoculars. Lynn's principle was "If it traditionally comes from a ship, which generally means it's been built to last, let's reproduce it."

Now, with Lynn's son-in-law Chris Murdoch at the helm, Nauticalia continues to mix traditional nautical replicas with modern boating accessories in a huge range that celebrates Britain's maritime heritage - all under the umbrella of "Ships & Sea... Time & Tide... Wind & Weather... Stars & Skies".

In the UK, Nauticalia have nine own-brand shops and literally hundreds of stockists - everywhere from maritime museums to seaside "bucket-and-spade" shops - who buy from the wholesaling part of the company.

Exports, spreading British maritime heritage to the world, account for about a quarter of all sales, and Nauticalia was a proud recipient of the Queen's Award for Exports in 1998.

 

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Other Companies

Our sister company, Lindon Lewis Marine, is run by Lynn and Val's son Lindon. Operating from two Thames locations in Shepperton, they offer:

  • New boat sales and secondhand brokerage
  • Moorings and on-land storage
  • Slipping and repair facilities
  • Inboard and outboard engine sales and servicing
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Work for Nauticalia

We have vacancies in the positions listed below. We encourage applications from those who live (or plan to live) close to where they will work. Applicants must be NON-SMOKERS. Please submit a CV including past experience to Chris Murdoch at Nauticalia Ltd, Ferry Lane, Shepperton-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW17 9LQ, or see further instructions below.

e-mail: careers@nauticalia.com

Tel: 01932 244396 ~ Fax: 01932 241679
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Assistant Accountant (Full-Time)
£30K per annum

Reporting to the Financial Controller, this is a key role overseeing all financial aspects of the business including mail order, website, wholesale/export, 9 retail shops and various property interests including warehouses, offices, moorings and houseboats. Many of our staff have been with us for 10 years or more and we try to maintain the same friendly, and family, atmosphere upon which the business was founded. We are looking for a good all-rounder and a team player who will be based at our offices overlooking the River Thames in Shepperton.

 

Core responsibilities are:

~ Supervision of finance team of three. Review their work and
   give training where needed.

~ Preparation of annual budgets.

~ Assist with detailed monthly management accounts.

~ Year End Audit preparation, companies house reports and corporation tax.

~ Monthly balance sheet reconciliations including pre-payments and accruals.

~ Reconcile UK and foreign bank accounts and currency options.

~ Manage cash-flow.

~ Inter-company invoicing.

~ Depreciation & Fixed Assets.

~ Intrastat reports, EC sales lists, and VAT returns.

~ Oversee purchase and sales ledgers.

~ Perform periodic checks to include float checks, petty cash and cash security.

~ Give support to the commercial manager in relation to insurance,
   legal matters, contracts, property, tenants and health and safety.

~ Provide general holiday cover across the department.

 

Required skills:

~ Strong accounting skills.

~ An ability to work to tight deadlines.

~ A strong working knowledge of management accounts.

~ A good knowledge of Microsoft office with strong Excel skills
   and a familiarity with V-lookup, pivot tables and report writers.

~ Good organisational and planning skills.

~ Lots of energy and the enthusiasm to answer a ringing phone when we
   are busy to take orders and help out wherever needed

~ We are currently using fairly old, but stable, accounts package linked
   to KSE software, Sage payroll and some Sage accounts.

 

Benefits:

~ £30K per annum

~ Free parking at our riverside offices.

~ Staff discount.

~ Auto enrolment pension scheme.

~ Free travel on the pedestrian ferry to and from Weybridge
   (river conditions permitting).

 

Non-smokers apply with CV (including details of education and qualifications) to: james.mitchell@nauticalia.com

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Buying Department Team Member (Full-Time)
£18-£20k depending on experience

 

Do you have an eye for a good product?

We have a new vacancy within our small Buying team that will very much shape itself around the successful candidate. You must have strong admin skills but also creative flair. You will be involved in helping to develop and source products for our wholesale and retail businesses and then process them though our systems - placing purchase orders, allocating stock and monitoring sales.

Experience in a Purchasing/Buying/Merchandising department would be useful. We use Excel heavily, so you must have experience in this area as well as being a good communicator, both on the phone and using email.

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Non-smokers, please apply with CV to: Ross Morrell at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ. E-mail: ross.morrell@nauticalia.com

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Sales Assistant – Shepperton Store (Full-Time)
Salary £13,000–£15,000 dependent on experience

 

Our flagship store by the River Thames at Shepperton has a vacancy for a full-time sales assistant who would be required to work 40 hours per week on a flexible rota including some weekends.

 

Main duties will include serving customers, general administration, and care of our lovely maritime gift shop in its riverside location.

 

Retail experience is not necessary; however excellent customer service skills and a confident telephone manner are essential, along with a full driving licence, and preferably to have access to their own vehicle.

                                                                              

Non-smokers only, apply in-store at Shepperton (during opening hours - Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5.30pm) or email david.allen@nauticalia.com or telephone our Head Office on 01932 244396.

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Retail Support Administrator (Full-Time)
£15,000-£16,000pa

Pleasantly located by the Thames at Shepperton Lock, we are a family-run multi-channel retail business selling traditional nautical gifts, practical boating accessories, and outdoor clothing. We operate nine UK shops, 20 unmanned concessions, a mail order catalogue and website, and two wholesale brands selling to other mail order businesses, gift shops and chandleries.

 

Acting as the main head office contact for our store managers and concession partners, you will be responsible for:

~ stock management, reporting and replenishment

~ co-ordinating delivery schedules with our warehouses

~ managing sales data, invoicing, and compiling sales reports

~ maintaining product data files

~ ordering and distributing consumables

~ assisting with events and other projects

 

This role will suit someone with sound administration experience, self motivation and initiative, and a polite yet confident telephone manner. You will need to be numerate, literate, and analytical with good Excel skills and a high degree of attention to detail. A full UK driving licence and willingness to drive our company vehicles would be a distinct advantage.

 

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Non-smokers, please apply with CV to: David Allen at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ. E-mail: david.allen@nauticalia.com
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UK Trade Sales Executive (Full-Time)
£18,000-£20,000pa

From our head office in Shepperton, we wholesale our nautical gifts, souvenirs, and practical boating accessories to seaside gift shops, museums, chandleries, and mail order catalogues. 

We are seeking to recruit a bright, customer-focussed, sales executive to help us process these orders, deal with enquiries, and keep our customers happy. This position also includes new business development which will involve occasional work at exhibitions and events, as well as visiting customers. It would therefore suit someone who is presentable and well-spoken, with a confident telephone manner and has experience in a customer-facing role. Strong computer skills (Excel, Word, Outlook etc), and a full UK driving licence are also required. Language skills would be an advantage. 

We welcome applications from those who live close to where they will work. Non-smokers, please apply with CV to: Matt Cadle at Nauticalia, Ferry Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9LQ. E-mail: matt.cadle@nauticalia.com
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Residential Moorings on the Thames at Shepperton

Nauticalia own and operate a small number of residential moorings available to let on the River Thames in a countryside location at Shepperton. All enquiries: James Mitchell on 01932 235585, email: james.mitchell@nauticalia.com 

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