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The licensing authorities actively promote the canals for business use.

However, regulation is necessary and therefore it is necessary to display a licence for any trading activities that take place on the waterways.

The Canal & River Trust actively encourage water based businesses. In the interests of promoting the boating leisure lifestyle to a wider audience they see the diverse nature of waterborne business adding to the attraction. They do however require that any traders are licensed and in support of this requirement have a dedicated Boating Trade Team.

The definition of trading covers all activities from selling tiller pins from the bank side to running a fleet of holiday hire boats to opening a new marina facility, so the regulations can be overwhelming.

If you want to set up a boating based business, you are advised in the first instance to contact your local Boating Trade Manager. The CRT website has an enormous collection of information relating to boating businesses and the Trade Team contacts can be found in their Boating Businesses section.
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