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The Liferaft Hire Company.

In the space of about 10 years PREMIUM LIFERAFT SERVICES grew from a proposed semi-retirement business to the largest dedicated Liferaft hire business in the UK. (probably the world) and it still maintains that position today.

In the Late 70’s Founder ‘Pip’ Barr saw a gap in the market when he wanted to rent a Liferaft for a North Sea crossing. On returning from the trip he bought the dozen or so rafts from the company he had hired from and at the next London Boat Show struck a deal with then Managing Director of Lifeguard Equipment Ltd., Rex Smith, to buy Lifeguard rafts. Within four years PREMIUM LIFERAFT SERVICES had grown large enough to employ Pip’s youngest son Matthew and two and a half years later Servicing Manager Andy Wade, both of whom are still with the company.

High interest rates and increasing demand saw the business go from strength to strength. Premium’s formula of personal, friendly and helpful service proved to be a winning one.

1989 saw Pip taken ill and Tony Cash joined the company. Unfortunately early in 1990 Pip died, leaving Matthew & Tony in charge as Joint managing directors. 2002 saw Tony’s retirement leaving Matthew in sole charge.

As the company continued to grow more space was needed and in 1996 PREMIUM LIFERAFT SERVICES built their own premises which provided new offices and 5000 sq. foot of servicing station on the Burnham Business park which is approved by the Marine & Coastguard Agency and no fewer than 8 Liferaft manufacturers.

Today PREMIUM LIFERAFT SERVICES has a stock in excess of 1000 Liferafts for rent and has an extensive network of depots throughout the UK. We are proud to maintain the quality of service upon which the company was founded.
Burnham Business Park
Burnham on Crouch
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Liferaft House is PREMIUM LIFERAFT SERVICES’ purpose built premises which consists of our Head office and over 5,000 square feet of servicing & storage space.

Comtalk Leasing Ltd, t/a Premium Liferaft Services, Liferaft House, Burnham Business Park, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8TE (Reg No: 899 143)Tel: 01621784858 Fax: 01621785934