The first 'waxi' will hit the waterways today (7 Nov) taking passengers from Dukes 92 in Castlefield to intu Trafford centre for Santa’s Grotto visits. It is the first water taxi service in operation in Greater Manchester.
As of tomrorow, waxi will be operating morning and evening on Mondays-Fridays between Sale and Castlefield, and a circular route which runs from Castlefield to Old Trafford and the intu Trafford Centre.
waxi was founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Steven Cadwell who originally wanted a service that ran from the city centre to MediaCityUK, but had to look at other options due to the construction of the Ordsall Chord which is due to complete in 2017.
Steven said: “It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get this point but we are really excited about waxi’s services finally launching. It’s something that will appeal to a lot of people who want a different way to travel to work or to football matches.
"We know our roadways are getting more and more congested, and more people are seeking alternative forms of transport. At the moment we have two boats but we are looking to add to the fleet next year as the business develops. ”
Steven has been supported on his journey by Entrepreneurial Spark, the business accelerator programme based in NatWest’s office in Hardman Boulevard, Manchester.
Powered by NatWest alongside partners KPMG Enterprise, Dell EMC and Pinsent Masons, Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for start-up and scale up businesses and has provided free support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation for hundreds of businesses in hubs or Hatcheries across the UK.
Steven added: “Entrepreneurial Spark has really helped me develop the business in a way that is scalable, particularly when we had to delay our original service plans. We knew what we wanted to do with the business but having the support from the team at Entrepreneurial Spark has helped us to position ourselves in a place where we really feel we can succeed as a business.”