We are pleased to announce that VANBAR associates has been appointed to provide PR advice and boost the business profile of Ireland’s leading marine engine and boat service specialist Tony’s Marine Service (TMS), which this year is celebrating its silver anniversary.

Located in Coleraine on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, TMS was founded in 1990 by local man Tony Hodges who, over the past two and a half decades, has firmly established the business as the trusted name in the marine industry.

TMS offers repairs, servicing, diagnostics, winterisation, boat modification and upgrades, valets and storage to private boat owners and clients across the public and private sectors.   

Operating under its own Xtreme Boat Sales brand, TMS also offers a range of boats for purchase and is the sole distributor in Ireland for US-manufactured Glastron sports boats and cruisers.  

Tony Hodges, founder and proprietor of Tony's Marine Service 

Tony Hodges, founder and proprietor of Tony's Marine Service 

Proprietor Tony Hodges (pictured above) said he believed the recruitment of VANBAR associates would enable TMS to access new markets and compete effectively for new contracts across the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and beyond.  

Tony said:

“I am very proud that, 25 years after establishing the business, TMS continues to go from strength to strength with new customers coming onboard on a regular basis.

“But with the economic outlook now looking more positive than for many years, I believe it is the right time to move the business into a new gear with the clear aim of expanding our operations, both geographically and in scale.

“I’ve known Barry for a long time and when he told me that he and Vanessa were setting up VANBAR associates, it was obvious that TMS would benefit from working with them.

 "2015 promises to be a very exciting year for both companies.”   

Leeds-based VANBAR associates was set up in October 2014 by Vanessa and Barry White.  It offers the full range of communications services including media relations, marketing positioning, copy writing and event management to clients in the public, private and charitable sectors.

Barry said:

“We are very much looking forward to working with Tony and TMS, particularly in the firm’s silver anniversary year.

“It is a business with a well-earned and strongly established reputation for excellence and professionalism in everything it does.  This is evidenced by the fact that, despite the economic difficulties faced by so many companies since the financial crash of 2008, TMS continues to flourish.

VANBAR associates is thrilled to be invited to play our part in helping TMS to fulfil its ambitions of further growth and achieving greater market share. Exciting times lie ahead.”