Ten years of Tacktick


Remember this? An early press advert for the company way back in the nineties
 

Remember this? An early press advert for the company way back in the nineties

The impressive 10 year rise and rise of Emsworth based company
A good idea, well executed got the Tacktick business off the ground and after a decade of growth and development the Emsworth based company is celebrating 10 years in the marine electronics business in 2007. A solar powered fluxgate compass for dinghies is now just one product among a large range of solar powered – and wireless – instrumentation for the pleasure boat market and it would seem that this is just the start. Another 10 years? “It’s a young team, we are not ready for retiring,” says joint Managing Director Clive Johnson when we spoke to him recently at the London Boat Show. Clive and his brother Mark set up the company together and have turned several interested purchasers away during the years and have what Clive calls “a fairly supportive” relationship with Nat West bank and they continue to self fund the business which the expect to turnover £4.5m for this trading year. Mark (left) and Clive Johnson with their Boating Business award Like all good start ups, the original product idea was declined by the big player (in the Johnson’s case Raymarine who Mark was working for at the time) and as they say, the rest is history – well ten years at least. Both keen dinghy sailors, the brothers set about revolutionising dinghy compasses which had not really developed from the original floating card and a tactical scale. Mark is the electronic engineer in the partnership and Clive is the mechanical engineer. So between them they could produce the internal electronics and the display moulding and get the ball rolling. What they did next is still core to the business model they operate under. They took the design drawings and outsourced the production of the unit to companies close to them on the South Coast and avoided any heavy investments in capital,

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