Meanwhile, leaks within the C&RT owned marina operation say that the new buyer is MDL Marinas, the owner of 18 UK Marinas along the south and east coasts and on the Thames. These include yacht marinas at Brixham, Chatham, on the Hamble and the up-market Ocean Village marina in the heart of Southampton. MDL also owns Windsor marina on the Thames and marinas in Italy and Spain. Peter Underwood has been checking out the family behind MDL marinas.
MDL is owned by Yattendon Group, a private company owned by the Iliffe family. The group is made up of four operating businesses covering a range of sectors including local media, agriculture, property and marinas. It has operations in the UK, Europe and Canada. The Group’s head office is based in Yattendon Village which forms the heart of the Iliffe’s Yattendon Estate in Berkshire.
The Illiffe family are best known as newspaper proprietors, a sort of provincial Harmsworths, owners of the Daily Mail. Their 38 newspapers are run from offices in Cambridge and are mostly local weeklies in the East of England.
Baron Iliffe is a title created in 1933 for the newspaper magnate Sir Edward Illiffe, a Tory MP who at one stage also owned the Birmingham Post and Mail and part of the Daily Telegraph.
Since 2010 the title is held by his grandson, the third Baron, who succeeded his uncle in 1996. He is the current Commodore of The Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight. Lord Iliffe, 73, and the rest of the Iliffe family holds an estimated fortune of £297m through media and property. according to the 2018 Sunday Times Rich List.