Hi, I'm Jane Asher (not the famous actress and cook) but the proud owner of myrivercruising.com, a company that offers river thames cruises and boating holidays on the Thames.
With the same name, Jane Asher, as the famous actress, I'm always asked; "Can you make cakes?" The answer is "yes, but they're not very good and you wouldn't want to eat them!" Fortunately on our river cruises, my husband Alan Asher does all the food preparation so our guests are in safe hands there. I run the business and also do all the driving as I'm a qualified skipper. I haven't always been into boating on the Thames. I started my career as a teacher and followed this path for 20 years. I decided, having been an ardent follower of programmes such as 'Dragons den' that i wanted to start my own business, even though not really knowing what type of business I wanted to do. I know we needed money and so I sold my house and bought a boat (sailing and anything to do with boats is a real passion of mine). Now living on a boat, we decided to do cruises on our boat for parties up to 12 people. This took off and so we rapidly expanded and had built a purpose built hotel boat, Boat Geanna. We took part in the Channel Four programme 'Four In A Bed' and won! (the other contestants were lovely to work with and we're still overwhelmed that we won as they were our very first guests). Following a successful first season on Boat Geanna, we bought our third boat, Boat Gina 2. She is a purpose built narrow boat for up to 6 people and is a self drive canal boat on the River Thames. So there we are. Still working incredibly long hours but doing a job we love.