Part Exchange: A Win-Win Option

Peace of mind from the certainty gained was the main benefit of part exchange for Yvonne and Bill King, who are now happily enjoying their new lifestyle.

Peace of mind from the certainty gained was the main benefit of part exchange for Yvonne and Bill King, who are now happily enjoying their new lifestyle.

Part Exchange: A Win-Win Option

If you want to increase your park home sales, but are finding it difficult to secure buyers, part exchange could be the answer.
Quick Move Properties is the UK’s largest property part exchange company, allowing new home and park home providers to offer risk-free, hassle-free and guaranteed part exchange on their customers’ existing homes as an incentive for them to purchase onward.
“Usually, customers use our service if they need to sell a second home, an investment property or an inherited property in order to release capital to purchase their holiday home,” explains a spokesperson for Quick Move Properties. “Or, others are downsizing and use the equity released from their existing property to purchase a smaller property and a holiday home.
“We work with leisure parks, leisure home manufacturers and individual vendors. To date, over 5,000 properties have been purchased through Quick Move, with a total value of £725 million.”

MARKET VAGARIES
Bill and Yvonne King were interested in using part exchange to avoid the vagaries of the housing market when selling their existing property, but didn’t think it could be as straightforward as it appeared. Bill comments: “I looked into part exchange and liked everything about it, particularly the speed at which a sale could be completed, even though at this stage I had no idea how high the service level would be.”
He adds: “I did my research, asked lots of questions and asked for an offer, I was aware that it would be below market value but I was pleasantly surprised. I worked out that although I may have achieved a bit more on the open market, when you then take out the £6,000 estate agency fees and the £1,000 solicitor fees that you don’t have to pay with Quick Move Properties’ part exchange, it suddenly became a relatively small price to pay for all the time, stress and risk we saved.”
Peace of mind from the certainty gained was the main benefit of part exchange for the Kings. They knew exactly how much money they were going to get and on exactly which date, with no worrying about the sale falling through.

Quick Move Properties
Email. px@quickmoveproperties.co.uk
Parks team: +44 (0)1793 840907
Vendors team: +44 (0) 1793 840931
www.quickmoveproperties.co.uk

Nationwide Technical Upgrades

Having completed an ambitious programme of technical upgrades across its 51 UK venues, Illuminate Design now provide Bourne Leisure

Nationwide Technical Upgrades

Illuminate Design recently completed an ambitious programme of technical upgrades across Bourne Leisure’s 51 UK venues.
Illuminate Design worked very closely with Bourne Leisure’s technical manager to undertake all aspects of this two-year project.
Throughout the project, Illuminate Design responded positively adapting systems to maximise the experience for both Bourne Leisure’s entertainments team and Bourne Leisure guests.
Each step of the process has been handled to a very high standard, so holiday parks can be confident about using Illuminate Design’s services.
One of the first tasks was to audit all the existing equipment, from which they created an asset register listing the equipment’s condition, location and date of installation – a set of data that is continuously updated.
This ‘intelligent tracking’ proved vital to Bourne who often transfer equipment between venues.
In addition to full technical and safety checks, all the systems were optimised and new equipment was installed, including audio and lighting control systems.
Illuminate Design now provide the Group with ongoing technical support, in the form of regular system checks, backed by a technical helpline and a call-out service supported by a national network of technicians.

Illuminate Design
Tel. +44 (0)1206 709694
Email. info@illuminatedesign.co.uk
www.illuminatedesign.co.uk
 
 

Work Hard, Play Hard

 Work Hard, Play Hard

work hard

Butlins are continuously investing to make sure that their resorts are up to the standards that modern British families expect.

Celebrating its 78th birthday this year, Butlins has successfully stood the test of time and remains a firm favourite among families and holidaymakers looking for a break a little closer to home.

Owned by Bourne Leisure, Butlins welcome more than 1.6million guests to their three resorts each year, spread acrossthe season from February half term through to New Year’s Eve. Around half of the guests that visit each year are repeat visitors, illustrating a strongsense of brand loyalty. The company attributes its success to being a family inclusive resort, offering a huge variety of shows, entertainment, activities and dining and accommodation choices at affordable prices. Dermot King, managing director at Butlins reveals: “We know that the key to success is continuous investment into the resorts to make sure that we keep the standard that modern British holidaymakers expect.

Our aim is to provide holiday resorts where families can happily enjoy a holiday in a safe, secure and appealing environment. Families work hard to come away and we aim to give them a break from the daily routine of normal life and let them spend quality time together, whilst we take care of the hard work.”

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Holidaymakers Set Sail For Uk Getaways

holidaymakers set sail for uk getaways

Hoseasons have seen an increase in demand for UK boating holidays this year.

Holidaymakers Set Sail For UK Getaways

UK boating holidays have seen a surge in demand since the start of the year, according to self-catering accommodation specialists Hoseasons. The company has seen bookings across its boating portfolio increase by 26%, compared to the same period in 2013.

The Norfolk Broads tops the list of most popular boating destinations with sales getting off to a flying start with boatyards across the waterways up over 40% on last year. “It is encouraging to see holidaymakers already planning for 2014 and the possibility of yet another great British summer,” comments Simon Altham, managing director of Hoseasons. “Boats in particular often prove to be a popular choice following a hot summer the previous year, so we are hoping that the initial demand for a holiday on the water remains strong” he adds.

The positive start to the year is also reflected across the business with lodge and park holidays seeing strong demand, and sales with independent travel agents performing very well. Simon adds: “People still have fond memories of last year and a UK break is great value for money at a time where people are still watching their pennies and looking for a good deal. There are some fantastic boating locations, whatever the weather, and we know that come rain or shine the UK remains Britain’s favourite holiday destination.”

Hoburne Celebrates Gold Honours

Hoburne Celebrates Gold Honours

The Hoburne team celebrate winning gold at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence

Hoburne Celebrates Gold Honours

Hoburne Holiday Parks have scooped a gold tourism trophy in the prestigious Beautiful South Awards for Excellence.

Hoburne Bashley, on the boundary of the New Forest National Park, was named the top Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village of the Year at the awards ceremony hosted by Tourism South East in West Sussex.

Hoburne chairman, Rosie Kennar, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news and richly deserved by our superb Bashley team. This celebration marks the end of another successful year for Hoburne. We have enjoyed the most incredible summer; bookings have risen year-on-year again, we won the coveted UK Family Business of the Year award and earlier this month Hoburne Naish won the Hoseasons Diamond Award for the best family fun holiday park in the south of England.” This is the second year Hoburne has triumphed at the awards; Hoburne Naish in New Milton was awarded silver in 2012. Hoburne Bashley will now go on to compete in the VisitEngland awards next year.

Tourism South East chairman, Ken Robinson CBE, added: “It is great to see such excellence rewarded. The awards represent the culmination of hard work and dedication by the best tourism professionals, in our best tourism businesses, that have been recognised for providing such outstanding customer experiences. I look forward to seeing our winners go on to represent the South East on the national stage at the Visit England Awards for Excellence in 2014.”

Plans Approved For Major New Holiday Park

Plans Approved For Major New Holiday Park

The new Silverlake park will include up to 1,000 state-of-the-art holiday chalets, plus a country club & spa.

Plans Approved For Major New Holiday Park

Plans for a major new holiday park development have been given the go ahead by West Dorset District Council.

Up to 750 jobs are expected to be created, alongside hundreds of millions of pounds of construction investment, with the building of Silverlake on the site of the existing Warmwell Quarry near Crossways in Dorset.

Habitat First Group, which also owns award-winning and highquality sustainable holiday accommodation in the Cotswolds, is planning to build up to 1,000 holiday chalets and lodges, a country club and spa, while protecting hundreds of species of wildlife on the 560 acre site, as well as reinvigorating the local economy.

Will Vicary, managing director of Habitat First Group, commented: “We are pleased that the councillors have approved our request for outline planning permission. We are planning to create a truly unique concept for Dorset which boosts the economy, protects and manages the environment and benefits the local community with a long-term strategic plan for the quarry.”

A key component of the project is to protect and encourage wildlife at the site, with species surveys having been carried out to identify the key areas of ecological importance for breeding birds, reptiles, otters, water voles and bats for example.

As well as the development of the site itself, which is well concealed from its immediate surroundings, the plans include a focus on supporting the local tourist economy with the use of buses linking Silverlake with Moreton station, Dorchester, Weymouth, Poundbury and the coast, as well as the creation of cycling and foot paths so as to discourage car use. Will Vicary added: “We have been highly consistent in our vision and our approach of working closely with the local community.

Silverlake delivers nature conservation and landscape management at the highest level and firmly ties in with the key objectives in the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework and West Dorset District Council’s local planning strategy.” Silverlake is expected be a key economic driver for the future of the West Dorset economy, encouraging inward investment, local spending and further employment. The construction stage alone is predicted to generate £470 million over a 20 to 30 year period, of which over half would be spent with local businesses.

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Celebrate Holiday Park Success

The Darwin Group has chosen Jacuzzi Hot Tubs to premium rate its luxury lodge park offering.

The Darwin Group has chosen Jacuzzi Hot Tubs to premium rate its luxury lodge park offering.

Jacuzzi Hot Tubs Celebrate Holiday Park Success

The Darwin Group invests in a diversified portfolio of UK Holiday Parks, who look for the very best quality products and suppliers to ensure they receive excellent returns on their investments.
The Darwin Leisure Property Fund invested £8m to transform the Cheddar Woods Holiday Park in Cheddar, Somerset, from a predominantly camping site to a luxury lodge park with extensive leisure facilities.
With 60 lodges on the new development, Darwin placed an initial order for six Jacuzzi hot tubs for premium accommodation.
Thrilled with the quality and performance of the products, Darwin have since placed an order for a further 23 Jacuzzis for this particular site which were delivered in January.
They have also further requested 27 tubs for Woodside Beach Holiday Park, which is coming soon to the Isle of Wight, as well as 30 tubs for Piran Meadows in Cornwall.
“The Darwin Group is a forward thinking business that understands that hot tubs are an essential product to help increase occupancy of their lodges throughout the year,” comments Martyn Winstone, national sales manager for Jacuzzi Hot Tubs UK.
“They therefore chose the genuine Jacuzzi Brand to give them the edge against their competitors as well as gaining benefits of reliability and full product support, hence giving them peace of mind for years to come.”

 

Jacuzzi
Tel. +44 (0)1274 471889
Email. Martyn.winstone@jacuzziemea.com
www.jacuzzi.co.uk

Raising The Risk Management Bar

Raising the risk management bar

Dolphins River Park has been recognised for steps they have taken to reduce the risk of flood damage, including raised bases.

Raising The Risk Management Bar

Dorset-based Dolphins River Park has been awarded the 2014 Leisuredays Risk Management Award for its work in reducing flood risk.

The annual award commends leisure parks that demonstrate superb risk management and help to minimise potential claims. Situated in Bridport close to the River Char, Dolphins River Park was severely flooded in July 2012. The park has since undergone a topographic land survey and installed raised bases on many of its units.

Leisuredays Business Development Manager, Alan Dixon, who presented the award to Park Manager Terry Gilbert, said: “Dolphins River Park’s risk reduction success is undeniable. The park was devastated by the summer floods in 2012, which damaged multiple units. Now in 2014, thanks to its commitment to reducing risk and its ongoing investment, Dolphins River Park is the perfect example of how risk management can help protect parks from the threat of flood and adverse weather.”

Leisuredays flood consultant has worked closely with Dolphins Park to survey the land and monitor flood risk on the park. This, coupled with the success of raised bases, ensured that no units were damaged by flood in 2013 and early 2014. Commenting on the award, park manager Terry Gilbert said: “Knowing that other parks in the country have flooded - some worse than ours - it is an honour to receive the award in recognition of all our hard work. Risk management is important for the safety and wellbeing of caravan owners, and it helps to keep insurance premiums down."

Destructive Winter Storms

Destructive Winter Storms

Carmathen Bay Holiday Village in South Wales was battered by storm and flood. Pic: Rebecca Evans AM.

Destructive Winter Storms

With Wales and the South West hardest hit, holiday parks have been left counting the cost of the wettest winter since records began.

According to the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH & HPA), hundreds of its 2,000-plus park members suffered damage during the month-long onslaught from the weather. Few sites escaped completely unscathed from the violent storms in addition to sea and river flooding.

Among those affected, 70 static chalets were flooded at the Carmarthen Bay Holiday Village in South Wales, and 20 residents were rescued from Bablockhythe caravan site in Oxfordshire, following the River Thames bursting its banks in February.

However, thanks to the fast action taken by many holiday parks and their insurers following the destructive storms of winter, it’s likely to be business as usual for the majority of the industry this spring. “It is a credit to the prescience and resilience of the industry that preparations for the winter months protected so many park assets,” said a spokesperson for the BH & HPA said.

“Where there was damage, many were able to stage a very rapid recovery from the weather’s attack.” Repair and restoration work was often underway within days of parks being hit, helped by insurance loss adjusters who frequently attended within hours of receiving emergency calls.

The spokesperson added: “The total bill for putting the UK parks industry back together after the freak storms has not yet been assessed, but will certainly run to millions of pounds. However, the cost is unlikely to impact on what families will pay this year or in the future for their holidays, or for buying a holiday home.”