Common Misunderstanding On Commission
John Clement is regarded as one of the
leading authorities on the laws concerning park
The Government review of the Mobile Homes Act is scheduled for 2017 and is sure to be pivotal for all involved in the industry.
The review will look at the entire park homes industry with a stated intention to include input from national resident groups and industry trade bodies.
A key contentious issue will be the current commission on sales. “Park home owners continue to lobby hard to abolish or reduce the park owner’s 10 per cent commission on sales, which could have a serious financial impact on many park owners if implemented,” says John Clement, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Turbervilles Solicitors.
“The reduction in income would inevitably lead to many parks struggling financially, with some possibly even going under.”
“There is a common misunderstanding about the purpose of this commission, which many (mistakenly) consider to be similar to an estate agent’s commission.
“However, the commission actually helps to keep pitch fees low when compared with comparable rents – if the industry were to explain it as a ‘deferred pitch fee’, this might lead to a greater understanding and acceptance of the charge.”
Lodge Manufacturer Inspires Europe
Omar Group has been selected as one of 1,000
Companies to Inspire Europe by the London Stock Exchange.
Residential park home manufacturer Omar is celebrating three years of positive growth, after being named one of 1,000 companies to inspire Europe by the London Stock Exchange.
The group is one of only 150 British businesses to have received the honour.
Over the past six years Omar has more than trebled its sales, taking the group from a £10m business in 2010, to a business with turnover in excess of £30m in 2015. On top of that, Omar has created 220 new full-time jobs and taken on ten apprentices.
Omar Group CEO, Dean Westmoreland commented: “To be included in such a prestigious report is an enormous achievement and testimony to the hard work and dedication of the 350 plus strong team here at Omar.”
Collaborative Rooms With A Marina View
The Port Werburgh homes offer waterside living and stunning views. View from the Omar Ikon showhome.
Port Werburgh is an exclusive new residential development with views over Port Werburgh Marina and the River Medway in Kent. The development is particularly interesting as it demonstrates a unique collaboration between the park owners and the Omar Group.
Since the project’s sales launch in February 2016, to May 2016, ten of the planned 60 luxury two to four bedroom homes have already been reserved with an average cost of £250,000 (turnkey price). With central London just 33 miles away and a stunning marina location, the development is particularly attractive to its intended over 50s market and the number of plots reserved has already outstripped sales targets.
Working closely with the owners, Omar Park Development Services (OPDS) has advised on the site development phase, planning, site infrastructure, the overall park layout and the appointment of contractors. Through an exclusivity agreement, Omar Group will also supply all 60 homes, as well as marketing and helping to sell them.
Richard Sigsworth, Special Projects Director of OPDS describes the working project as a ‘win, win situation all round’ for both parties. “Due to time pressures from other business commitments, the owners called upon the expert advice and services of OPDS to advise on the planning and development of this all-new park home development,” he said.
The new Explorer Glamping site at Chessington World of Adventures Resort opened in June.
Chessington World of Adventures has dipped in to the glamping market with the launch of its brand new Explorer Glamping site.
Situated next to the Wild Asia section, the camp consists of 31 bespoke kaki Bell tents and four safari-style Amboseli tents, all supplied by glamping equipment specialists Boldscan.
The new glamping site at Chessington follows the success of a similar site at Warwick Castle by owners Merlin Entertainment, which opened last season.
The Explorer tents at Chessington come fitted with wooden flooring and electricity, a double bed and two singles as standard. The four premium tents have a king-size bed and a separate second sleeping area with three single beds and additional living space.
A hot buffet breakfast at the Explorer Outpost restaurant is included in the stay and Fastrack passes for the theme park are also included in the package.
A New Level For Haven
Deck Houses have been introduced at Haven’s Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk.
Haven has expanded its accommodation portfolio with the introduction of brand new Deck Houses exclusive to Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park in Norfolk.
The contemporary Deck Houses are available on the first or second floor and include a large open plan living space and adjoining family dining area. Guests can stay entertained with a 40” flat screen HD TV with DVD and Bluetooth speaker in the lounge, and enjoy the sun on the balcony or patio area.
Gareth Brown, General Manager at Caister-on-Sea Holiday Park said: “Our new Deck Houses are taking accommodation at Caister-on-Sea to the next level. The sheer size and quality of these units is fantastic.
“We’re immensely proud to be Britain’s oldest holiday park and the Deck Houses are the latest exciting chapter in our wonderful history,” he added.
Golfer’s Seal Of Approval
Searles Leisure Resort in Norfolk is celebrating its GolfMark award
Searles Leisure Resort in Hunstanton, Norfolk is the first in the county to be honoured with the new GolfMark accolade.
The GolfMark seal of approval was awarded by England Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in England and celebrates Searles’ success in helping to encourage participation in the game by making it accessible and affordable to players of all ages and abilities.
Golf is just one of the many activities offered at Searles, in fact the park is buzzing with more all-action pursuits than at any other time in its 50-plus year history.
“Many families today go on holiday to enjoy new experiences and we’ve responded to this by making have-a-go activities a big part of what we offer,” says Managing Director Paul Searle.
“Over the past five years, we’ve invested more than £5 million in Searles, and a substantial chunk of this has been dedicated to enhancing and growing our leisure facilities.”
All-Star Cumbria Park
Johnny Vegas takes a break from filming in the
company of holiday park owners Barbara and Philip Carr.
Comedian Johnny Vegas has been trying his hand at holiday home living on a Cumbrian park as part of a new BBC comedy show.
The actor was at Skiddaw View Holiday Park, leading the cast in Home from Home, the pilot of which will be shown this summer.
The plot revolves around a family man, played by Johnny, who has long cherished the dream of buying a lodge in the Lake District – and finally achieves his ambition.
Featuring alongside Johnny Vegas will be Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page, along with Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox.
Park owners, Philip and Barbara Carr said they greatly enjoyed playing host to Johnny Vegas and the cast during the filming which was based around two of the lodges on the park.
Growth Gains At Trevella
St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double praised Trevella Park for its continued growth.
Trevella Park in Newquay has been praised for its contribution to the local economy, following its year on year growth.
In the last five years the park has doubled its number of permanent team members to 20 and brought in extra 35 seasonal employees to help cater for a big increase in holiday bookings.
St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double recently visited the park and was shown the latest accommodation development, which will add more than 30 luxury caravans to the site and bring new holidaymakers throughout the year.
Steve Double commented: “With tourism such an incredibly important part of the economy here in Mid-Cornwall, I will always support hard-working local holiday parks who invest so much into the area, which in turn encourages more people to visit and spend their money across the constituency.”
Rob Lomas, General Manager for Trevella Park added: “We are delighted to receive the support of our local MP. The park has seen tremendous growth over the past five years and this increase in holidaymakers and holiday home owners is greatly beneficial for all sorts of local businesses.”
Conference Success For NCC
The 2016 NCC Conference attracted delegates from across the country.
More than 200 delegates from the UK’s caravan industry attended the National Caravan Council (NCC) Conference 2016.
This year’s line-up of guest speakers included Nick King, Insight Director at Autotrader; Carl Castledine, CEO at Away Resorts; Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing at The Caravan Club and Alex Marshall of Management Consultants CIL.
Hot topics included adjusting caravan products for Millennials and developing new ways of promotion. There were also insights into how technology is changing the world, the state of the UK and worldwide economy and how positive thinking can influence business in a positive manner.
Rounding off the successful event was Kevin Keegan OBE, who gave an after dinner speech and helped to raise £2,440 for the NCC Benevolent Fund charity.
John Lally, NCC Director General, said: “From start to finish our speaker line-up was excellent this year, delivering fresh insights and new perspectives while stimulating plenty of debate in the process.
“Getting together as an industry is really important. Following a successful 12 months for many, it remains vital our industry continues to innovate and attract new entrants to the market, to improve its customer service and product quality and embrace self-regulation.”
Private Park Welcomes Holiday Hires
Holidaymakers are now welcome at Cosgrove Park in Milton Keynes.
Cosgrove Park in Milton Keynes has broadened its market appeal, after opening its doors to holidaymakers, as well as holiday home owners.
The 180 acre park has always been an exclusive holiday park for private owners, but is now taking bookings for customers that haven’t got their own holiday home.
A spokesperson for Cosgrove Park explains: “After a lot of enquiries from the public, we made a decision to trial two holiday homes for hire on a weekly basis. We made this decision so that potentially we could attract new people to the market, who have never stayed in a holiday home before.”
Holiday lets will start at £500 for low season and £700 for high season.