Milestone For Family Insurance Firm

Milestone For Family Insurance Firm

InsuranceA leading leisure insurance provider, Caravan Guard, incorporating static caravan insurance specialist Leisuredays, is celebrating insuring more than 90,000 customer at over 900 UK Holiday Parks.

The milestone was reached as the Halifax-based company celebrated being shortlisted for a trio of national insurance awards. “This is down to our fantastic team of positive people who are all committed to delivering exceptional customer service,” explains Ryan Wilby, Caravan Guard’s Managing Director, “Plus our great value insurance policies, which are amongst the most comprehensive on the market.”

So far this year, Caravan Guard and Leisuredays have reached the finals of the prestigious British Insurance Awards, and earlier this month they were shortlisted in three categories at the forthcoming UK Broker Awards.

Ryan added: “We’re absolutely thrilled and proud to have more than 90,000 caravan, motorhome, holiday caravan and park home customers on cover. As we continue to deliver brilliant customer experiences and grow our workforce we have our sights firmly set on insuring 100,000 customers in the coming years.”

Caravan Guard was established in 1995 by Ryan’s father Peter Wilby and along with Leisuredays has remained a family–run business and one of the leading insurance providers for static caravans, touring caravans, motorhomes and park homes. Their static caravan insurance policy is also independently rated as five-star by financial researcher Defaqto.

Sibling Support

Sibling Support

LamalechResidents at Lamalech Park Estate have helped raise over £800 for Macmillan Cancer Support. They backed the owners of the park, Ruth Ross and Paul Lancaster, as they decided to tackle a gruelling 26-mile charity trek through the Lake District.

The journey took the brother and sister duo 11 hours, all of which off-road, but upon reaching their destination in Ambleside, they knew they had reached their goal with the help of donations from the residents’ social club and from individual owners of the 120 homes on the estate. Fundraising activities for good causes are an important part of social life at Lamaleach explains Ruth. “Having received such amazing support from so many kind-hearted people, we knew there was no way we could go back having thrown in the towel,” she added.

Lamalech Park Estate have also won a Gold Award from North West in Bloom, and Ruth says that residents also play a big part in helping to create a real community atmosphere on the park. Ruth and Paul’s Lake District trek was organised by Macmillan Cancer Support, one of Britain’s largest charities which is dedicated to assisting people affected by the disease.

Quick Service For UK Parks

Quick Service For UK Parks

Quick Move Properties has teamed up with some of the biggest leisure home manufacturers to offer a turn-key solution for independent leisureQMP park operators. Their Stock Support service is designed to shorten the timescales usually associated with lodge purchases, speeding up the process to bring forward completion dates and aid cash flow.

The service is available for no charge to any UK leisure park operator when their customer uses Quick Move Properties’ house buying services to help fund their holiday property purchase. The units on offer are ordered from manufacturers such as Prestige, Homeseeker and Pathfinder.

Top Scoring Shropshire Parks

Top Scoring Shropshire Parks

MorrisFive touring caravan parks owned by Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure based have all achieved a Certificate of Excellence from the traveller review website TripAdvisor.

Stanmore Hall Touring Park at Bridgnorth, Ludlow Touring Park in Ludlow, Oxon Hall Touring Park in Shrewsbury, Riverside Touring Park in Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis Touring Park in Llanberis have all been recognised by TripAdvisor after receiving consistently great reviews from caravanners and motorhome owners over the past year.

Rural Business Award Celebrations

Rural Business Award Celebrations

The best of the country’s rural tourism sector – from fully disabled-accessible cottages to the best in-farm visitor education – have been rewarded by being named finalists for Best Rural Tourism Business in the Rural Business Awards (RBAs) 2017. The awards, run in partnership with the CLA and Amazon, are the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses. Now in their RBAthird year and with nearly three times as many entries as in 2016, they are split into 13 sections across the industry. The five finalists for Best Rural Tourism Business:

• Hoe Grange Holidays, based in Matlock, Derbyshire

• Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village, based in Billericay, Essex

• The Rookery, based in Roughlee, Lancashire

• Ceridwen Centre Ltd, based in Llandysul, Carmarthenshire

• Humble Bee Leisure, based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

MP Speaks Out On Commission Fees

MP Speaks Out On Commission Fees

MPPark home operators across the Vale of Glamorgan are being urged to participate in a consultation on the commission rate paid on the sale of homes. The Welsh Government is consulting on whether there should be moves to halt the ten per cent commission rate paid. Speaking on a visit to Ham Manor Park in Llantwit Major, Andrew RT Davies AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives, explained it was vital everyone had the opportunity to have their say and urged park residents and park owners to get involved.

“It was great to visit Ham Manor Park and have the opportunity to speak with residents of the site,” said Mr Davies. “It was really beneficial to meet some people who love their community and enjoy park living,” he added. “Among those is the Welsh Government’s latest consultation on the park homes commission rate and I’d urge all park home residents and park owners to participate and make their views known.”

Funds For Aprons

FundsFunds For Aprons

A 60-acre park that boasts 300 retirement home has helped raise £800 for an ‘outstanding’ local school. Tracey Coulson, a director of family-run Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire, was inspired to help out the ‘outstanding’ rated school after her 12-year-old son Freddie enrolled at the Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough She then learned from Freddie that pupils were being advised to bring their own aprons into art classes as the school’s old and patched-up aprons were no longer up to the job. “That’s when I decided that this is a problem we could do something about,” said Tracey.

“I told the rest of my family who run our business about the dilemma, and they were unanimous in agreeing that we should help the school have one less headache.” The funds raised have been invested in 90 new aprons. Tracey said the donation was simply continuing a long history of supporting good causes which was started by her father, John Kinch, when he established The Elms 35 years ago.

Making A Difference

Home Operator 1Making A Difference

Countrywide Park Homes Owner and Chairman, Anthony Barney set up the James Barney Foundation following a tragic accident that resulted in the loss of his 16-year-old son. Anthony vowed to donate a percentage of the business profits towards children’s charities.

Business is booming for Countrywide Park Home and impressive recent growth means donations towards the charity keep on rising. In fact, with over 25 years of experience Countrywide Park Homes have been able to expand from their origins in Melton Mowbray to cover residential sites nationwide. Since establishing itself as one of the providers of prestige living, Nottingham-based Countrywide has built an extensive and exclusive portfolio covering nine counties, with park homes for sale under hassle-free easy purchase schemes, including part exchanHome Operator 2ge deals.

The company boasts a portfolio of over 1,000 occupied lodges across their 13 residential and luxury lodge parks.  Head of Sales at Countrywide Park Homes, Patrick Chambers comments: “Our main aim is to provide park living in beautiful surroundings so that homeowners are able to live with likeminded people among safe and secure ‘gated’ communities, ensuring stress-free living.

“Our main focus is in offering residential, low cost, low maintenance homes. As well as this, we do also rent leisure lodges to visitors and holidaymakers at some of our sites.” Having grown from the company’s original Midlands roots, Countryside now reaches across Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

Wish You Were Here – Highlands End Holiday Park

WYWHWish You Were Here - Highlands End Holiday Park

For TV drama fans, Highlands End Holiday Park is spectacularly located on the clifftop overlooking West Bay, the setting of ITV’s Broadchurch.

The lodges and some of the touring caravans and motorhome pitches on the park have views out over Broadchurch while some of the other caravans, and camping pitches overlook the ‘Broadchurch Hut’ and Eype Beach. Part of West Dorset Leisure Holidays, a family run group, Highlands End Holiday Park is located on the clifftop near West Bay in Dorset and enjoys panoramic views across 99 miles of World Heritage Jurassic Coastline.

Highlands End has been providing memorable holidays for families, friends and couples for decades and todays accommodation includes luxury lodges, glamping pods, caravan holiday homes, apartments, bungalows and pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents – many of which enjoy fantastic views over the surrounding coast and countryside. The park is particularly popular with star gazers and dog owners, who enjoy the clear night skies and mile after mile of footpath to explore.

The Park has a newly refurbished bar and restaurant with one of the largest and most important private collections of fire service memorabilia in the country. The collection has been built up over three decades by Martin Cox, a member of the family who have owned Highlands End – and its four sister parks – for 45 years.

As well as ‘Martin’s Bar & Restaurant,’ the parks highly-praised facilities include a Leisure Club which incorporates a pool, sauna and steam room, a shop specialising in fresh Dorset produce and a pitch and putt course that is great for the whole family.

Highlands End Holiday Park
Tel. 01308 422 139
www.highlandsendholidaypark.co.uk

Holiday Show Season Round Up

Holiday Show Season Round Up

As summer draws to a close, the Holiday Park industry enters its busy show season with a series of exhibitions and trade seminars. Shows cover all aspects of park life from accommodation to outdoor essentials and from hot tubs and swimming pools to catering equipment. With so many dates to pencil into your diaries we bring you a shortlist of the biggest industry shows coming up this autumn and what you can expect from each one…

The Caravan ExtravagaLawnsnza (The Lawns)
Sept 5th – 7th from 10am
The Lawns, Harland Way, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5SQ

September sees the 42nd annual HERCMA (the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Caravan Manufacturers’ Association) Caravan Trade Show in Cottingham, near Hull. Major manufacturers will be unveiling their 2018 models to park owners, dealers and distributors from across the UK and to international visitors from other countries. There will be more than 150 holiday homes, lodges and park homes and over 130 touring caravans on display along with many other supplies and service stands.

The trade show is preceded by The Caravan Extravaganza where there is a fun and friendly atmosphere, where parks and dealers and accessory stalls along with bands and other entertainment are present. www.hercmatradeshows.com

 

BodyPower Fitness Trade Show 2017
Sept 12th and 13th from 9am
NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT BPower

BodyPower Fitness Trade Show is the new name for Leisure Industry Week, the trade event that has dominated the UK’s leisure landscape as a calendar staple for the past three decades. The focus of the event is to explore the fitness and leisure industries. BodyPower Fitness Trade Show promise over 100 innovative brands, in the wet and dry sectors, including pools, spas, saunas and gyms. Offering fitness solutions to various markets, including holiday parks, means BodyPower will provide the options for the perfect addition to your resort. BodyPower Fitness Trade Show will offer the opportunity to network with the leading industry experts and explore the one stop shop of leisure needs to upgrade your resort. www.bodypower.com

 

LandscapeThe Landscape Show 2017
Sept 19th and 20th from 10am
Evolution Centre, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

The award winning, multi-media supported industry trade show, Landscape, returns to Battersea Park for two days. The Landscape Show promotes the latest products, technologies and innovations to the very best Garden Designers, Landscape Architects, Contractors, Groundsmen, Facilities Managers and Local Authority Landscaping Professionals from across the UK and beyond.

The show is supported by over 40 different media titles and trade associations. Landscape also hosts a free to attend, industry leading seminar programme which addresses a diverse range of topics integral to the industry. Topics being discussed this year include: ‘How Green Infrastructure Can Change the Horticulture Industry’, Choosing or Commissioning Relevant Artwork for Exterior Spaces, ‘Successful Small Spaces’ and ‘What Happened Next? Successful Aftercare for Great Garden Designs’. These sessions will be led by speakers from all backgrounds and career paths. www.landscapeshow.co.uk

Holiday Caravan (Beaulieu) 2017
Sept 21st from 10am
Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZNBealieu

HERCMA’s Southern Trade Show takes place at Beaulieu and is set in the grounds of the National Motor Museum in the New Forest. More manufacturers will be exhibiting their brand new models although there are no tourers at Beaulieu. Following the trade day there are three days where the public are invited to see the new seasons’ models and meet representatives from parks and dealers in the hope of purchasing their next holiday home or lodge. The venues are outdoor events and sensible footwear is a must as ground conditions are greatly affected by the weather.  www.hercmatradeshows.com

SaltexSALTEX 2017
Nov 1st and 2nd from 9am
NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Last year’s SALTEX (Sports, Amenities, Landscaping Trade Exhibition) was an unprecedented success with 292 exhibitors and 8,754 unique visitors spanning 45 different nations. Building on that success, SALTEX 2017’s improved show features and unrivalled industry support are set to work together to create the most exciting holiday park industries event to date when the doors open at the NEC. With three large halls containing many of the major players from across the industry, SALTEX 2017 is the ideal place to see products and services which could improve the daily operations of holiday parks. Visitors can also expect to see new products being unveiled, new unique services and some exciting guest appearances on the exhibitor stands. www.iogsaltex.com

Holiday Park and Resort Innovation
November 8th and 9th from 10am HPI
NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT

Holiday Park & Resort Innovation is an unparalleled opportunity for holiday and leisure entrepreneurs to make the most of their resorts, holiday parks and attractions by delivering first-hand the very best in advice, products and services. Combining world class experts, face-to-face advice, 150 inspirational seminars, 350 leading suppliers, workshops, unrivalled networking and live features all under one roof - these two days are truly unmissable for anyone in this sector.

2017 also sees the launch of the Family Attraction Expo running directly alongside, designed as a one-stop-marketplace for an owner or manager of a visitor attraction or tourism enterprise this vibrant and diverse event will open a host of opportunities to visitors this November. Running alongside again is the Farm Business Innovation Show which took home ‘Best Trade Show of the Year’ at the 2016 UK’s EN Awards. www.holidayparkshow.co.uk

SpatexSPATEX 2017
Jan 30th – Feb 1st 2018 from 9.30am
Ericcson Exhibition Hall, The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE

SPATEX, the UK’s only dedicated water leisure exhibition and designed with the holiday park sector in mind. The show attracts well over a hundred big name manufacturers and suppliers from the UK and abroad, and showcases the very latest in swimming pools, enclosures, wet and dry safety flooring, saunas, spas, steam rooms, water features and everything under the wet leisure umbrella. Discover new ways of saving time, money and energy and see for yourself the very
latest models for 2018. SPATEX also hosts an impressive double seminar programme, topics such as effective commercial spa operation, how to prevent Legionnaires’ disease and cryptosporidium and the latest guidance on health and safety. Certificates of attendance and CPD points are available for all attendees. www.spatex.co.uk