Combining fashion and function, at a touch of a button, outdoor fires allow guests to extend the holiday season and make the most of their evenings. Ivy Living offer a range of outdoor fi res including the Table, the Large, the Inclusive and the Compact for hospitality and lodges. They are suitable for roofed or partially enclosed areas to create a magical social experience without sparks, fumes, smoke, or ash, just warmth and atmosphere.Easy to clean and resistant to sun, rain and frost, all Ivy Living units are completely self-contained with their own propane gas cylinder, or can be linked into a stored propane system.
Tel. 0844 800 2214
With the new Energy Controls App, users of the company’s SMART Pre-pay meters can make energy payments from their smartphone, tablet or PC. This dramatically reduces admin and eliminates the need for cash handling for landlords whilst providing a safe, simple and secure way for consumers to purchase electricity credits anytime and from anywhere. Energy Controls is the UK’s leading supplier of SMART meters and Pre-payment metering systems. Having been a market leader for over 25 years they are the UK’s exclusive distributor for the world’s largest meter manufacturer, Landis and Gyr. For more details contact the team today or visit the Energy Controls website.
Tel. 03452 304 535
Recent investment in IT systems, personnel and staff training means that Compass is better equipped than ever to exceed our clients’ expectations. We feel bigger, we feel stronger and we’re raring to go! Plans to improve both the products and services we provide in 2018 are well advanced and we’re anticipating exciting growth and change. Watch this space! In the meantime, our multi-skilled, long-experienced team will continue to offer our clients specialist park business cover and 24/7/365 emergency support. We’ll also continue to offer free, no-obligation insurance health checks to those that might be seeking an alternative provider.
Tel: 01452 511430
Years of experience working in the holiday and leisure sector means that we can help you to transform underutilised areas to create the perfect communal space within your Holiday Park. We understand the importance of creating great outdoor socialising and dining opportunities for your clients, regardless of what the British weather is doing. Our canopies provide rain and sunshine protection, making the communal space truly functional all year round. We conduct FREE site surveys, design and build a canopy for your space, providing a seamless service from start to finish. All our structures are guaranteed for 25 years, giving complete peace of mind. If you would like to create the perfect outdoor communal space, get in touch today.
Tel. 01243 55 44 55
Property Part Exchange
Quickmove Properties is the UK’s largest property part exchange company. They work with leisure parks across the UK to offer a professional property part exchange service for customers looking to secure a holiday home, without the hassle of selling an existing second home on the open market. Property part exchange takes away the anxieties and uncertainties of the transaction, turning a holiday home browser into a ready to proceed cashbuyer. Quickmove Properties also provide a ‘Stock Support’ service to UK park operators and have a range of units ready for siting that can bring forward completion by several weeks.
Tel. 0800 328 2168
Bunn Leisure Entertainment Investment
Award-winning holiday park operator, Bunn Leisure, is continuing to invest heavily in a new state-of the-art entertainment complex and a purpose-built main reception and head office facility. The 300-acre holiday park on the stunning Selsey Peninsula is split into four villages and is mid-way through an ambitious £16m refurbishment programme replacing the 60-year-old White Horse entertainment complex.
“The White Horse was a much-loved feature at Bunn Leisure, but some parts date back to 1959 when the park was created,” Managing Director John Bunn said. “The new complex will be a very modern 21st century entertainment venue – much larger and with fantastic new facilities for our parks. With Bunn Leisure’s entertainment budget at around £2million each year, the new club will be able to welcome twice as many guests, and is expected to quadruple turnover.
“We continue to re-invest heavily in our facilities and Parks which clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment as an innovative leader in the UK family holiday sector,” adds John. “The money we are investing into these latest improvements takes the total reinvestment value in the parks over the last 20 years to £75m.” Bunn Leisure’s new head office and visitor reception is now complete, and staff are currently relocating in stages to their new offices. Bunn Leisure employs 350 full-time and a further 350 seasonal staff, and welcomes more than 100,000 holidaymakers every year. It generates more than £60m for the local economy and the new developments will create future employment opportunities for the region.
Would-Be Owners Can Try Before They Buy
A Shropshire Holiday Park site has started its expansion project following increased demand from staycationers and is offering a new ‘try before you buy’ scheme for potential customers. The scheme allows customer who decide to buy a holiday home or luxury lodge on the park following a two-night stay, to have the cost deducted from the purchase price.
25 pitches are being created a Bow House Country Park, near Bishops Castle, which already has 62 caravans and 15 luxury lodges. 14 new pitches are being created in the first phase of the expansion with the picturesque caravan holiday home park in the South Shropshire Hills already popular with guests who live within two hours travelling distance of Bishops Castle.
Three of the new pitches have already been reserved and 15 holiday homes and lodges had been sold in the past 12 months. Many of the sales were secured from buyers who had been tempted to stop at the park whilst driving past. “Bow House Country Park is a wonderful place to get away from the stresses and strains of modern living, an idyllic, secluded location for a holiday retreat.
“We appreciate that buying a holiday home is a big deal and we want to ensure that customers make the right decision,” said Edward Goddard, managing director of Morris Leisure. “That’s why we offer them the opportunity to experience holiday home ownership at Bow House Country Park before they invest their hard-earned money.”
Sub-Let Owner Pay Outs
People who turn their holiday homes into cash generators during the school summer holidays are now scooping pay-outs of more than £5,500 each, according to research undertaken by Park Holidays UK.
The group says that many owners let go of just six weeks in July and August to maximise income, and then enjoy well over 40 weeks of their own exclusive use. But such people aren’t necessarily missing out on a summer break, says Park Holidays UK, because what they earn can more than cover the cost of a holiday abroad.
Others simply prefer to make use of their holiday homes outside the main summer season, and to leave the busier weeks to fun-loving families and children.
Training Park Leaders Of The Future
Shorefield Holiday Park has launched an innovative academy training scheme aiming to recognise outstanding staff and develop the tourism and leisure ‘leaders of the future’. The academy, which celebrates the company’s 60th anniversary in 2018, will be known as the Dr Pollock Academy in honour of the company’s founder, and is leading the way in the tourism industry by providing training and recognition to nominated staff. HR manager Sue Lilley said the academy had been set up to recognise and nurture outstanding employees, and emphasise the company’s dedication to its staff. The inaugural members of the academy were nominated by their park managers and peers. “We wanted to set up this new initiative to reward our talented staff members with an ongoing training programme that will enable them to progress as far as they can within the business,” Sue said.
Wish You Were Here...
Picture postcards from Tretham Mill Touring Park in St Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall…
The award-winning Trethem Mill Touring Park is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the stunning Roseland Peninsula on the south coast of Cornwall.
Set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds it provides 84 individually hedged pitches. The park caters for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents with a choice of fully serviced, all-weather and grass pitches. Trethem Mill is owned by Ian and Jane Akeroyd, their son Jake and Ian’s father Derek.
This year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary at Trethem Mill, having moved to the Park in 1992. The family are all involved in the running of the park along with Theo Forman who has joined the team full-time.
Over the years, the family have invested much time and money into transforming the park from an open field with basic facilities into a multi-award winning five-star park. “We are very proud of our park and what we have created as a family,” explains Jane.
“Providing a warm welcome and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere in which people can enjoy their stays has always been high on our list of priorities.” Amenities include a laundrette, licensed shop, WiFi, children’s playground, disabled facilities, individual shower rooms, dog walk and nature field, a pick your own herb garden and a games room with amusements.
Tretham Mill Touring Park
Tel. 01872 580504