WIN a Y-cam "Protect" Range Bundle

WIN a Y-cam "Protect" Range Bundle

Earlier this year Bark.com spoke to a few reformed burglars to find out what really puts them off breaking into properties. Not surprisingly leaving the light on in a prominent position had very little effect! Fake alarm boxes also do little to put off even the most opportunistic thief. However, the combination of motion activated sensors and cameras combined with connected alarms and sirens is still the most effective deterrent. 

CampManager makes it easy for parks to keep their customer database GDPR compliant

CampManager

CampManager is a Park Management and Online Booking system that helps over 350 caravan parks, campsites and holiday parks in the UK & Ireland to generate more bookings and to simplify their park management. With the upcoming GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018, CampManager have been making amendments to their system that will help their customers comply with the new data legislation.

North East manufacturing component supplier given top rating by Swift Caravans

Supply Technologies

Supply Technologies, one of the UK’s leading supply chain management specialists, has been given the top supplier rating by a national caravan manufacturer.

The Sunderland branch of Supply Technologies, owned by American company ParkOhio, has received the A Rated accreditation for its commitment to the working partnership.

The Swift Group, the UK’s market leading manufacturer and supplier of touring caravans, motorhomes and luxury holiday homes, introduced its supplier awards to recognise the excellence and dedication of its supply network. The programme is built around key performance indicators which are continuously monitored and recorded.

Holiday park owners urged to check meters to keep on the right side of the law

Energy Controls Group give advice

Holiday Park owners across the UK are being urged to check the meters they use to resell energy are legal after concerns that updated legislation may put them outside of the law say Energy Controls Group.

It’s feared many landlords may have unwittingly bought meters which do not comply with the latest rules; the result could mean fines or legal action. Landlords and park owners are now being urged to examine their paperwork and if necessary go back to the meter seller to get the correct documents.

The warning comes from the Energy Controls Group. The company has been working closely with and supplying meters to holiday park owners for the past thirty years.

First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from Pitchup.com

First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from Pitchup.com

With the promise of ‘very warm’ summer weather for parts of the UK* and holiday budgets being stretched, some Brits may be considering taking their first-ever camping or glamping break. Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com helps make choosing and booking the right site hassle-free with a new guide to first-time camping.

As well as providing access to more than 3,000 camping sites in 45 countries, Pitchup.com publishes handy tips for campers including a handy guide explaining the differences between sites such as tents, touring and static caravans, through to how to set up a tent.

Judges declare family's park a beacon in the Beacons

Erwlon Caravan holiday park

There were congratulations all round this summer for the family owners of Erwlon Caravan holiday park when it was named as the outright winner of a top tourism prize.

Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park in Llandovery scooped the gold accolade for caravan, camping and glamping parks in the Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards.

Based in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, the five-star park was one of hundreds of businesses competing in the prestigious awards, held every two years.

Stepping up to receive their honour at the finalists' ceremony were members of the Rees family whose farm-based park has been welcoming holiday guests for over 50 years.

Cumbria holiday park where the guests are also dinner

Silverdale employee sat next to a mini-beast mansion

It's perfectly fine to eat the guests at a group of south Cumbria holiday parks, Silverdale Holiday Park, this summer – as long as those tucking in have wings, and the guests have six or eight legs.

The Holgates group has opened up a network of mini-beast mansions across its six top-rated parks, all designed to welcome beneficial insects for a comfortable stay.

But whilst guests such as moths, beetles, spiders and centipedes won't be presented with a bill, there could be a higher price for them to pay.

That's because the parks are keen to ensure that their large bird populations have plenty of food to eat – especially those with diets which include creepy-crawlies.

Artist Melissa draws charity donations at park exhibition

South Cumbria artist Melissa Elizabeth used her talents to help benefit two local animal charities at Silverdale Holiday Park this summer

South Cumbria artist Melissa Elizabeth used her talents to help benefit two local animal charities at Silverdale Holiday Park this summer.
 
An exhibition of Melissa's acclaimed pet and wildlife studies was hosted by the park as part of a major regional creative festival featuring 90 Lakeland artists.
 
As well as admiring her coloured pencil drawings, visitors were able to buy prints of a red squirrel which she recently completed, and to take part in a raffle for a pet portrait.
 

Caravan industry and park legal expert from Blacks Solicitors LLP

David Ward discusses how to recognise good service, motivate and reward staff at a park.

David Ward, a caravan industry legal expert at Blacks Solicitors LLP, discusses how to recognise good service, motivate and reward staff at a park.

“Being well organised, legally compliant and incentivising staff at your park will lead to a productive and loyal work force. There are a number of ways a park operator can ensure employees are happy and enjoying their work.”

Organised chaos

Group grows park portfolio with Mid Wales acquisition

Group grows park portfolio with Mid Wales acquisition

North Wales based holiday parks group Thornley Leisure Parks has announced its acquisition of Brightwater Lakes in Mid Wales, one of the region's most highly regarded holiday retreats.

The deal was signed in late June this year, and brings to nine the number of parks now in the group.

Situated on the picturesque Powys-Shropshire border and set over 30-acres of grounds, Brightwater Lakes boasts magnificent valley and country views.  

The park facilities include two fully stocked fishing lakes, and an indoor swimming pool. 

Brightwater Lakes provides over 150 plots on the park, including around 50 holiday chalets and 100 privately-owned caravan holiday homes.