Celebrating 50 Years of Caravan Industry & Park Operator Magazine!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator - a vintage caravan

We're celebrating a golden anniversary this year, 50 years after the first Caravan Industry & Park Operator magazine was published!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator is the independent caravan trade magazine for products and services, including park utilities, insurance, transport, park and site news, consultancy, events, security, legal advice and safety. In print since 1968, it's the oldest and most trusted industry magazine and has stood the test of time.

Taking root: Lakeland park's new recruits in red crusade

Scots pine trees at Lakeland park

An army of Scots pine trees is being raised at an Ambleside holiday park to help defend Cumbria's threatened red squirrel population.

The battle lines are being drawn in the 130-acres grounds of Skelwith Fold caravan park which in recent years has recorded a growth in the number of reds.

Now the family-run business is bidding to secure their future with a two-prong tree attack.

The scores of Scots pines being planted will produce seeds which are much loved by red squirrels – and provide habitats for pine martens, the deadly enemy of grey squirrels.

Henry Wild, whose family has owned the park for more than 20 years, says the trees will help hasten the spread of pine martens from Scotland to Cumbria:

Padstow park rolls out new weapon in war on plastic

Padstow park's new weapon in war on plastic - Mother Ivey's Beach Cleaner

Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park in Padstow has stepped up its fight to keep local beaches clean by investing in special equipment which can rid the sand of micro plastic.

Called a trommel, the machine sieves the sand to separate out "nurdles", the small plastic pellets produced in their billions each year during the manufacture of plastic products.

The anti-pollution device, which is operated manually, has been designed and manufactured by Nurdle, a not-for-profit business based in North Devon.

Staff at Mother Ivey's Bay carry out regular beach clean-ups throughout the year, and team leader Anna Wilsher says the trommel will make a huge difference:

Park homes by Willerby please the crowds at World of Park and Leisure

Willerby park home – the Hazlewood interior

Park Homes by Willerby took not one but three models to The World of Park and Leisure Homes Show in Ardingly, West Sussex.

The Hazlewood, Charnwood and Delamere have each been designed as a result of extensive research into the park home sector, both from a consumer and park owner point of view, and for the first time this year, customers are able to explore all three models together.

The Hazlewood is the most affordable option in Willerby’s launch collection, yet the attention to detail is exceptional. It’s a great choice for those seeking a stylish and low-maintenance solution to modern day living.

Uniforms - They Can Make Or Break A Business

Two baristas wearing their uniforms
By Debra Stuart, Managing Director, Expertees

Branded workwear is becoming increasingly popular, as businesses large and small begin to recognise the importance of having a strong customer facing brand. From basic branded t-shirts through to embroidered hats, bags and ties. Being appropriately dressed for the workplace is becoming more important than ever across all manner of industries and never more so important in the hospitality sector.

MP meets Hornsea family making waves in local tourism

MP Graham Stuart meeting staff at Hornsea park to improve local tourism

MP Graham Stuart swapped Parliament for a Hornsea holiday park this week (Friday 05 April) to help celebrate English Tourism Week in his constituency.

Mr Stuart was at Longbeach Leisure Park during the annual event to highlight England’s tourism sector, and the huge annual contribution it makes to the UK economy.

The Beverley and Holderness MP met with directors Martin Varley who founded the cliff-top seaside park almost thirty years ago, and his daughter Laura Firth.

Today, still under the same family’s ownership, it provides 450-plus privately-owned holiday caravans and lodges which enjoy sweeping coastal and countryside views.

Tempheat - The solution to that broken boiler problem

Tempheat - The solution to that broken boiler problem

Wherever you go away, you may forget the other half and you may even forget the kids, but definitely don’t forget your Tempheat from IDEA.

We have all been in the situation, where the boiler has packed up, everyone’s moaning in their jumpers and blankets, and there is not much that anyone can do about it.

Well, my name is Keith, and after many years of repairing those central heating boilers and having to leave customers without heating and hot water because of having to wait for parts. I decided to invent a unit that could replace the boiler until the parts for the boiler could be found and fitted.

A guide to effective battery maintenance

Neil Oliver - A guide to effective battery maintenance

Here, Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at professional battery manufacturer Accutronics, explains how to ensure batteries are safely maintained, with three tips for maximising smart battery lifespan and longevity...

Battery-powered devices are becoming increasingly commonplace in sectors where failure is not an option. The continual shrinking of component sizes, alongside the advent of wireless technology and exponential increases in processing power, has seen equipment being manufactured in smaller, portable forms.
And from smoke alarms to leisure batteries, a holiday park depends on batteries for essential day-to-day running.

Lake District parks honour six customer service superstars

Lake District customer service superstars

Customer service champions from four top-ranked holiday parks in Cumbria have been put in the spotlight by their bosses at Lake District Estates.

The six have each been presented with Exceptional Service Award certificates from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the park industry's professional body.

The accolades are the highest honours given out by the association to individuals shown to have made "significant and substantial" contributions to park businesses.

According to Lake District Estates, each team member has gone far beyond the extra mile to help guests enjoy the best possible experiences at its parks.