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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.

Extending The Holiday Season: Are You On Board?

Hot tub in holiday park

Twelve-month holiday parks are becoming more and more popular, offering permanent residencies to home owners and the opportunity for holidaymakers to make the most of their caravans or holiday homes. However, it’s the local economy – including your park – which could really benefit from the winter trade. Here, we find out how year-round opening is changing the industry for the better...

Winter maintenance

A huge part of closing down for the winter is, let’s face it, the good old British weather. Storms, ice and snow are to be expected – but this needn’t mean a complete shutdown. Holiday homes require winter maintenance whether someone is living in them or not.

A Million Reasons To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

A Million Reasons To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Ahead of its official 10-year anniversary this July, UK-based business Pitchup.com has reached an impressive milestone, taking its one-millionth booking on Monday 18 February. 

The bookings equate to nearly 22,000 years worth of trips, with 2.9 million people enjoying a Pitchup.com holiday - greater than the population of Madrid. 

The outdoor accommodation specialist has grown rapidly since its launch in 2009, receiving 18.5 million visits over the last year* and becoming the UK’s highest-traffic outdoor accommodation site in Summer 2018**. 

UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2019 - Vote for your favourite new outdoor products online now!

UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2019

Online voting for the UK Outdoor Industry Awards 2019 is now open, which provides an opportunity for consumers to select their favourite new outdoor products. Votes can be placed via theoia.co.uk/awards/.

Not only can outdoor enthusiasts vote for their favourite finalists online, but they will also be able to vote in person and see the products at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show in February (19th - 24th), where the finalist products from all ten categories will be on display to almost 100,000 visitors at the NEC in Birmingham.

New websites make booking a holiday even easier with Bridge Leisure

Bridge Leisure websites

UK Holiday park owner and operator Bridge Leisure Company, have today launched new websites for eight of its owned holiday parks, making it faster and easier for customers to find the information they need and to book their holidays online. 

They have also created a brand-new Bridge Leisure company website consolidating Bridge Leisure Parks and Bridge Leisure Management into one place, showcasing what services the business has to offer. 

The new websites were designed by Cornwall based IT specialists, Pitched, who are experts in website design for holiday parks across the UK. The project has taken 7 to months to complete and has seen a complete redesign of the both the look, feel and functionality of the park websites. 

Holiday Park Management – addressing the industry-wide skills gap

Holiday Park Management – addressing the industry-wide skills gap

"The NCC Park Management qualification successfully addressed an industry- wide gap in developing the technical and soft skills of holiday park management. Parkdean Resorts are proud to be delivering the qualification to aspiring and recruited park managers. The training material and format of the programme is straightforward to implement and offers delegates the opportunity to learn, share best practice and adopt consistent, customer focused skills and behaviours”

Emma Findlay, Head of People Development, Parkdean Resorts

45% of Brits Are Planning on Spending Christmas Away From Home

45% of Brits Are Planning on Spending Christmas Away From Home

As Christmas approaches a recent survey by Away Resorts, leading park operator and holiday home provider, discovers 45% of Brits will be going away this Christmas, but 24% plan on staying in the UK.

In contrast, only 21% of Brits are opting to go abroad over the holiday season and nearly half of those (8%) will be in their overseas chateaus.

This is very similar to the number staying in UK holiday homes (6%) suggesting this is becoming a popular way for Brits to invest their money.

How Cumbria park is smoothing the way for fell walkers

Cumbria park staff with charity donation

The family owners of a Windermere holiday park have taken fundraising in their stride and donated over £2,000 to help repair hundreds of much-loved upland paths in Cumbria.

Park Cliffe on the shores of Windermere put its best foot forward on behalf of the Fix the Fells appeal which makes vital repairs to 330 trails throughout the Lake District.

The sum results from twelve busy months of money-raising activities at the popular park, ranging from quizzes, raffles and a duck race to a bonfire night in November.

Park guests are also invited to make a voluntary donation when they book their stay online – an option which the vast majority take up, according to business owner Susan Dickson.

McRent - Start the new year with plans for adventure!

McRent - Start the new year with plans for adventure!

Motorhomers are travelling to increasingly diverse and exciting locations to enjoy adventurous breaks. Now inquisitive and intrepid travellers can now immerse themselves into the world of freedom, exploration and excitement of a motorhome holiday, without the responsibility and cost of ownership. Lowdhams now offers luxury Hymer, HymerCar and Sunlight motorhomes to rent in partnership with European motorhome hire company McRent.

Shrewsbury caravan park named best in the Heart of England by AA

Oxon caravan park named best in the Heart of England by AA

A popular five-star Shrewsbury touring caravan and motorhome park has been named the AA Heart of England Campsite of the Year for 2019.

Oxon Hall Touring Park was informed of the award as the 2019 edition of the AA Caravan & Camping Guide was published. The guide features the very best spots for caravanning and camping in Britain.

It’s not the first time the park, which is owned by Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure, has been successful in the awards, having been named AA Campsite of the Year for England in 2006.

The winning team from Oxon Hall will receive the award at the AA 2019 Camping Awards presentation lunch in Stratford Upon Avon in February.