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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.

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.
 

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.

6 Tips for Keeping Caravan Parks Safe

6 Tips for Keeping Caravan Parks Safe with the National Caravan Council

Staycations are on the rise in the UK, as holiday makers choose to explore the countryside rather than hopping on a plane, according to statistics compiled by the National Caravan Council (NCC), more than 50 million nights are spent in a caravan in the UK each year – whether in the country’s 365,000 static and holiday homes, the 550,000 touring caravans or 225,000 motorhomes.

With more and more people visiting caravan parks every year, It's become more important than ever to ensure that your site is safe for all visitors. Caravanning is a particularly popular past time for retirees and the elderly.

Thousands Raised For Angels In The Sky

Thousands Raised For Angels In The Sky

Caravan and motorhome insurance specialists Caravan Guard and Leisuredays have once again raised thousands of pounds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The Halifax-based company runs an ongoing initiative for the charity - donating money for every Gadget and Leisure and Home Emergency policy it sells. This year, the company took the opportunity to boost their annual fundraising total further when staff got involved in some serious fun for Yellow Yorkshire Day.  

Teams dressed up in a variety of yellow costumes and had a yellow-themed bake off competition and other crazy games. Through the generosity of the company and staff, they were able to write Yorkshire Air Ambulance a cheque for a whopping £3,170.80.  

Pensions Regulator fines businesses

Pensions Regulator Auto-enrolment retirement money savings jar

Nathan Long, a senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says auto-enrolment tackles a huge, impending social problem of people not having sufficient monies squirreled away to support themselves in retirement: “It is so important in fact that the sniffer dogs at the Pension Regulator have been unleashed to track down the employers that are not complying with these new rules - the Pension Regulator has issued fines to employers on more than 20,000 occasions.” These can run up to £10,000 per day for the largest firms, but even the smallest of firms can see fines of £50 or £400 per day. 

Minister opens up Wales park's new pampering paradise

Wales tourism minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opened Pembrokeshire holiday park

Wales tourism minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opened a new chapter in luxury holidays recently when he cut the tape on a Pembrokeshire holiday park's latest development.
 
Called Celtic Escapes and based at top-rated Noble Court Holiday Park near the market town of Narberth, it promises guests a pampering experience like no other.
 
In front of more than 200 VIP guests, Lord Elis-Thomas welcomed the £1 million venture and congratulated the family-owned business behind the enterprise. 
 

Fife MSP cuts red tape to open park's new holiday homes

Group of men cutting the ribbon to Elie Holiday Park

Fife's tourism industry received another boost this summer when Willie Rennie MSP took time out to launch a new development of leisure homes at Elie Holiday Park (21.06.2018).
 
The MSP, who is Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said the 20 Castaway forest holiday homes would make a valuable extra impact on the local tourism economy.
 
Mr Rennie was the VIP guest of Abbeyford Leisure which has owned Elie Holiday Park for over 30 years, investing continually in new guest facilities and attractions.
 

Continued investment in manufacturing excellence sees Willerby post rapid sales growth

Continued investment in manufacturing excellence sees Willerby post rapid sales growth

After a stellar year of innovation and significant investments, the UK’s largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges, Willerby, has announced year on year sales growth of 12.7% in the financial year to September 2017. The company, which employs more than 1,000 people at its Hull headquarters, is now on track to exceed £180 m sales in 2018.

In 2016, Willerby’s annual turnover was £147m and in 2017 it reached £166m. The continued growth has been such that almost 200 new jobs have been created within the past two years.