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Be Inspired by Bankside Patterson

Bankside Patterson

Market-leading holiday home chassis manufacturer Bankside Patterson, has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The East Yorkshire-based company has been recognised in the fifth edition of the report, which is seen as a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small- and medium-sized businesses.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.    

Award winning park on the market in Mid-Wales

Sanderson

Sanderson Weatherall’s specialist caravan and holiday parks team has been appointed to sell the award-winning Park House & Rhos Holiday Home Park in Llandrindod Wells.

Extending to a total site area of just over 2.7acres the park is currently developed with 18 static caravan pitches, which have been informally approved for conversion into lodges. There are also three two-bedroomed chalets and a large four-bedroom 18th century farmhouse that previously operated as a B&B on the site.

Award judges pick Perthshire park for top Scottish honour

Scottish Hospitality Awards

There were cheers for Scotland's park-owning Wood family this summer when their Blairgowrie Holiday Park in Perthshire took first place in th Scottish Hospitality Awards.

Blairgowrie was named as Scotland's Best Caravan Site of the Year at the Scottish Hospitality Awards which took place at Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

In front of VIP guests from Scotland's tourism industry, members of the family and its management team stepped up to receive their honour from popular STV radio presenter Zara Janjua.

The annual awards highlight hospitality enterprises which offer exceptional standards of facilities and services, and take into account the feedback given by customers.

UK holiday makers give economy £31 billion boost this summer

Dog Friendly

A recent study by Travelodge shows UK holidaymakers will give the UK economy a boost of £31 billion this summer, as a result of the Dog Friendly staycation trend.                                    

The six-week school holiday is rapidly approaching. However, rather than UK nationals looking to holiday abroad this summer, 57 per cent are taking their breaks in the UK, spending on average £823. This is an increase of 2 per cent (55 per cent) from 2017.

Caravan industries can use hold time and audio branding to their advantage

PHMG

Mark Williamson, Sales and Marketing Director at PHMG, examines how the caravan industry can use hold time and audio branding to their advantage. 

Poor call handling doesn’t sit well with the British public.

Whether faced with a bad attitude or an unprofessional manner, a negative telephone experience can impact on a company’s profitability. Research of 1,000 consumers by PHMG discovered 73 per cent of respondents wouldn’t do repeat business with an organisation if their first call wasn’t handled to satisfaction.

Yet employee behaviour can be easily rectified. Telephone training and providing a set of best-practice guidelines ensures callers are met by a polite voice who is happy to help with whatever query they may have. 

The history of Bankside Patterson

Bankside Patterson

Bankside Patterson had some great news recently, being named in the 1,000 companies to Inspire Britain 2018 report. Here, managing director Neil Taylor talks to Caravan Industry & Park Operator about the company's climb to the top…

 

• Could you tell us about the history of Bankside Patterson as a company? When did you begin trading, etc?

Bankside Patterson was formed in 1965 as a steel fabrications specialist. In 1974 it became part of the ABI group of companies and started producing caravan chassis.

In 1994 Bankside split from ABI and started supplying Holiday homes to other manufacturers in the industry.

 

•  Which caravan manufacturers use Bankside Patterson?

Mayor’s Award recognises resort’s role promoting Shrewsbury

Love2Stay

A new £6 million Shropshire caravanning and glamping resort, Love2Stay, has recently celebrated its first birthday and has added Shrewsbury Mayor’s Award for Tourism to its growing collection.

The Mayor’s Awards scheme recognises individuals, organisations, groups and businesses for their achievements which benefit the town.

Love2Stay resort at Emstrey, which is next door to and owned by caravan and motorhome dealership Salop Leisure, won the gold award for tourism and the overall award in recognition of its achievements towards promoting Shrewsbury as a visitor destination.

The award was presented by Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, at a ceremony held at the town’s Guildhall.

Dales park's great green day brings charity windfall

Riverside Caravan Park

Crafts, cakes and eco-friendly cups have helped raise over £1,000 for charity at a North Yorkshire holiday park's green-themed fete this summer.

Riverside Caravan Park in the village of High Bentham was the setting for the annual event which drew hundreds of local residents and holiday guests.

This year's theme was "living in a sustainable world" which was mirrored by many of the stalls and activities set up in the grounds of the family-owned park.

Hand-made jewellery, cards and gifts were among the handicrafts on offer, all produced in the region, along with locally-sourced food and snacks from cakes to bacon butties.

Pure nectar: Cumbria park cracks open its bee-friendly brew 

Pure nectar: Cumbria park cracks open its bee-friendly brew 

Real-ale lovers are raising their glasses to both hops and honey bees this summer at Skelwith Fold caravan park in Ambleside, Cumbria.

That's because the family-run business has launched its own craft brewery beer, with every bottle benefitting the UK's largest honey bee charity.

The park's Wild Ales will help the British Beekeepers Association make younger people more aware of the importance of halting the decline of Britain's bee population.

The beer is available both at Skelwith Fold, voted Lakeland's top holiday park in last year's Cumbria Tourism Awards, and at its sister-park Moss Wood near Lancaster.

The Flying Scotsman, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Flying Scotsman

Located on a farm on the Dark Skies reserve at the heart of the Brecon Beacons, this rustic sheperds hut like cabin provides cosy accommodation for a family of four. The interiors are themed around a railway carriage and thoughtfully crafted with Welsh oak and red cedar. Surrounded by woodland, open fields and even a river, The Flying Scotsman provides the perfect base for a rural retreat and digital detox.