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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.

Saniflo Solutions for Caravan Parks

Saniflo Solutions for Caravan Parks

Today, caravan parks all over Britain are looking for simple, innovative solutions to help them adapt to modern times and make best use of their facilities, whether it’s replacing old facilities or adding new ones, or maybe even you’re looking for a drainage solution for a brand-new caravan park. The good news is that the process can be made easier, by selecting the right products for the job. Ann Boardman, Saniflo UK Head of Marketing and Product Development, explains how. 

Water hygiene expert offer advice on hot tubs

Hot tubs Darlly product

Hot tubs and water hygiene: by Dorian Davies from Darlly Europe

The publication of the HSE's "The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems", more commonly known as "HSG282", in January 2017 caused a stir in the holiday caravan, lodge, and cottage sector as it set out specific and detailed guidelines for hot tubs installed in holiday let situations. HSG282 also placed risk responsibility on the shoulders of holiday let owners and operators to ensure their installations are HSG282 compliant.

Tips for Keeping Guests Safe on your Holiday Site

Keeping Guests Safe

When it comes to holidays, we’re all relaxed and carefree, however that attitude can often prove costly as you are less aware of any incidents that may occur which is why we need to be thinking about keeping guests safe. As such, you must provide a duty of care to those visiting your caravan park/holiday site. If not, the results could prove costly for your brand. In the worst case, they could even lead to closure. Medtree, leading worldwide suppliers of medical apparatus, have experience with necessary equipment to ensure staff and residents are safe, and are sharing their tips.

Andrew Symons appointed dealer for Ransomes Jacobsen

Andrew Symons team

Agricultural engineer company Andrew Symons Ltd has been appointed as a new Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, representing the Ransomes, Jacobsen, E-Z-GO, Cushman, Turfco and Smithco brands. Andrew Symons Ltd. will cover a territory that includes Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company, operates as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., the manufacturer of Jacobsen and Ransomes turf-care equipment, E-Z-GO golf cars, and Cushman utility vehicles. In addition, Ransomes Jacobsen is the distributor for Turfco and Smithco equipment in the United Kingdom.

Bridge Leisure named one of UK’s best employers for second year

Bridge Leisure

Milton Keynes-based holiday park group Bridge Leisure Parks has been named one of the UK's best employers for the second year running.

The company, which owns and operates eight holiday parks employing more than 400 people across the UK, was again voted into the Sunday Times’ annual survey of the 100 best companies to work for.

The Bridge Leisure Parks management team receiving their Best Employer award, from left to right: Simon Williams, commercial director; Nick Rodrigues, deputy editor, The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies; Andrew Howe, chief executive; Richard Hunt, chairman.

Andrew Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure said:

Caravan industry gearing up for another busy year

Caravan industry

As caravan parks across the Mid Wales and the Heart of England prepare to reopen on March 1, a leading Shropshire-based leisure company says there are positive early signs of another busy season ahead.

Tony Bywater, chairman of Salop Leisure, which has caravan and motorhome sales centres in Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, believes “staycationing” is still as popular as ever with the British public.

“We were a bit concerned about the impact of the wet end to last summer, but the disappointing weather has not dampened enthusiasm for caravan holiday homes, motorhomes and touring caravans which allow people to get away whenever they wish to a location of their choice,” he said.

Is now the time to buy or sell a caravan park?

savills caravan park richard prestwich

Thinking of buying or selling a caravan park? Richard Prestwich from Savills property services’ leisure and trade team gives his view on the holiday and home park market for 2018…

Last year was a particularly strong year for the holiday and home park market, which encompasses touring parks, holiday static parks and residential parks, driven predominantly by domestic investment as the popularity of staycations continued to increase. According to research from Ortus Secured Finance, turnover at the 100 largest holiday parks was up 9% from £2.46billion in 2012 to £2.7billion last year.