Put plans in place for your retirement

Andrew Howe

Holiday park owners are spending so much time working that they are failing to plan for a successful retirement. 


Andrew Howe, chief executive of Bridge Leisure Management [http://www.bridgeleisure.com/] says that one of the biggest mistakes park owners make is to ignore questions of succession. 


“Many park owners dream of passing their business on to family, but what if the next in line is not ready, not up to it, or if there are several children vying to take over a small park where there’s really just one job to fill? 


Making water go further

Maragowan caravan site

Caravan and Motorhome Club seizes opportunities to make the water used on their sites go further in new water market

The Caravan and Motorhome Club is a pioneer, leading the way by seizing the benefits available for the Club – and its members - from the new water market in England. 

The company, which has more than 200 sites across the UK, has chosen Water Plus as its business water retailer. 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club said the people at Water Plus and their knowledge and experience were key factors in their choice of a water retailer.  

New EPoS system allows holiday park company to achieve new levels of efficiency

New technology improves efficiency for family-run park

A family-run holiday park company that boasts almost 100 years of history is embracing modern-day efficiency with state-of-the-art technology. 

Lyons Holiday Parks needed to integrate transactions in bars, offices, hotels, shops, and reception areas across seven of its ten sites across North Wales and Cumbria. 

Previously the company used a number of isolated tills and processes. These did not link with its central accounts system, meaning staff had to input much of the sales data captured manually. This was time consuming and inefficient, hampering business growth.

Review of Raleigh Strada Trail Sport Electric

Raleigh Strada Trail Sport Electric

The Raleigh Strada Trail Sport Electric is an entertaining, healthy solution to your holiday transportation over the school holiday and summer holiday season. The adaptability of the Strada is one of its main features with its robust frame and 73mm Travel Suntour suspension fork allowing you to tackle the toughest of paths such as mountains and woodland with ease yet its handling also makes it ideal for a more urban ride through town's or city. The aesthetics of the Strada stands out as much as how well it performs, standing out from other bikes due its striking illuminous green appearance and has no chance of being hard to see.

East Grinstead RFC Purchases First Iseki TLE4490 in Europe

East Grinstead RFC Purchases First Iseki TLE4490 in Europe

East Grinstead Rugby Football Club located in West Sussex has taken delivery of the first Iseki TLE4490 tractor sold in Europe. The tractor was delivered by local Iseki dealer, Yeowart Agricultural Ltd.


The new tractor will be used to manage and maintain three full-size pitches covering a total of 14 acres. The pitches at EGRFC are home to a total of 17 teams; three senior teams, one veteran team, six intermediate teams (U13-U18), and seven junior teams (U6-U12).


Chairman of EGRFC Bob Marsh is responsible for the operational management of the club as a business. He commented on the recent investment,

Rolec’s EV Charge Online – A New Income Stream For Caravan Parks

Rolec’s EV Charge Online – A New Income Stream For Caravan Parks

Rolec EV, a leading UK electric vehicle charge point manufacturer, has developed a revolutionary EV charge point management system - ‘EV Charge Online’.

EV Charge Online enables each and every EV driver to simply pull up to a charge point and, using their mobile phone, login to the charge point and pay-to-charge  using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal via Rolec EV’s secure back office.

GPRS connectivity to the back office is provided by Rolec’s network partner Vodafone, who supply roaming SIM cards designed to lock onto the strongest signal in the area, regardless of network provider.


PitchSMART Online By Rolec

PitchSMART Online By Rolec

A Breakthrough In Hook-Up Management


Following 18 months of research and development Rolec have announced the launch of PitchSMART Online, a new cloud based computer operated MID approved Smart metering system for remotely managing caravan hook-ups. 

This innovative new system has been specifically designed to enable park operators to read each and every hook-up meter from the comfort of their office computer - and in turn generate instant invoices for customers.

PitchSMART Online can also be used by the park operator to individually switch on/off each and every one of their electric hook-up units, again from the office computer.

Pathfinder Homes

Pathfinder Homes

For nearly 60 years Pathfinder Homes has been the leading, pioneering manufacturer of luxurious residential park homes and holiday lodges. Designs are innovative and cutting-edge, that’s what makes us different. We bring ground-breaking concepts to the industry which has resulted in winning ‘Ultimate Lodge of the Year’ three years in a row.


Specialist Software Provider Reaping The Rewards From The Holiday Park Boom


The holiday park industry is booming according to research by Ortus Secured Finance which has reported the UK's 100 largest caravan, camping and holiday parks turnover increasing by 9% to £2.67 billion in 2016, up from £2.46 billion five years ago.

Elite Dynamics, creator of EliteParks, a software solution created specifically for the holiday park industry, are maximising this opportunity. Already this month, 3 new holiday park operators have made the decision to implement their software, including Shorefield Holidays based on the South coast in Hampshire.

Cumbria park marches to victory in tourism awards

Cumbria park

Skelwith Fold caravan park in Ambleside has been crowned as Lakeland's top holiday park in June's closely-fought Cumbria Tourism Awards.


The family-run business trumped more than 100 eligible parks in the county to take the overall gold accolade in the holiday parks category of the competition.


And now park director Henry Wild says he will use the award to shine the national spotlight on Cumbria's "amazing and diverse" parks industry.


Stepping up to receive the Cumbria Tourism honour at the glittering awards ceremony at Cartmel Racecourse was Henry and members of the park team.