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Popular caravan brand Lunar enters administration

Popular caravan brand Lunar celebrates golden birthday - Planet Range advert

Despite proving a popular brand with customers over the past 50 years, caravan manufacturer Lunar has this week entered into administration.

Here, our contributor Andrew Jenkinson looks back at the Lancashire-based brand as its future remains uncertain…

Back in July 1969 the Apollo 11 moon landings were in the news – this major historical event influenced Ken Wilcox and Brian Talbot, who had built and designed their first caravan in a barn at Ince near Wigan. 

Haynes takes a road trip with new Van Life manual

Haynes road trip manual

Longer days have finally arrived, and with it Haynes is gearing up for a summer road trip with a new concise manual on van living, Van Life.

Van Life celebrates our ancient nomadic impulse in its most contemporary form; living in a home on wheels. Whether you have a teardrop caravan for days at the beach or a converted school bus to launch on to the open road, this book will inspire you to live the dream road trip and tells you everything you need to know in one concise manual.

The Weather Is Unpredictable - Your Finances Don't Have To Be

Sunny weather at a caravan park

Months of endless sunny weather and cloudless skies came as a welcome opportunity for holiday parks, caravan sites, hotels, tourist attractions and shops up and down the UK this summer.

Even businesses that have been operating for generations may not have experienced a season like this, with a record number of people flocking to the nearest beach and ice cream stands to get a taste of the Costa del Sol just minutes from their homes. However as the summer comes to an end, the art of managing the irregularity of turnover comes into focus as winter approaches.

Money For Nothing

British pound money
BY ADAM BERNSTEIN

Trade can be tough, but wouldn’t it be great if your business could be given a shot in the arm with some free – or at least low cost – help? Firms prepared to search will find that there is plenty of help available; they just need to narrow down the options and follow the processes that the programmes specify.

Of course, while there can be such a thing as‘free money, it will come with strings and criteria that must be met. By extension, this cash and help is a boon for those that successfully apply but getting through the hurdles can be both very time-consuming, difficult and without any guarantee of reaching the finishing line.

How the social media boom is changing the catering landscape

Visually-appealing catering is being shared on social media

We love food, we love drink and, nowadays, we love social media. There’s no doubt that technology is changing the way people go about their everyday lives. Recent research found that 83% of the UK’s adult population are active on social media. While people are using this platform to stay in contact with each other, customers are also posting snaps of their days in a way to ‘boast’ about their activities, whether this is regarding their latest adventure, or most recent choice of food. But what does this mean for the catering industry?

Here, with disposable tablecloths supplier, Inn Supplies, we discuss how social media is indeed changing eating and drinking habits.

Food choices

How the hospitality sector is dealing with waste management

caravan site waste management - disposal sign

Recently, the world has been united in its shock of how plastic is crippling the ocean. The reaction has reverberated through waste management in general and now, the public are more conscious than ever of where their uneaten food and plastic containers are going once they're used. 

Of course, the world's issue with food waste isn't a UK-exclusive problem. Over in Dubai, The National reported on the tradition of hotels and restaurants putting on over-the-top buffet displays and huge portions, much of which ends up wasted. 

Heatwave boost sales of touring caravans and motorhomes

Salop Leisure

The prolonged summer heatwave has been great news for the caravan industry Salop Leisure, in Shropshire and Mid Wales, has sales of touring caravans and the motorhome to first time buyers up 40 per cent on the same period last year.

Salop Leisure, who have just been named large touring caravan dealer of the year by Swift Group, is delighted by the sales boom but believe the real benefit of the hot weather will not be seen until next year.

“Based on previous experience, we believe the heatwave will have the most positive effect next year when couples and families are booking their holidays,” said managing director Mark Bebb.

On-site convenience for puncture repairs

TyresOntheDrive

More caravan and motorhome owners are using the on-site convenience of ‘we-come-to-you’ tyre fitting service which helps them get a puncture fixed easily and quickly within a two-hour slot of their choosing.

Mobile tyre fitting means families can be back on the road within a couple of hours and carry on with their holiday plans. It is the fastest growing sector of the replacement tyre industry as more drivers choose to have their puncture fixed where they are instead of having to remove the wheel and take it to a high street centre.

Judges declare family's park a beacon in the Beacons

Erwlon Caravan holiday park

There were congratulations all round this summer for the family owners of Erwlon Caravan holiday park when it was named as the outright winner of a top tourism prize.

Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park in Llandovery scooped the gold accolade for caravan, camping and glamping parks in the Carmarthenshire Tourism Awards.

Based in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, the five-star park was one of hundreds of businesses competing in the prestigious awards, held every two years.

Stepping up to receive their honour at the finalists' ceremony were members of the Rees family whose farm-based park has been welcoming holiday guests for over 50 years.