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UK ranks first in Europe for caravan enthusiasts

caravan park at sunset

The caravan industry is thriving, contributing more than £6 billion per year to the UK economy, according to the NCC.

In the wake of all the uncertainty around Brexit, people in the UK are opting for a traditional caravan break – with 39% of UK adults taking a caravan or camping holiday in the last three years. 

With caravanning so popular, a brand-new study has investigated the best countries in Europe for caravan enthusiasts and found that the UK ranks first – championing over Sweden and France. 

It won’t be fun in the sun for holidaymakers if your cooling systems fail

Cooling systems

Hottest day of the year results in 85% increase in commercial air conditioning and refrigeration emergency callouts for failing cooling systems. With forecasters predicting record Summer temperatures of up to 40 degrees this year, the UK could be looking forward to a glorious summer. This is great news for holiday parks and those holidaymakers who choose to staycation this year. But, some holiday parks are about to enter the season of failing cooling systems and refrigeration systems, with this, potentially suffer frustrated guests, damaged reputation, spoiled food and drink stock and profit losses as a result. 

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019 Website Now Live!

Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019 website

Did you know that the website for the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019 is now live at www.mcshow.co.uk

The new site contains all of the latest news and information about the show, which will run from 15-20 October at the NEC Birmingham and will be updated on a regular basis with full details of additions to the event line-up, such as: Exhibitors and products on display; product launches; celebrity special guests; the Live Theatre programme; show sponsors; and so much more.

Willerby invites customers to launch of 2020 collection

Willerby - interior of the Skye model

Willerby, the UK’s largest manufacturer of holiday homes and lodges, is inviting its customers to an exclusive preview of its 2020 collection at its showground in Hull from 25th June to 26th July.

The event will give customers the chance to explore the latest additions and brand new models as well as taking a look at updates to a variety of current products.

Holiday homes and lodges such as the Linwood, Skye, Kelston and Acorn will be on show, alongside a brand new model due to launch mid-July. The exciting, new addition is based on an original holiday home by Willerby dating back to 1956, and is designed with elegant, state-of-the-art features to suit its modern audience. 

Cornwall holiday park chief elected BH&HPA chairman  

Andrew Baragwanath - the new BH&HPA chairman 

Andrew Baragwanath, owner of Ayr Holiday Park near St Ives in Cornwall, has become the national chairman of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association - BH&HPA.

Mr Baragwanath was elected to the position by fellow members of the association to which some 3,000 holiday and residential park businesses in Britain belong.

BH&HPA was formed more than 60 years ago, and brings together park enterprises ranging from small farm-based camping sites to major park groups.

Like the majority of parks in membership, Ayr Holiday Park has been owned by the same family for successive generations with each helping to drive the business forward.

Pitching the value: holiday park industry survey results

holiday park survey front cover - Pitching the Value

The results of holiday park and campsite survey Pitching the Value were published earlier this year. Here, editor Victoria Galligan takes a look at the highlights of the survey and ask park operators Away Resorts about their views on current trends in the leisure & tourism sector…

Pitching the Value was commissioned by the UK Caravan and Camping Alliance (UKCCA) to find out the economic benefits of camping and caravan sites. It was carried out by Frontline in conjunction with the UK trade body the NCC, the Camping & Caravanning Club, the Caravan & Motorhome Club and the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

Scotland expansion provide Willerby customers with staycation inspiration

Willerby Avonmore lounge diner

Park owners in Scotland can now view nine of the latest holiday homes, lodges and park homes by Willerby Ltd at its new Scottish showground at Williamson’s Garden Centre, Livingston. The manufacturer has relocated to a new site after three successful years in Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Offering dealers, parks and the public the chance to view Willerby’s extensive range, the new and improved showground will include seven of the latest holiday homes, a luxury lodge and one of the impressive Park Home by Willerby models. The custom built site will also be home to a new office for the Willerby and Park Homes by Willerby teams, with a dedicated space for customer information on parks and holidays in Scotland. 

The Compass team is complete!

Compass and Binnacle logos

On Monday 3rd June 2019, Compass was delighted to welcome the final 10 members of their team to their office in Gloucester, following the completion of the business’ transfer from Thistle Insurance Services Ltd to Binnacle Insurance.

It has been some six months since the full team has been together and there were happy celebrations all round as the friends and colleagues were reunited under one roof.

Binnacle now has total control over all current and run-off insurance transactions. All customer communications will now come from the familiar and dedicated Compass team.

The business has been complimented by new, talented individuals and significant investment in IT. A delighted Tim Smyth, CEO of Binnacle, commented:

Caravan Guard up for two national insurance awards

Caravan Guard logo

Caravan and motorhome insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, is thrilled to be a finalist in the 2019 British Insurance Awards for UK Insurance Broker of the Year.

It will go head-to-head with five other UK insurance brokers at a prestigious national awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July, where the industry’s top performing companies will also be headlining.

The Halifax-based company has also been shortlisted for Broker of the Year at the British Claims Awards, which celebrates the achievements and progress made by companies on behalf of their customer claimants.