Devon's Beverley Holidays was celebrated as one of Britain's most outstanding family businesses this summer at London's Wembley Stadium. The Paignton park was among those selected to tread the red carpet at the 2018 National Family Business Awards after winning through to the glittering finals.
Founded 60 years ago by the same family which remains at its helm today, Beverley was the sole representative of the UK holiday parks industry at the prestigious event.
Organised by Britain's largest network of family-run companies, the annual awards are designed to highlight the important roles played by family-run businesses.
Following a record year for visitors, Silverdale Holiday Park says it's now putting staff recruitment plans into overdrive in readiness for an even more full-on 2019.
And to help attract new team members, the business is offering a list of perks including free saunas, spa baths and pool sessions, plus access to the latest keep-fit technology in its gym.
The family-owned park currently has 20 full-time positions to fill after end-season figures showed this summer to have been the busiest by far in its 60-year history.
But business owner Michael Holgate says is keen to give priority to applicants from south Cumbria, and will only be announcing the posts locally and on his website.
Many Caravan Industry readers will be aware of the major research being carried out this year into the impact of the holiday-park sector on the UK economy, funded by the Economic Impact Research Group (the BH&HPA, the Camping and Caravanning Council, the Caravan and Motorhome Council and the NCC). Both individual parks and groups in all four countries have been contacted by the EIRG to encourage them to take part – as with all research, the more information gathered, the more robust will be the output!
Such a UK-wide survey has not been done before and the report will be of significant importance not just to the sector as a whole, but potentially also to individual parks when applying for planning permission.
A campsite on the grounds of a fairytale castle has become Ayrshire’s first ever Five Star Touring Park following a grading by VisitScotland.
Culzean Castle Camping and Caravanning Club Site, located on the South Ayrshire Coast, received the award from the national tourism organisation’s Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme in recognition of its exceptional standards. The QA Scheme is a benchmark for quality across the tourism industry and operates across accommodation, visitor attractions and food sectors.
The 90-pitch site, just a short walk from the 18th Century Castle, has always looked after its patrons to a high standard with showers, toilets, a washing up area and a children’s play area among the facilities available.
A popular New Forest touring park which has declared itself a child-free zone was the focus of a recent BBC radio feature on the rising phenomenon of adults-only holidays.
Reporters travelled to Back of Beyond park near Ringwood for the hour-long look at why growing numbers prefer their escapes free from the patter of tiny feet.
Helping to explain the trend were Martin and Vicki Bowrey who acquired Back of Beyond almost five years ago, and immediately placed an 18-plus age requirement on guests.
The husband and wife team said that customer reaction had been "one hundred percent positive" from the outset, and that they often had to hang the no-vacancies sign up this summer.
Family and staff at a North Yorkshire holiday park are celebrating after their business was named this summer as a finalist in the prestigious White Rose Awards 2018.
Riverside Caravan Park in the village of High Bentham was declared by judges to be among the very best holiday providers in the county.
Now business owners Thomas Marshall and his wife Jane must wait until 12 November to see if Riverside is crowned as overall winner in the holiday parks category.
The finals will take place at a glittering ceremony at Harrogate Conference Centre attended by top tourism chiefs and other VIP guests from across North Yorkshire.
A new £500,000 reception facility at the award-winning Min-y-Don Holiday Park in Harlech was officially opened by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport Lord Elis-Thomas on Friday.
The minister, who is also the Assembly Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said he was delighted to open the “splendid” reception facility at the park in the heart of beautiful Harlech and commended owners, Salop Caravans Sites, for their good work.
Harlech has so much to offer the visitor: the castle, a World Heritage Site and one of the Europe’s top golf courses sat next to outstanding beaches in an unbeatable landscape,” he added.
Supply Technologies, one of the UK’s leading supply chain management specialists, has been given the top supplier rating by a national caravan manufacturer.
The Sunderland branch of Supply Technologies, owned by American company ParkOhio, has received the A Rated accreditation for its commitment to the working partnership.
The Swift Group, the UK’s market leading manufacturer and supplier of touring caravans, motorhomes and luxury holiday homes, introduced its supplier awards to recognise the excellence and dedication of its supply network. The programme is built around key performance indicators which are continuously monitored and recorded.
Wales tourism minister Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opened a new chapter in luxury holidays recently when he cut the tape on a Pembrokeshire holiday park's latest development.
Called Celtic Escapes and based at top-rated Noble Court Holiday Park near the market town of Narberth, it promises guests a pampering experience like no other.
In front of more than 200 VIP guests, Lord Elis-Thomas welcomed the £1 million venture and congratulated the family-owned business behind the enterprise.
Luxury holiday park specialists, Leisure Resorts, launched a brand-new development in the Yorkshire Dales this May Bank Holiday.
Showcasing the brands’ 5-star stance, the opening represents their first foray into the burgeoning lodge rental market, with a £12 million investment creating the Yorkshire Dales’ newest and arguably the most luxurious holiday destination, with the creation of 35 jobs. The level of investment, one of the largest in the area for decades, will also support in driving tourism to the region.
Festival season is almost upon us, but if you’re dreading the prospect of staying in a soggy or cramped tent, Camptoo, a sharing economy platform connecting owners and renters of campervans, has devised the top five campervan-friendly festivals in the UK for those looking to embrace the #VanLife lifestyle.
A campervan or motorhome is the ideal festival companion, providing a dry, safe and comfortable place to sleep, plus added excitement for festival-going children spending the night in a house on wheels. There’s also no need to carry heavy backpacks or crates of beer, as you can fit everything you need into your home from home.
Read on for Camptoo’s round-up of the best festivals for campervan fans…
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Park homes operator, Serenity Parks has announced ambitious plans for expansion following the success of its first two ventures in the North West.
A newcomer to the parks homes market, Serenity Parks was established just over twelve months ago after founder’s and Director’s Gary Burns & Andrew Wilson seized an opportunity to acquire the two prime sites in the Cheadle Hulme and Frodsham. Following major investment, both parks have achieved strong sales with a GDV of £4 million and just a handful of plots remaining.
Ground staff at Silverdale Holiday Park in south Cumbria were praised this week after crossing the finishing line on a half-million pound makeover of guest facilities.
The starting pistol on the project was fired on January 01 this year, and the race was on have all work completed before Easter's guests started to arrive.
But despite setbacks caused by March's devastating snow storms, a raft of new features at the 100-acre park was unveiled with just days to go before the target date,
They include a complete refitting of its bar and restaurant, the building of a new luxury amenities for touring guests, and the equipping of the gymnasium with the latest exercise technology.