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Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks nominated for Business Awards 2015

Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks nominated for Business Awards 2015Alfie Best and Wyldecrest Parks have just been shortlisted for both Entrepreneur of the Year and Retail and Property categories at the 2015 LondonlovesExcellence Awards!

‘It’s such an amazing feeling,’ said Alfie. ‘Both shortlists represent the recognition of our sustained work as a team across our area of expertise and we are already proud of this achievement.’

The winners will be announced at the awards gala dinner on 15 October, bringing together 500 senior guests representing London’s business leaders, entrepreneurs and government to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic achievements of London’s business community.

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Omar Group builds on its success

Omar Group builds on its successMarket-leading park home and luxury lodge manufacturer Omar Group is to make a major investment in expanding its production facility at its headquarters in Brandon, Suffolk. Having delivered 25 per cent compound annual growth over the last four years, with an outstanding 49 per cent sales growth last year, this move is essential as part of a long-term strategic plan to support on-going growth and to address demand.

Omar has already made a major investment in its manufacturing capability, opening a new production plant in Valletta Street, Hull in the spring of this year; this new operation has already reached full production capacity.  On this basis the company has made the decision to make further significant investment by expanding the group’s production facility at its 13½-acre headquarters in Brandon, Suffolk.

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Berkeleyparks bride

Berkeleyparks brideAnyone who has bought a home on one of Berkeleyparks high-quality residential estates will almost certainly have spoken to Frances Dent, either on the telephone or in person. Frances has a long history in the park homes industry and for the past 27 years has been sales administrator at Berkeleyparks’ head office.

In future, though, inquirers will have to ask to speak to Frances Cowderoy because Frances was married to John Cowderoy in September. The couple were blessed with a wonderfully sunny day and Frances looked stunning and so very happy.

John is not involved in the park home industry. Although he is English, most of his working life was spent in Norway in the wholesale bridal business, and he moved back to England just a few years ago. Naturally, he has already met many of Frances’s ‘park home’ friends and contacts (several of whom were at the wedding) and will undoubtedly learn more about this very friendly industry in the years to come.

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Dream job

Dream jobThe new managers of a luxury caravan holiday home and lodge park in picturesque South Shropshire say they literally have to pinch themselves every morning to prove that they are not dreaming. Russ and Jane Smithurst gave up good jobs in their home county of Nottinghamshire to take over at Bow House Country Park, near Bishop’s Castle.

Jane worked for the social services department for 30 years while Russ ran his own building business. They took the decision to change their lifestyle after staying on Morris Leisure’s Oxon Hall Touring Park in Shrewsbury. ‘We were sat sunbathing and we questioned what we were doing with our lives,’ said Jane. ‘We were nearly 50 and it was time we did something that we both enjoyed. We love being outdoors and being together, and had spoken about becoming managers of a caravan park for about three years.’

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Essex Excellence

Essex ExcellenceWeeley Bridge Holiday Park, close to the popular Essex seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea, has just been awarded a prestigious Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year.

This scheme, which has been running for five years, is given to outstanding businesses that have consistently received praise and recognition in the form of great reviews from Tripadvisor travellers.

Operated by Park Resorts, Weeley Bridge is popular with both holiday home owners and holidaymakers and has recently undergone refurbishment to its Lakeside Tavern and Takeaway. It has also extended its season, meaning that existing and new owners will now be able to enjoy their holiday homes for 11 months of the year. A picturesque fishing lake, outdoor pool and sports court are just some of the park’s attractions.

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A sterling performance and a fresh new perspective

A sterling performance and a fresh new perspectiveAt the Stoneleigh show this year Sovereign exhibited not one but two park homes, a lodge and a more traditional park home, both built to residential standards and demonstrating its expanding breadth of offering. The Arden lodge looked sleek yet stylish with a new interior design, and the new Berkswell park home was a real crowd-pleaser offering something for all.

This is a manufacturer not set to stand still, and to push forward and innovate, so it will be interesting to watch with its up-and-coming model releases.  Expansion plans are already in the pipeline, and new team members are joining steadily in line with their quality and assurance ethos.

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Keith retires after 42 years at Tingdene

Keith retires after 42 years at TingdeneKeith Hibbett had worked for Tingdene for nearly 42 years  at the time of retiring in late April 2015.

Forty-two years is a long time with any one company and he will have seen many changes during this time.  

Tingdene has been in business for 46 years, so Keith has been a key part of the company’s progression over the years.

Keith’s main role in the early days was to work on the roof trusses, which at this time was for single homes.  

Later he moved to work on the flooring before moving back to roof work, and experienced the changes that took place even within that process, firstly towards felt roof, then later tiles and, of course, the development along the way to twin units.

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Top Manufacturers to Unveil Homes at Cottingham Golf Club Event

The-Tingdene-KensingtonSovereign-will-be-at-the-CoA number of market leading park home and leisure lodge manufacturers, including Tingdene Homes and Sovereign Homes, are set to showcase a strong selection of homes at the upcoming Cottingham Golf Club Show on 5 and 6 September. Tingdene Homes will be launching a new lodge and also showing its popular Warreners with an all-new layout and interior design.

The event, which will be held at Cottingham Parks Golf & Leisure Club, in Woodhill Way, Cottingham, offers showgoers the opportunity to run the rule over more than 100 caravans, lodges and park homes.

Entry and parking is free and the show runs from 9am to 5pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday. For drivers with a sat-nav, the show’s postcode is HU16 5SW. For more information visit www.cottinghamparkscaravanshow.co.uk or call 01482 846030.

Top: The Tingdene Kensington
Bottom: Sovereign Homes will be at the show

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Luxury lodge wows the crowds at New Forest show

Luxury lodge wows the crowds at New Forest showWessex exhibited alongside the Waterside Holiday Group at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show from 28 to 30 July.

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is an annual three-day agricultural show that attracted around 95,000 visitors.  Set in the beautiful surroundings of New Park within the New Forest National Park, the show is a fantastic day out for the whole family.  With equestrian and livestock classes, fine food, crafts, shopping and much more, the show has even attracted the Household Cavalry, performed musical rides in the main ring.

Designed exclusively for the Waterside Group’s prestigious Osmington Park development in Dorset, the Harbour luxury lodge is a perfect example of Wessex quality, craftsmanship, style and bespoke possibilities.

The Harbour is built to BS 3632, the residential standard, and boasts higher insulation standards, a 10-year Gold Shield structural warranty and a striking mono-pitched tiled roof, guaranteed for 40 years.

The lodge is available for sale at the prestigious The Oaks development at Osmington Holiday Park, priced at £349,950. For more information please call 01305 836 836 or visit www.watersideholidaygroup.co.uk/osmington. For more information on Wessex Unique Lodges & Park Homes, please call 0845 257 0400, email sales@wessexparkhomes.co.uk or visit wessexparkhomes.co.uk.

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Praise for Prestige and Homeseeker after open day success

Praise for Prestige and Homeseeker after open day successOne of the country’s best-known park home and lodge manufacturers pulled out all the stops at an open day event at its visitor centre earlier in the summer.

The event, hosted by Prestige and Homeseeker for its customers and those of Right Choice estate agents, took place on 18 July at Shipton Way Express Business Park, in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

Visitors got to run the rule over a wide selection of homes and also enjoyed a tour of the company’s factory.

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