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Park operator homes in on £3m expansion plan

marchnews6One of the UK’s leading park operators has announced further expansion following the completion of a £3 million funding package with Clydesdale Bank.

John Romans Park Homes, which already owns 12 residential parks at sites across Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset, has acquired The Lookout Holiday Park in Wareham, Dorset.
The 12-acre site houses a variety of two and three-bedroom homes available for rental and is the latest addition to a portfolio which includes six existing parks in Dorset, five in Hampshire and one in Somerset.

The deal was delivered by Nick Davis, Relationship Manager, and Richard Thwaites, Business Development Manager, at Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Reading.
John Romans Park Homes has an annual turnover of approximately £5 million and employs 12 full and part-time staff across all its sites.

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New Southern Area Sales Manager for Omar Park and Leisure Homes

New Southern Area Sales Manager for Omar Park and Leisure HomesOmar Park and Leisure Homes is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathalie Montague as Southern Area Sales Manager.

Nathalie is a familiar and well respected face in the industry with over 10 years experience. Having worked as Sales Manager, both park and manufacturing side, Nathalie brings with her invaluable industry knowledge and is looking forward to maintaining the company’s strong position as a market leader.

Nathalie commented, ‘It’s an exciting time for Omar who have just entered their 50th year and I’m thrilled to be part of it and the challenges that are ahead. I have always admired and respected the Omar brand product offering, so to join the team as Area Sales Manager is fantastic.’

Peter Berwick, Sales Director for Omar Group commented, ‘Omar is a customer focused business who always go the extra mile to provide the very best service - being well liked and respected in the industry, I have no doubt that Nathalie will fit in perfectly.  Nathalie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and industry contacts and is looking forward to playing a key role in sales as well as having involvement in design.  

‘Omar is going from strength to strength and with the addition of Nathalie to the team I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.’

For further information visit www.omar.co.uk or call 01842 810 673.

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LIFESTYLE LIVING GROUP TO OPEN UNIQUE NEW SHOWROOM

NEW SHOWROOMLuxury residential and holiday park operator Lifestyle Living Group are moving to a purpose-built new showroom and offices in the heart of Cambridgeshire, where customers will be able to view residential park homes, lodges and static caravans under one roof.

Lordsbridge Farm, on Wimpole Road, Cambridge, is the only indoor showroom in the UK to feature an undercover selection of lodges, park homes and caravans.

Ryan Neill, owner of Lifestyle Living Group said, ‘Our wonderful new site is designed with our customers in mind. People can come along and browse all types of accommodation at their leisure, whatever the weather. We have stock for almost every budget.

‘All our full range of offerings will be available to view indoors as soon as the new flooring is laid and with dedicated staff on site, people can be assured of a premium service.’

New offices have also been built at the Farm, which sits very close to the M11, presenting visitors with the opportunity to review all eight of the group’s residential and holiday parks, stretching the length and breadth of the country, while comparing features and costs in comfort.

Ryan continued, ‘Pre-fabricated properties have continued to rise in popularity, and we foresee this fuelling further growth at Lifestyle Living Group in the years ahead. Bricks and mortar property prices are still on the up, making pre-fabricated builds a viable alternative, particularly with retirees who want to free up equity from their existing homes to enjoy a little comfort in their twilight years.

‘It’s a fresh start for us in an ideal location. When my family took ownership of the company last year we wanted to move to new offices in a place that is more accessible to our customers, with the capacity for a sales centre with the wow factor.’

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Towergate releases details of 2015 roadshow events

march newsAfter a successful 2014, where hundreds of park home residents attended its popular series of roadshows, Towergate Insurance has announced that it will be hosting a further quartet of events this year.

All the events will start at 3pm and finish at 5pm (doors will open at 2pm when tea and coffee will be available).

The events are free but it is essential to register as spaces are limited.

To register, you can either email paul.baker@towergate.co.uk or call 0844 8902 1417 providing your name, address, email and telephone contact details, and if possible your park home insurance renewal date.

The events are organised by Towergate Insurance and chaired by Paul Baker, the company’s park home account director.

Each event will feature a panel of four speakers including: Alan Savory MBE, from The Independent Park Home Advisory Service (IPHAS); Sonia McColl OBE, founder of the Park Home Owners’ Justice Campaign; Neil Miller or Sam Mayer, from park home legal experts Park Home Legal Services, and  Antony Tregenna or Ibraheem Dulmeer from LEASE, a non-departmental public  body funded by the Government to provide free and impartial legal advice on park home legislation.

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2015 – the hottest summer ever?

2015 – the hottest  summer ever?Some forecasters are predicting that summer 2015 is set to be the hottest in history, which has encouraged a leading park operator to suggest, ‘What better way to spend a hot summer than with a sizzling family holiday at award-winning Bunn Leisure Holiday Park!’

The park, located on the stunning Selsey peninsula in West Sussex, and boasting its own mile-long sandy beach, is the perfect destination for a break packed with family fun. Until 31 January, the park is offering massive discounts that will not be repeated at any other time this year. You’ll find Bunn Leisure’s best holidays at the very best prices, with up to 30 per cent off early summer holidays and 25 per cent off school summer holidays.

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Barton Park Homes up for sale

febnewsbarton90Global property advisor Colliers International has been instructed to sell Barton Park Homes, an established group of eight holiday and home parks located in various locations across England.

The group comprises a successful mix of established park home estates, mixed residential and holiday parks and an excellent opportunity in the form of a development site.

Occupying excellent trading locations, the group’s parks are located in Devon (Glenholt Park and Bittaford Wood), Somerset (Walton Bay and West Bay), North Yorkshire (Badger Hill and Hathaway Park), Cumbria (Orton Grange) and Lancashire (Willowgrove).

The parks are being put on the market with Colliers to enable the Barton Group to expand its other business interests. The parks are being marketed with a combined guide price of £22.55m.

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Flushed with success!

febnewsloo107A five-star caravan park on the Cambrian coast has completed a notable double at the Loo of the Year Awards 2014.

Min-y-Don Holiday Home and Touring Park, at Harlech, won the national category and market sector awards for holiday parks across the UK. In addition, the park retained the highest platinum grading at the presentation ceremony in Solihull.

Managers Sue and Richard Hodgson were delighted to regain the market sector award, having lost it last year to a caravan park in Scotland.

Since its introduction in 1987, the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has helped to encourage the highest possible standards in all types of ‘away from home’ or public toilets. The awards are run independently and promoted by the British Toilet Association. This year, there were more than 1,600 entries for the awards.

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WESTWOOD PARK

In our February issue (page 10), we published an article on Westwood Park, in St Osyth, Essex. We would like to clarify that this park currently holds a 12-month holiday park licence – not a full residential one - and so is not protected by the Mobile Homes Act.

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The Race of Remembrance

The Race of RemembranceBrynteg Holiday Home Park, based in Snowdonia, is a well-known and respected holiday home park, not only for its five-star park but also for its support of a range of charities and voluntary organisations, locally, regionally and nationally.

Last year Remembrance Sunday saw a very special event held by Mission Motorsport at the Anglesey  Circuit, set on the west coast of Anglesey, where former servicemen and past, current and up-and-coming racing professionals took to the track for a variety of races.

Speaking of his decision to support the event, owner of Brynteg James McAllister said, ‘We were keen to support such a memorable and fascinating event and I am sure everyone who took part gained much from it.  

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Best park in Britain!

Best park in Britain!One of the UK’s largest holiday park operators, Darwin Holiday and Leisure Resorts, is celebrating having just won a number of industry accolades.

Darwin’s Cheddar Woods Resort and Spa, located in Cheddar, Somerset, was named Best Park in Britain by industry stalwart Hoseasons at its recent annual awards.

Cheddar Woods also won in the Relax and Explore category for Devon, Dorset and Somerset. All in all, an outstanding achievement given that Cheddar Woods only opened in summer 2013, and this was the first year it was eligible to participate.  

Sister park Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park, located near Prestatyn, also won in the Relax and Explore category for Wales. Meanwhile, having been a runner up for a number of years, Sandymouth Holiday Home Park won the Family Fun category for Cornwall.

Lindsey Bamford, Managing Director of Darwin Holiday and Leisure Resorts, commented, ‘We’re thrilled that our parks have been recognised. We strive to offer our guests an outstanding holiday experience and winning awards based on customer feedback proves that we are achieving this.’

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