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Staycation-driven boom

augnews1One of the UK’s premier touring caravan, motorhome and holiday caravan dealers, Salop Leisure, attracted nearly 19,000 visitors to its annual West Midlands Caravan and Motorhome Spring Show, in Shrewsbury. The event was 18 per cent up on last year and sales across the business increased by between 15 and 20 per cent. It seems that more people are now looking to holiday in the UK, with this dramatic increase in ‘staycations’ helping the sales boom.

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IN THE KNOW

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The Omar Group’s Richard Sigsworth answers prospective park home owners’ buying questions…

Q: I remember when park homes were basic structures and a world apart from today's beautiful, well-insulated homes. With all the advances in technology, I was interested to find out what the next big thing to be seen in park homes is likely to be?

A: Over the next few years I believe we will see many new innovations in the area of increased insulation; helping owners to reduce running costs whilst creating a more environmentally friendly home. Here are a few examples of technologies that are likely to be seen in park homes in the near future.

Nano Technology Paint sounds like it’s come straight out of a sci-fi movie, and if I hadn’t have seen it for myself, I wouldn't have believed it! As the name suggests, technicians have suspended particles as small as a nanometre (one billionth of a metre) within a latex solution; these tiny particles trap heat. As strange as it may sound, manufacturers claim that only two coats of this insulating paint can mirror the effects of traditional insulation.

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Barney buys back Lifestyle Living

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Experienced park operator Tony Barney has purchased the Lifestyle Living group just three years after selling the business

Residential and holiday parks owned and run by Lifestyle Living UK Ltd will continue to operate as normal under new ownership.

FRP Advisory, the business advisory firm, has sold the business and assets of Lifestyle Living UK to a group owned and operated by Tony Barney, the experienced park operator.

The sale was sealed after four months of continuous trading at all Lifestyle Living UK Ltd sites across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cumbria.

The administrators concluded that the offer from Tony Barney, who will continue to trade the business and its sites under the Lifestyle Living brand, offered the best value and certainty in the interests of all creditors and other stakeholders.

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Putting health first

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Holiday home owners at Verdant Leisure’s Kingfisher Leisure Park have raised £1,200 for a new park defibrillator. The Easter fundraising weekend began with a wine and cheese quiz night on the Friday, which all owners and guests at Kingfisher Leisure Park were invited to. On Saturday, the park hosted a Family Funday, with a bouncy castle and hog roast, followed by an auction in the afternoon. On Sunday, the park celebrated with an egg hunt and a special visit from the Easter Bunny!

Stuart Wood, General Manager at the park, commented, ‘Everyone at Kingfisher Leisure Park had an absolutely brilliant time raising money for the new defibrillator. We can’t believe the total amount raised was so much! We are so grateful to everyone that contributed to the life-saving equipment for our park.’

Red alert!

julyhol1Multiple sightings of red squirrels at Cumbria's Skelwith Fold caravan park are causing excitement among holidaymakers – and especially youngsters. The wildlife-friendly Ambleside park says the red revival is evidence of the success of its 12-year conservation programme to encourage the animals' return.

Now guests at Skelwith Fold are reporting regular appearances of the red squirrel colonies which are beginning to thrive in the 130 acre grounds of the park.

Tempting the elusive reds back has required a concerted effort by the park and its staff over a period of more than a decade. It required a reduction in the number of grey squirrels through humane culling, and a woodland management scheme to ensure that the natural environment remained red-friendly.

Beware of the hidden costs!

Beware of the hidden costs!When comparing park home insurance quotations, it is worth bearing in mind the hidden costs which are often overlooked. It’s a bit like cheap air fares where you pay an awful lot more for in hold baggage and other benefits that are often included in higher priced flights.

So what are the hidden costs – costs that are rarely, if ever, referred to in the quotation conversation but which are included in the copious small print you typically receive with insurance quotations?

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STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE FOR CRANSLEY HOSPICE

STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE FOR CRANSLEY HOSPICEIt was a wet cold morning in March but this didn’t stop the staff and family of Prestige and Homeseeker, and the company’s friends of Midshires Electrical, who took part in Stanwick Lakes 10k and 5k runs. They were determined to raise money in aid of Cransley Hospice and the funds continued to rise after the event, hitting above targets!

Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes is one of largest employers in Northamptonshire, employing more than 450 people across two sites in Kettering and Rushden.

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Welsh park for sale

june news3On behalf of a private client, agent Savills has brought Trawsfynydd Holiday Village, in Snowdonia National Park, to market, with a guide price of £3.495 million.

The luxury leisure lodge park is set within approximately 60 acres of picturesque countryside and has planning permission for a total of 347 lodges, with 306 currently in place.The lodges are a mixture of leasehold, freehold and company owned letting units together with a holiday cottage and bunkhouse.

The site itself is well appointed with a centrally located recreation field and playground with timber play equipment.

For further information about the park, please contact Richard Prestwich at Savills on 01244 702 053.

New £3m piazza

june news1Derbyshire-based marina and holiday home development Mercia Marina has begun work on a new £3m retail, restaurant and office development. The building, called The Piazza, will sit alongside the marina’s popular, award-winning Boardwalk development, which opened in 2014. The three-and-four-storey Piazza building will create a public space around the marina’s unique five-sided bandstand. The Piazza is scheduled for completion in December.

The restaurant space will have a dual outlook, one side overlooking the water and the other side overlooking the public piazza and bandstand. Of the six shops under construction, two are already let and talks are ongoing for a third.

Early season breaks

Early season breaksWith eight holiday parks across Argyll, operator Argyll Holidays says it can help families make caravan memories that will last a lifetime, with the season really kicking off with super Easter breaks, popular with families. The park operator is even offering tips to help with your break, including ‘stargazing from the comfort of your caravan balcony’, going on to explain that, ‘On a clear night there’s plenty to see from our Drimsynie and Hunters Quay holiday parks’.

parks also offer the chance for families to try something new when on holiday, such as riding a quadbike, taking an archery lesson or enjoying a Water Walk on Loch Goil. Even a simple walk in the woods can turn into a major adventure for little ones. For more details, visit: www.argyllholidays.com