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Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes are delighted to announce that they have secured a multi-million pound investment from Praesidian Capital Europe, together with further investment from existing shareholders, the management team and the new, non-executive chairman, Paul Bentley.

The Group has grown significantly in recent years, to become one of the market leaders.

Market leading

Founder director, Silvano Geranio, said, ‘We thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their part in helping us rise to such a prominent position in the industry.

‘Nevertheless, we believe that there is further opportunity for us all to build on this success, in our existing markets and also new ones, some of which we are already working on with our customers.’  To facilitate this growth strategy, Debbie Foulke has now been formally appointed as managing director, with the continued support of Mr Geranio (founder director), Mark Christison (finance director), Andrew Westwood and Jonathan Wake (sales directors) and Steve Arnett (production director).



NEW OWNER SECURED FOR CHESHIRE MOBILE HOME PARKInternational real estate advisor Savills has sold Park View Mobile Home Park in Cheshire on behalf of The Park Garage Limited to a private operator. The property was offered at a guide price of £800,000.

The freehold property accommodates 26 mobile home pitches together with a range of separately let workshops, offices and a car sales forecourt all within 2.09 acres (0.9 hectares). The property is situated within the village of Broomedge close to the M6 and M56 motorways.  

Robert Gale-Hasleham, director in the leisure and trade team at Savills, commented: ‘Park View is a well-established mobile home park with good transport connectivity close to the M56.

‘With all 26 developed pitches occupied by privately owned mobile homes, it offered an attractive investment opportunity.’

Image: Picturesque Park View Mobile Home Park, in Cheshire

MP helps Lancs park celebrate 50 golden years

Lamleach-003Lamaleach Park Estates, in Freckleton, Lancashire, marked its golden anniversary with a series of events including an open day on 16 July.

VIP guests included Fylde constituency MP Mark Menzies, Fylde’s mayoress, councillor Christine Akeroyd, and other local officials.

Opening the proceedings was Paul Lancaster, whose grandfather Jack took the decision to diversify his dairy farm in 1966 by providing park homes for sale to mature couples.
The park’s tranquil, rural setting just outside the coastal resort of Lytham soon began attracting buyers in search of a practical retirement location.

The expansion of Lamaleach continued under the stewardship of Jack’s son Michael, who has now handed day-to-day management over to his son Paul and his wife Jane, a district nurse.


Omar Group officially opens new £1.1m factory

Factory-Opening-Main1Local dignitaries, customers, suppliers and key contractors joined park home and lodge manufacturer Omar for the official opening of its new £1.1m, 43,806 sq. ft. factory extension in Brandon.  The commissioning of the new finishing bays marks the start of an exciting new era for the company; the added factory capacity supports the on-going growth of the business, helping to address market demand for both its lodges and retirement park homes, it will also create over 80 new jobs in Brandon and help to fund local council services.

As a market leading, solutions provider, designer and manufacturer to the residential park home and lodge park marketplace, Omar Group has built an impressive brand portfolio over recent years and now encompasses four distinct and respected brands: Omar Park & Leisure Homes, Wessex Unique Lodges & Park Homes, Omar Park Development Services (OPDS) and Boutique Lodges, Holidays by Omar.

The Omar Group team has worked tirelessly over the past six years to more than treble their sales, taking the group from a £10m business in 2010, to a business with turnover in excess of £30m in 2015.


Omar’s show highlights

October hol omarOmar was delighted to return to The Caravan Extravaganza (The Lawns), at Cottingham near Hull, with several of its luxury lodge models on display, including three stunning new models that were unveiled for the very first time; the all-new 2016 Manhattan (single lodge), the 2016 Southwold (single lodge) and the 2016 Westfield luxury lodge.

The all-new 2016 Manhattan is a sophisticated and stylish lodge which sets a whole new standard in the mid to high-end, single luxury lodge market. Meanwhile, built to full residential standard BS3632:2015, the Southwold single luxury lodge offers a luxurious yet affordable introduction to lodge living.  Finally, the affordable Westfield has been a popular choice with leisure parks for many years, which has led to it becoming the UK’s most popular letting lodge. The new 2016 model, thanks to customer feedback, is now better than ever and incorporates more storage and has a lovely relaxed holiday feel with a fresh new colour scheme.

Max effort

October hol maxMacmillan Cancer Support fundraiser Max Ball was recently joined by four of his Salop Leisure workmates and friends in conquering the National Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours. They conquered Mount Snowdon with just 15 minutes to spare and hope to have raised more than £2,000, which takes Max, 25, over the £8,000 target he set when he decided to take on 12 different sponsored challenges - MaxAndTheMac12 - during 2016. All the money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, which is supporting his father, Steve, who was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer last October, and his family.


Lifestyle living group make grand appearance

Lifestyle living group make grand appearance Holiday home and park operator Lifestyle Living UK showed off its scenic parks, luxury lodges and holiday homes to the public at the annual Norfolk Show from 29 to 30 June.

Visitors got to run the rule over exclusive properties available like the spectacular ABI Ashcroft on Lifestyle Living’s impressive stand.

Lodges and park homes are currently available at Haveringland Hall Country Park on the outskirts of Norwich. Set in 150 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside, the park is surrounded by mature woodland, picture postcard views and lakes brimming with fish, making it ideal for keen anglers and those who just need a holiday retreat.


Durham deal

Durham dealThe specialist holiday parks team of agent Colliers International has just sold two high quality parks in County Durham, namely Kingfisher and Heatherview Country Parks, near Stanhope in the Wear Valley. These parks boast a combined total of 439 holiday home pitches and have planning permission in place to develop further. The vendors, Park Leisure 2000, acquired the parks in 1999 and have sold to the expanding Verdant Leisure for an undisclosed sum.

‘Holiday parks of this size, quality and trading record rarely become available to acquire and it was no surprise that they fitted the criteria of a progressive operator such as Verdant,’ said Richard Moss, head of Colliers International’s parks team, who advised Park Leisure on the sale.

He added,‘The demand for quality parks remains high and we are delighted to have brokered a discreet deal between two excellent companies.’

Happy hampers!

Happy hampers!Visitors to the Paul Baker Insurance Services stand at the World of Park & Leisure Homes Show were invited to enter a prize draw to win a superb luxury hamper.

The lucky winners were Stephen and Heather Philpott, seen here receiving the hamper from Paul Baker.

Stephen and Heather are in the process of purchasing their first park home at The Beeches, near Minchinhampton, in Gloucestershire, and are really looking forward to moving in shortly.

They have bought an almost new pre-owned home on this lovely rural park so the hamper was a fabulous way to celebrate their purchase and the start of their new lifestyle. We wish them every success with the move and every happiness in their new home!

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£3m Extension to Tingdene’s production facilities

£3m Extension to Tingdene’s production facilitiesPlanning permission has been granted for Tingdene to forge ahead with a £3m extension to its production facilities at its HQ in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Tingdene Homes manufactures residential park homes and holiday lodges and currently employs more than 200 staff.
The £3m extension is due for completion in 2017 with opportunities being created for around 40 new members of staff across the many production disciplines, stores and offices to join its dedicated workforce.

Once complete, the works are aimed at improving efficiencies and increasing productivity with two production lines, instead of the current one.

This will increase output, which will be a major bonus for Tingdene’s client base, as it will effectively shorten the lead time for the products which are in high demand.

Nick Burgess, sales and marketing director, commented: ‘We have seen a big increase and interest in holiday lodges over the last few years from some major players and also from key new developments.

‘All the indicators are that this will continue to grow over the forthcoming years in line with the desire for families to own their own holiday home and parks to develop their hire fleet as the staycation market continues to expand in the UK.  

‘The extension is not just about increasing production, it is also set to become a state-of-the-art factory that will set itself apart from others within the industry.

‘The new factory and associated stores and offices will also ensure quality efficiencies of build and continual improvement of the working conditions, both of which are something that the business is dedicated to providing.’

Should you wish to find out more about Tingdene’s range of park homes and holiday lodges, please visit or telephone the company on 01933 230130.

Left: Tingdene Homes’ impressive Visitor Centre is located in the heart of the UK in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire