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Going for gold

Going for gold

Triple Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft has thanked specialist park home and holiday home insurer Caravan Guard for sponsoring her from the very start of her medal-winning career. Just a week after returning from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, ‘Hurricane Hannah’ invited her local company to a celebration lunch. The 24-year-old wheelchair racer shared her Paralympic stories and her delight at bringing home three gold medals, as well as breaking a world record in the T34 400m race. Hannah also gave her heartfelt thanks to all her sponsors for their support – singling out Caravan Guard for being behind her from the start.

The Halifax-based caravan and motorhome insurance specialist has sponsored Hannah for the past seven years, helping her to pay for her racing wheelchair, as well as replacement wheels, tyres, gloves, speedometers, physio and travel expenses to competitions.

Big day at Tingdene Homes’ Visitor Centre a success

Big day at Tingdene Homes’ Visitor Centre a success

One of the UK’s best-known park home and leisure lodge manufacturers opened its doors to the public in October.
Tingdene Homes’ ever-popular open day event took place at its Visitor Centre in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on 8 October.

Scores of visitors viewed a wealth of Tingdene homes, which are on permanent display at the state-of-the-art complex. They also got to talk to the friendly Tingdene team and have their questions answered.

But there was much more in store for attendees. There was a free treasure hunt, with a top prize of an overnight hotel stay and a dinner-for-two. There were guided factory tours, offering a valuable insight into the build process, and a chance to understand the technical aspects of construction.

Park site operators were also on hand throughout the day to discuss what their developments have to offer. Tingdene’s Locate-a-park team also helped customers with their park-related queries.  

Refreshments were available with a light buffet lunch also provided.  For more information about Tingdene Homes, please visit www.tingdene.co.uk.

Cornish park raises cash for life saving defibrillator

Cornish park raises cash for life saving defibrillator

The residents’ association at a Cornish park raised more than £2,500 to buy a defibrillator in just six weeks with the help of big-hearted insurance company, Towergate.

The committee at Honicombe Park, in Callington, purchased the life-saving defibrillator and a cabinet to house it in, exceeding their £2,400 target and raising an impressive £2,691.66 in total.

Park residents participated by filling hexagon-shaped Smartie tubes with 20p coins; each tube, if filled to the top, contained £12. This idea, the brainchild of the residents’ association treasurer Terry Smith, helped garner £518 of the total.

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Bourne identity

Bourne identity

Specialist Kintech recently won a contract with Bourne Leisure for its recently-launched SafeStor all-steel storage unit to be made available for sale to owners of all holiday homes and static caravans at the majority of Bourne’s 37 Haven parks throughout the UK.

The Haven sites accommodate approximately 26,000 holiday homes and caravans, and, within the first 12 weeks of the arrangement being finalised, Kintech had sold over 750 SafeStor units.

Kintech Sales Director Shaun Caddick said: ‘Bourne Leisure has specified SafeStor because its galvanised steel construction means that it is non-combustible, strong and weatherproof, and its multi point locking system with anti-drill and pick properties offers high levels of security.’

New role for Ray

New role for Ray

Europe’s oldest park and leisure home manufacturer has announced the appointment of a key new member of its sales team.

Stately-Albion, which is based in Abercarn, near Newport, recruited Ray Currie from Pathfinder Homes on 12 September 2016.

Mr Currie will become the manufacturer’s first key accounts executive for Scotland and northern England.

Stately-Albion already has a strong business presence in the north of the country, particularly in Scotland, but this has grown to such an extent that a dedicated person for the area is now required.

Mr Currie’s principal duties will be to service existing, loyal residential park customers that the company has in the north.  

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INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT GROWTH STRATEGY

INVESTMENT TO SUPPORT GROWTH STRATEGY

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).

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NEW OWNER SECURED FOR CHESHIRE MOBILE HOME PARK

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.

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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.

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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.