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A commitment to quality

Decnews3After the launch of the Prestige & Homeseeker apprenticeship programme in the summer, 15 successful candidates are now settling into their new roles within the business.

The candidates, based over two manufacturing sites at Kettering and Rushden, will now complete a two-year maintenance operations apprenticeship programme and work alongside skilled and experienced team leaders. They will complete four elements of trade: carpentry, decorating, plumbing and electrics.

New apprentice Loren commented: ‘Everyone is really nice and supportive and the atmosphere is very good. I learnt a lot in my first week.

Twins Alex and James said: ‘It’s been really enjoyable, we see it as an exciting opportunity.’

Prestige & Homeseeker Academy was introduced to develop young talent from within, ensuring the business has the skills, knowledge and capability to continue to be a success in the future. Established in 1987, Prestige & Homeseeker is one of the UK’s leading park home and leisure lodge manufacturers.

The company is based at: Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes, 8 Shipton Way, Express Business Park, Rushden NN10 6GL. For more information, please call 0845 0702345 or visit

Don’t forget the Warm Home Discount Scheme!

decnews2Park home residents across the UK could be eligible to receive a £140 contribution towards their winter energy costs through the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Park home residents have been able to apply for the scheme from 9 October by contacting 0330 380 1040 or visiting the website at


Inspirational Omar!

decnews1Further to being announced, once again, as one of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain, Omar has also been selected as one of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe for a second time. This landmark publication, produced by the London Stock Exchange Group, lists the 1,000 most dynamic and fastest-growing Small and Medium-sized Enterprizes (SMEs) in Europe; only 170 British businesses have received this honour.  

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years. As well as identifying 1,000 high performing companies, the annual report also examines the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the British and European economies. The full report and further detail on the methodology can be found in the book 1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe and online at


Park finds touching way to aid animal welfare

newsMeerkats, pythons and a giant tortoise raised both smiles and funds for animal welfare this August at The Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire.

The exotic guests were the centrepiece of a well-attended wildlife discovery day at the Torksey park, held for residents and their friends and families.

But the animals – which also included a bearded dragon, barn owl, lizard, raccoon and a skunk  – weren’t just there to be admired by everyone.

That’s because the children and grown-ups in attendance were able to enjoy a hands-on experience by petting and even holding some of them in their arms.

All the park asked for in return was a small donation for any photographs taken, with all the proceeds supporting animal welfare and conservation bodies.


Multi-million pound deal boosts park operator

newsLuxury residential park specialist Countrywide Park Homes has secured a multi-million pound deal in a bid to source new developments as part of its bold expansion plans for 2017.

After Countrywide’s acquisition of the exclusive Carlton Meres Country Park in Suffolk back in April, the company has recently sold the park to Park Leisure Holiday Homes for an impressive sum in excess of £13 million.

The sale included 280 luxury lodges alongside 200 new plots for development.

‘Park Leisure approached us with an offer that has enabled our business to not only secure considerable investment for future developments, it will also boost our current portfolio of 13 parks with plans for new features and improved facilities,’ said Anthony Barney, Countrywide Park Homes’ owner and chairman.


A special relationship

newsUS-based private equity real estate investor Heathside Capital has teamed up with the UK-based Wyldecrest Parks to expand into manufactured home communities in the US.
Wyldecrest Parks – founded and managed by the British Romany Gypsy entrepreneur Alfie Best – is the UK’s largest mobile home park operator that owns 52 premier residential parks across England, Scotland and Wales and offers the highest standard residential and holiday communities. Heathside Capital and Wyldecrest Parks will headquarter their US offices in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wyldecrest Parks’ Chairman will initially head Wyldecrest Parks America and will leverage his team’s operational expertise acquired in the UK with the portfolio management expertise of Heathside Capital to grow the new platform.  The new venture will initially focus on acquiring existing assets and portfolios across select geographies that have significant growth potential, and consolidate them into a unified operation.


New HR Director for Omar Group

newsOmar Group is delighted to announce that, with the continuing expansion of the group, Karen Wilson has been appointed to join the executive management team in the role of human resources director. Karen, a highly motivated and strategic thinking HR professional, joined the organisation on 31 July.

The position of human resources director has been created by Omar Group CEO and chairman, Dean Westmoreland, following recent significant investment from Rutland Partners, a private equity investor, which has enabled Omar to further expand the business. Omar operates from two well-established facilities in Brandon and Hull and has a workforce of approximately 400. Given the successful organic growth of the business and having historically outperformed the market, doubling sales in the last three years, Omar is set to create more job opportunities with further expansion in both Brandon and Hull.


Boost for business

newsPark home and lodge site operator, Countrywide Park Homes, has recently secured a multi-million pound deal to sell one of its parks, in a bid to raise capital to source new developments, as part of bold expansion plans. After Countrywide’s acquisition of the exclusive Carlton Meres Country Park in Suffolk back in April, the company has recently sold the plot to Park Holidays for an impressive sum in excess of £13 million.

‘Park Holidays approached us with an offer that has enabled our business to not only secure considerable investment for future developments, it will also boost our current portfolio of 13 parks with plans for new features and improved facilities,’ said Anthony Barney, Countrywide Park Homes’ owner and chairman. He continued, ‘We are seeking to invest in a number of UK locations, both now and in the foreseeable future, so we would like to invite any park owners that are interested in selling to get in touch.’

Buy-to-let bonus!

ocrnews94Adding to the appeal of owning a holiday caravan or lodge, people who turn their holiday homes into cash generators during the school summer holidays are now scooping pay-outs of more than £5,500 each, according to the findings of Park Holidays UK. This claim comes after recent analysis by the company of the earning patterns among customers who sub-let during the season of peak demand.

Park Holidays UK says that many owners let go of just six weeks in July and August to maximise income, and then enjoy well over 40 weeks of their own exclusive use. But, such people aren’t necessarily missing out on a summer break, says the company, because what they earn can more than cover the cost of a holiday abroad.

As a note of caution from us on the magazine, not all park operators will allow you to sub-let your holiday home, so be sure to check before you buy.

Omar Group enters refurb fray

newsTo further support the park home and luxury lodge marketplace, and in recognition of a growing need for reputable, specialist, park home and lodge refurbishment services, Omar Group is delighted to announce the launch of Omar Refurbishment Services.
With more than 50 years’ experience in building luxury park homes and lodges, in a logical progression for the group, Omar Refurbishment Services has been created to provide a wide range of refurbishment services, on all makes and models, to lodge and park home owners throughout the UK.

With ever-improving build standards, the life expectancy of lodges and park homes continues to rise, and for homeowners who want to upgrade their existing property rather than buy new, or for those looking for the latest in kitchen or bathroom design, refurbishment can make great sense.

This new venture gives park home and lodge owners the opportunity to transform their property both inside and out. With competitive pricing, all work guaranteed and high quality workmanship and materials from a name they can trust, customers will also benefit from peace of mind that their homes’ specification will be maintained and that the work carried out will be to the correct specification and not impact their warranty.
With work carried out by a team of friendly and knowledgeable industry specialists, exterior services include: roofing, from refurbishment work to full roof replacements; chassis and under-floor repairs; replacement of fascias, soffits, guttering and downpipes; insulation upgrades; replacement uPVC double glazed windows and doors; and exterior finish refurbishment. Kitchen and bathroom refits and new fitted bedrooms will also be offered.