Park Holidays UK
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|Type||Private Limited Company|
|Industry||Leisure / Holiday|
|Predecessor(s)||Cinque Ports Leisure Ltd
(to January 2007)
|Founded||1984 (original co.)|
|Founder(s)||Peter Bull & Jim Watson|
|Headquarters||Hastings, East Sussex|
|Number of locations||23 caravan holiday parks in southern England|
|Key people||Jeffrey Sills
|Services||Operation of holiday home parks|
|Operating income||£17.1m (2010)|
|Owner(s)||Caledonia Investments Plc|
|Employees||654 (average, 2010)|
Park Holidays UK operate 23 holiday parks in the South of England and are the largest holiday park operator along the South Coast. Many of their Holiday Parks have achieved the David Bellamy Conservation award for work carried out to protect and enhance Britain’s natural environment. Park Holidays UK are also members of industry trade associations the British Holiday and Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) and the National Caravan Council.
The company was originally called Cinque Ports Leisure, founded by Peter Bull and Jim Watson in the mid 1980s. Frenchmans Beach at Rye Harbour was the first park to be owned, and as the company expanded to include other Kent and East Sussex parks the name Cinque Ports Leisure was introduced to emphasize the regional base, Cinque Ports being a collection of five Kent and East Sussex ports.
In total Park Holidays UK now operates five Parks in Devon (Riviera Bay, Landscove, Waterside, Dawlish Sands, Golden Sands) one in Dorset (Sandhills), one in Hampshire (Solent Breezes), five in Sussex (Beauport, Coghurst Hall, Chichester Lakeside, Winchelsea Sands, Rye Harbour Holiday Park), five in Kent (Marlie, New Beach, Alberta, Seaview, Harts), four in Essex (Steeple Bay, Oaklands, Seawick, St Osyth Beach) and two in Suffolk (Felixstowe Beach, Suffolk Sands).
In 2006 the business was sold to Graphite Capital, with Peter Bull continuing his involvement and in 2007 he was awarded the Ernst & Young London entrepreneur of the year award. The company changed name to Park Holidays UK in 2007, reflecting its more national coverage having expanded into South Devon. In 2009 the company was nominated for 'Best UK Domestic Holiday Operator' in the British Travel Awards.
In November 2013, Caledonia Investments Plc acquired a majority stake in Park Holidays UK and will be providing a platform for further improvements to existing parks and growth through acquisitions.
In recent years all Park Holidays UK parks have been awarded ‘Approved Holiday Park’ status by the National Caravan Council (NCC). Park Holidays UK was also awarded the prestigious ‘Investors in People – Bronze Award’ status in recognition of the training and development of their staff.
Park Holidays UK has 2 kids club characters, these are Loopy Rabbit who is the main character and Cyril the Squirrel. These characters can usually be seen around the parks on most days and also make regular appearances at Kids Club events. Loopy also has his own website.
- Park Holidays UK Limited, Directors' Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2010, approved 16 May 2011
- "About Park Holidays UK". Retrieved December 2013.
- "Environmental Work by Park Holidays UK". Retrieved January 2012.
- "Park Holidays UK History". Retrieved December 2013.
- Loopy Club Website. "Loopy Club Website". Retrieved January 2012.