Here at Sell My Group, we work closely with Omar, the country’s premier park home and holiday lodge manufacturer, who recently unveiled an impressive new £1.1 million factory extension in Brandon, Suffolk.
The extension, which houses eight new finishing bays is one of the first steps in an exciting new period for the company, which will hopefully help to address the growing market demand for park homes and holiday lodges, as well as create over 80 new jobs.
The Omar Group has been a big success story in the park home industry, experiencing rapid growth and more than trebling their sales over the last six years and increasing their portfolio over four different brands, and they also featured in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ in February.
The new factory also continues their commitment to creating jobs in the park home industry, having created as many as 210 over the last three years alone, in roles as wide ranging as IT and design to carpentry and plumbing.
Having already expanded their operations to a new plant based in Hull, the firm decided that they needed to continue to address the overwhelming demand for park homes by taking the steps to build this new extension in Suffolk.
In total, the 43,806 sq. ft. extension comprises of eight specially designed new finishing bays, additional storage space and a new flooring area, and was made possible by a £500k investment from the local district council.
Dean Westmoreland, chief executive of Omar Group said at the official opening: “Thanks to our strong working relationship with Forest Heath District Council, our new factory extension will enable us to continue with our ambitious growth strategy, deliver genuine quality and efficiency improvements and add a further 80 new full-time jobs to the 210 we have created in the past three years.
“Following the referendum, staycations are all set to continue to boom and our park homes should thrive due to a shortage of age-appropriate, affordable, single-story housing.
“I am delighted that the new factory is now up and running and look forward to welcoming over 80 new members to the Omar team.”
These developments show just what good health the park home and holiday lodge markets are in, as we pointed out in this blog post in September.
In this, we spoke of a number of reasons why the industry is experiencing such a boom.
These included the wider increase in staycations, which has only been strengthened by the fall of the value of the pound in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
In addition, the rising price of bricks and mortar homes has made it more appealing for many to make the move to a park home, and new laws in introduced over the last few years have helped to give much greater protection to park home residents.
All of this is great news for the industry, and we’re glad to see that Omar are taking such positive steps to meet demand!