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7 November, 2010

Uk’s Leading Manufacturers Sign Up To 50th Boat & Caravan Show

boat_show_2011_logo The Boat & Caravan Show, the UK's largest show for outdoor leisure, taking place from 22 – 27 February 2011 at the NEC Birmingham, has confirmed the UK's leading caravan manufacturers have chosen the event to drive 2011 sales. This comes at a time when the British public's eagerness to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying in the UK shows no sign of abating.

Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Lunar, Coachman as well as French manufacturer Trigano have all confirmed their presence at the six day event, highlighting   the importance the event plays in the industry calendar.

Commenting on the commitment to the show by the leading manufacturers, Exhibition Director Andy Gibb said: "This is excellent news, not only for the event, but for the sector, and the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the show looking to view and purchase the newest Spring 2011 ranges.
"Our show has gained a reputation amongst the industry and manufacturers. They recognise the event introduces families and individuals to the 'great outdoors' and the advantages of taking caravan, boating, and camping holidays."

For further information on the Boat & Caravan Show and to benefit from special advanced ticket prices visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.

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4 February, 2010

Swift’s Special Restoration Project

Swift Group may be working flat out on its latest models for 2010 but a little corner of their giant plant is devoted to a very special project – the restoration of three classic caravans.

Chairman, Peter Smith has owned the classics for some years but with the Eccles celebrating its 90th birthday in 2009, it seemed a good time to get the restoration project off the ground.

eccles_1938 Oldest of the three caravans is the Eccles President from 1938 which made its debut at the 1937 Motor Show. The Eccles has spent most of its life under cover and was used for many years prior to the second world war. The caravan is complete with its original crockery pots and pans including egg cups and sherry glasses.

It has amazingly high specification with 12V lighting, built in water tank and wet cell radio, a table that has a cover for card games and a mat on the other side for letter writing. Thankfully some things have improved though as it was challenging to tow, max speed 25 mph and the nights were freezing.

To the get the Eccles back to its former glory, looking exactly as it did when it left the factory, the President has been stripped back to its shell and has been painstakingly brought back to its original condition.

Being worked on alongside the Eccles is one of Swift's originals, a 1964 Clubman Ten – which is having new upholstery, curtains and carpets to match the originals. Thanks to the skill of the time served craftsman, this 45 year old van will look as good as new.

The third classic project is a Safari Minor from 1948. This two-berth caravan was one of the first Safari caravans to be built and is again getting new soft furnishings in addition to body work repairs to return it to its former glory.

The three classics will be centre stage on the Swift Group stand at the NEC National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show 23-28 February 2010.

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13 November, 2009

Stylish Nights in an Airstream Luxury Caravan

The iconic American Airstream trailer has come of European age with a model made specifically for the European market.  It hasn't lost all the glitz that differentiates an Airstream from the rest but it has been slimmed down slightly for our smaller, twisty roads.  For the largest model you'll still need a mighty 4×4 to pull it but the aerodynamics could reduce your fuel bill by up to 20% compared to a standard "white" caravan.  You'll also need a hefty wallet but you'll never be lost in the crowd!

For a full report from The Telegraph click here

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25 October, 2009

East Yorkshire Caravan Firms On Top

Jim Hibbs, managing director of east Hull firm Coachman Caravans, said despite last year's near collapse, the sector had experience a "massive turnaround" in recent months.  He said the recovery was being driven by young families choosing to buy caravans instead of holidaying abroad.  The weak pound is also making caravans built in East Yorkshire attractive to foreign holiday park owners, which is bolstering export sales.

Mr Hibbs was speaking after local firms reported record sales at the annual International Caravan and Motorhome Show, held in Birmingham last week.

Beverley manufacturer Swift Group achieved total sales of £28m at the show – £10m more than last year.  It sold about 600 caravans.  Coachman, based in Amsterdam Road, sold 410 caravans, beating its 2007 record of 354.  The firm almost doubled its sales on last year, from £3.5m to £6.8m.

Mr Hibbs said: "It is a massive turnaround.  "More people are taking British holidays because they can't afford to go abroad. Its having a huge effect on the market.

Swift commercial director Nick Page added the company's performance in Birmingham had "exceeded our wildest expectations".

He said: "The mixture of existing owners coming back into the market and a large number of younger couples and families spending their holiday money on our products for the first time is really positive news going forward."

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26 March, 2008

Caravan firm makes it four awards in a row

A CARAVAN firm based in North East Wales has picked up a prestigious award for the fourth year running.

The family-run Fifth Wheel Company in Rhuallt designs and builds trailers which are a cross between a caravan and a motorhome.
Their products once again impressed the judges at the annual Caravan Club awards last month, where the company took home an award for its designs.
Operations director Adrian Parry-Jones said: "We're very proud of our products and winning this award for the fourth year running is a testament to our skilled and dedicated staff."
The Caravan Club award went to the firm's Celtic Rambler trailer.

From The Evening Leader

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15 March, 2008

Swift Group dominate the Caravan Club Design Awards 2008

The Swift Group swept the board at the recent Caravan Club Design Awards announced at the recent Boat Caravan and Outdoor Show held at the NEC Birmingham.

The company won three of the five awards outright and were also runners up in three of the categories, recording the best ever performance by both Swift and any company in the awards. 

Of the 15 products in first second or third places in the traditional caravan categories, nine were Swift Group products. “This is an outstanding result for the company and true independent recognition of the major progress the company has made in providing products that offer the highest overall standards in design, specification and value for money, making Swift the clear first choice of the majority of caravanners,” Nick Page, Commercial Director commented.

The list of awards are:


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23 December, 2007

Swift Win Top Motorhome Award

For the second year running the Swift Group have been awarded one of the top motorhome awards when they won the Motorhome Manufacturer of the year in the annual MMM magazine awards at the NEC.

This follows on from winning both the Motorhome of the Year and Low Profile of the Year awards at last year’s ceremony.

Announcing the awards, Managing Editor, Rob McDonnell said: “Not only have the Swift Group launched the widest range of new models on the new Fiat X2/50 cab onto the market this year, they have maintained a sustained new product launch programme that has been effectively communicated to both the media and the general public.”

As well as winning the Manufacturer of the Year title the Group’s Bessacarr E510 model won the silver award in the Low Profile category.

The awards come in a year when sales of the company’s Swift, Bessacarr and Ace ranges have reached all time record levels with the Group’s market share rising to around 25 per cent.

“It is always nice to receive awards, particularly form the team at MMM the motorhome markets leading magazine. This has been a tremendous year for the whole team at Swift, and with more new products on the horizon we are confident of maintaining this level of success in 2008,” Group Marketing Director Richard White commented.

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14 September, 2007

Swift offer AL-KO ATC system as an option on most ranges

The Swift Group has announced it will be offering the new AL-KO Automatic Trailer Control System (ATC) as either a manufacturer fitted or dealer fitted option on all of the company’s 2008 models in the Abbey, Ace, Sterling, Swift and Sprite ranges.

The ATC system, which is designed to improve safety in a similar way to car electronic stability control systems, is only activated when normal control is marginal or lost. It detects excessive lateral movement in the caravan and gently applies the trailer’s brakes until stability is restored.

It does not replace the AL-KO AKS stabiliser, which is designed to improve outfit stability at speed, and is fitted as standard to most Swift products.

 “Our own testing and customer experience tells us that all Swift Group caravans are inherently safe and stable and instability is very rare, therefore, we have currently decided not to fit the system as standard,” Swift Product Director, Steve Trossell commented.

 However, for those owners wanting to specify the new system, it can be fitted to all the new Swift Challenger, Abbey GTS, Sterling Eccles and Ace Award models and all 08 plated models in the remaining Swift, Abbey, Sterling and Ace ranges. It is also available as a dealer fit option on the Sprite range.

 The cost of having the system fitted will be £399.50 including VAT.

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