Bailey saw its turnover increasing by 45.9% last year to £97.2m, despite the impact of the ‘pingdemic’ on staffing.

The rise in turnover helped the firm’s operating profit to climb back into the black at just under £50,000, compared with 2020’s loss of £1.2m.

Once losses on discontinued operations, including its now closed Australian subsidiary, are taken into account, the company made an overall pre-tax loss of just under £500,000, down from just over £1.5m in 2020.

In a statement accompanying the annual figures, the firm – who you can find out more about in our guide to the best motorhome brands – said business was particularly impacted by staff absence in July last year. This saw 20% of its workforce – around 70 people – had to self-isolate. It was also affected by well-publicised supply chain issues.

However, it believes these are now behind it, and says it stands to benefit from continuing strong demand, and its decision to split production, with one line for caravans and one for motorhomes to increase efficiency. The manufacturer also had a successful Practical Motorhome Awards, winning the best 6 berth motorhome category through the Bailey Autograph 81-6.

Bailey marketing director Simon Howard and brand ambassador Lee Davey have just completed a two-week tour of seven component suppliers, aimed at highlighting just how many different parts go into a Bailey vehicle.

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