BRITISH CARAVAN AND motorhome manufacturers proved that home products still have the

edge when it comes to buying new.


After a summer of British pride and

celebration, we now have something else to shout about. British products and

manufacturing may well be showing signs of recovery from the recession, with

the UK’s six main motorhome manufacturers still popular among buyers.


Brownhills Newark held the Auto-Trail 2013

model launch in September, showing over 600 customers the entire new model



Auto-Trail representatives explained the

design and enhancements in the new motorhomes and how they have improved on

2012’s range. They also announced that for a limited time, prices are set to

remain the same as last year’s.


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The event was a success, with Brownhill’s

Sales Director, Andy Craggs, commenting that he was “delighted” that they

reached a record level of sales. 25 customers placed orders on the day, and

still more will be doing so in the coming months.


The new design Auto-Trail was such a hit

that the company has already ordered over 100 of the new range, which will no

doubt boost the British manufacturer’s business. Brownhills also offer a Fiat

approved workshop, parts department, and accessories shop to take care of your

caravan or motorhome.


Brownhills made the event into an

entertaining weekend, showing that British companies can still make a splash.


Both evenings saw the customers musically

entertained, with Abba Revival on the Friday, and a cast of West End stars headed

by Rachael Wooding and accompanied by their four-piece band on the Saturday.

They also had full access to the club facilities, including swimming pool,

sauna, Jacuzzi and club lounge, usually restricted to Club members.


This is clearly a manufacturer that is

going strong, giving hopes of recovery for the British economy and encouraging

customers to buy new motorhomes.



of Britannia

Make it British’s “Best of Britannia” event

is also a ray of hope, which will showcase only truly British brands, from

clothing and accessories to Pashley and Moulton bicycles, musical entertainment

and the traditional English tea, served up by Rosy Lee Tea of London.


The event will also feature British

furniture and lighting designers, artists and filmmakers. Antony Wallis,

curator of the event, is trying to fill a gap in the market, showing not only

heritage brands, but also “the here-and-now and the future of British product

innovation, design and manufacturing”. We have pointed out that the Best of Britannia website needs to include motorhomes and caravans, even if they’re too big for the exhibition itself.


The event is being held in the historical

Farmiloe Building in Clerkenwell, on October 5 – 7. The first day is exclusive

to traders, with the rest of the weekend opening up to the public.



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