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.
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.