An excited new generation joins Prestige & Homeseeker Apprenticeship Academy

An excited new generation joins Prestige & Homeseeker Apprenticeship Academy

After the launch of the Prestige & Homeseeker apprenticeship programme in June, 15 successful candidates are now settling into their new roles within the business. The 15 candidates based over two manufacturing sites, Kettering and Rushden, will now complete a two-year maintenance operations apprenticeship programme and work alongside skilled and experienced team leaders. They will complete 4 elements of trade: carpentry, decorating, plumbing and electrics.

New apprentice Loren commented: “Everyone is really nice and supportive and the atmosphere is good, I learnt a lot in my first week”.

Twins Alex and James said “It’s been really enjoyable, we see it as an exciting opportunity”.

Prestige and Homeseeker Academy was introduced to develop young talent from within, ensuring the business has the skills, knowledge and capability to continue to be a success in the future.

 

About Prestige and Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes
Established in 1987, Prestige & Homeseeker are the UK’s leading park home and leisure lodge manufacturer.
They have an admirable reputation for iconic designs, quality and service which is combined with highly driven and motivated employees, making them one of the largest park home and leisure lodge manufacturers in the industry. Even though they have grown significantly over the years, with over 450 employees in and around the Northamptonshire area, they still retain that personal touch; a family company with ‘old fashioned values’.

For more information contact:
Samantha Baylis
Marketing Manager
Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes
8 Shipton Way
Express Business Park
Rushden
NN10 6GL
Tel: 0845 0702345
www.prestigeandhomeseeker.com

Expanding Development Team at Prestige & Homeseeker

Expanding Development Team at Prestige & Homeseeker

Dave Hember has taken up the position of business development manager at Prestige & Homeseeker. He joins the successful company with a wealth of experience in the park home and leisure industry.

Debbie Foulke, Managing Director, comments: “The team and I are really pleased that Dave has joined us. He has some great industry knowledge, understands the product and the opportunities for us as a business, and has a great positive energy. Looking forward to the journey.”

Dave Hember said, “I am delighted to have joined Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes as Business Development Manager. I am part of a great team and we are lucky because we have a fantastic range of homes, designed and produced by some of the best people in the industry.

I have been in the industry for a number of years, and have had some really great support from literally hundreds of people, which is fantastic. This is a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to it”.

Statement regarding fire compliance of wall and roof cladding materials

Statement regarding fire compliance of wall and roof cladding materials

In light of recent tragic events relating to the Grenfell Tower, we at Prestige Homeseeker feel it necessary to make a statement reassuring our customers that all wall and roof claddings used within our standard ranges are fully compliant with the applicable fire regulations, as set out in BS:3632:2015, the British Standard for residential park homes to which our homes are manufactured.

Within this standard it is stated that materials used for the external cladding of walls should have surfaces which have a minimum (fire) rating of Class 3 in accordance with BS 476-7:1997 (British Standard) or Euro Class D in accordance with BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009 (European standard), where the lower the number/letter translates as the better the performance. These are essentially spread of flame tests which evaluate how a given material reacts to fire.

Below is a table listing our current standard external wall cladding types and respective fire classification of each. As it can be seen, all are either equal to or exceed the minimum required classification:

Cladding Type British Classification Equivalent European Classification
BS 476-7: 1997 BS EN 13501-1:2007+A1:2009
Canexel (Ridgewood, Ultraplank, Ced-R-Vue) Class 3 Class D
Cedar Class 3 Class D
Thermawood Class 3 Class D
Softwood Stained Class 3 Class D
Artefoam Class 3 Class D
Stipple on Magnesium Oxide Substrate Limited combustibility

(exceeds class 0)

Class A2

With regards to internal claddings to walls and ceilings, BS:3632:2015 states that materials used must have surfaces which are, in accordance with BS 476-7:1997, not less than Class 3, or at least Euro Class D in line with BS EN 13823:2010+A1:2014 and BS EN ISO 11925-2:2010. Again, all claddings used can be seen to be equivalent to or above this standard in the following table:

Cladding Type British Classification Equivalent European Classification
BS 476-7:1997 BS EN 13823:2010+A1:2014
BS EN ISO 11925-2:2010
Wallpaper on Plasterboard 0 B
Plasterboard Painted Limited Combustibility A2
MDF Painted 3 D
Rough Sawn Timber 3 D
Laminate 1 C
Tiled Non-combustible A1
Nuance Aquapanel 3 D
Vinyl Wrapped MDF 3 D
Smart Panel Painted 3 D

Also stipulated in BS:3632:2015 is the requirement for roof cladding materials to have a surface of fire resistance which is not less than classification “AC,” as defined in BS 476-3:2004, or classification Broof (t4) as defined in BS EN 13501-5:2004+A1:2009. Shown below are current roof covering options available and respective fire resistance classifications for each, once again both of which can be seen to meet current standards:

Cladding Type British Classification Equivalent European Classification
BS 476-3:2004 BS EN 13501-5:2004+A1:2009
Metrotile Sheet Tile AA Broof (t4)
Firestone Rubberguard FR Membrane AA Broof (t4)

We hope that this helps to clarify any queries relating to this important matter and welcome any further questions you may have on telephone number 01933 354000.

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Prestige & Homeseeker launches an Apprentice Academy

Prestige & Homeseeker launches an Apprentice Academy

Recruitment for 15 apprentices across Rushden and Kettering.

Prestige and Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes based in Rushden Northants have an exciting opportunity for the next generation of talent. The launch of the apprenticeship academy is an exciting opportunity for talented individuals to learn all aspects of the production line and will achieve a high standard of craftsmanship. Learning all 4 elements of the trade (carpentry, decorating, plumbing and electrics) while obtaining qualifications. An innovative new scheme from Prestige & Homeseeker which will recruit 15 apprentices across two manufacturing sites Rushden & Kettering.

Ever mindful of the need to attract younger people into manufacturing industry, we have teamed up with Tresham College to develop a two-year Maintenance Operations apprenticeship program where participants will be able to study for NVQ/Diploma in Maintenance Multi Trade / Park and Leisure Home builder to gain the highest standards possible to continue ongoing development. (Free transport is available through Tresham)

The employees will work alongside skilled painter and decorators, carpenters, plumbers and electricians in all phases of work associated with the trade providing an excellent grounding for a wide range of careers.

How to apply:
Only candidates who have fully completed the Applications will be considered:
https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-135432

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2017 by which time, selected applicants will then be invited to our open day on 6th July 2017.

About Prestige and Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes
Established since 1987 Prestige & Homeseeker are the UK’s leading park home and leisure lodge manufacturer in the UK.

They have an admirable reputation for iconic designs, quality and service, combined with highly driven and motivated employees have made them one of the largest park home and leisure lodge manufacturers in the industry, employing over 450 staff in and around the Northamptonshire area. Even though they have grown significantly over the years they still retain that personal touch; a family company with ‘old fashioned values’.
www.prestigeandhomeseeker.com

Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes
8 Shipton Way
Express Business Park
Rushden
NN10 6GL
Tel: 0845 0702345

The National Park & Holiday Home Show Newbury

The National Park & Holiday Home Show Newbury

Visit us on Stand 11P to view 6 luxury residential park homes.

When & Where?
Newbury Showground, RG18 9QZ
19 – 21 May 2017
Get your tickets here>>

What you can expect to see from Prestige & Homeseeker Park and Leisure Homes.

Prestige & Homeseeker 'Avanti'

Avanti 50 x 20 – NEW!

STEP INTO THE ‘AVANTI’ AT NEWBURY’
We’re pleased to share the first image of our brand new model the ‘Avanti’ (Pictured below). The Avanti is a front entrance home which creates a street scene style development yet with a contemporary twist.  White refreshing exterior walls and windows outlined in sandy coloured feature cladding gives this home kerb appeal. The home has naturally inviting palettes, dressed in watercolours depictions of lush blooms and blossom-laden sprigs meet naive geometrics, you won’t be disappointed
Register your interest here>>

Key features:

• Fronted Entrance
• Coloured co-ordinated sofa, curtains and carpets
• Fully fitted kitchen, and bedroom furniture with walk in wardrobe & en-suite
• Four burner gas hob, eye level oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine
• Dining table including four chairs, coffee table & TV cabinet.
• Energy efficient A Rated boiler
• Built to British Standard 3632 and protected by a 10 year Platinum Seal structural warranty

Reprise 40 x 20 – Jim Fury

A delightful park home with attractive decorative corner stone and beautiful Georgian windows are pleasing to the eye. The interior scheme is hosted with beautiful sunny burnt oranges throughout the home in the way of soft furnishings, incorporating cream and browns that are not only practical but is also extremely easy on the eye.

Residence 42 x 20  Haulfryn

The ‘Residence’ is as dignified and suave as the name suggests. Architectural detailing inside and out adds character and makes this one of our most modern homes.

Anthem 46 x 20 – John Romans

On entering the “Anthem” you are greeted with seemingly boundless amounts of space. The sizeable kitchen-diner gives you an initial preview of the luscious purples and walnut furnishings that are spread throughout the home. A perfectly designed layout means that room is plentiful when it comes to dining with family and friends.

Sofia 42 x 20 – Quickmove

There’s something about the fabulous Sofia that radiates quality and class. Large French doors open out from the full-width lounge while the well-equipped open-plan kitchen/dining room has its own side door to offer family accommodation at its best. Two ample double bedrooms plus an optional private study completes the perfect package. Sofia offers the perfect family package.

Sonata II 40 x 20  – Turners – Twinbrook Park

One of our most popular park homes with a truly impressive exterior, our Sonata II will stand proud on any park with its distinguished Georgian bar windows, decorative white corner stones and impressive splay.  With beautiful shades of cream and brown used throughout the home are not only practical but is also extremely easy on the eye for those who like a traditional style with a modern twist.

For more details Click here  

About Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes
Established since 1987 Prestige & Homeseeker Park & Leisure is one of Europe’s leading and most successful manufacturers of park homes and leisure lodges. Based in Northants are two manufacturing plants in Kettering and Rushden with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that houses over 450 staff between both sites, with cutting-edge technology producing a tantalising range of stunning park and holiday lodges they are renowned for Intelligent designs, second-to-none craftsmanship and ground-breaking creativity have built an enviable reputation.

The Rushden site has the largest permanent showground in the UK, displaying luxurious homes and lodges. (Open 6 days of the week, Monday to Saturday).

Stepping up to the challenge for Cransley Hospice

Stepping up to the challenge for Cransley Hospice

It was a wet cold morning in March but this didn’t stop the staff and family of Prestige & Homeseeker and our friends of Midshires Electrical, who took part in Stanwick Lakes 10K & 5K run. They were determined to raise money in aid of Cransley Hospice and the funds continued to rise after the event hitting above targets!

Prestige & Homeseeker Park and Leisure homes are one of largest local employers, employing more than 450 people over two sites in Kettering and Rushden. Every year they raise money for local charities chosen by their staff. For the second year running they partnered up with their key supplier and friends of Midshires Electrical an Independent Wholesaler in Northants and raised an incredible £6725 for Cransley Hospice between them.

Mark Christian, Finance Director said, “I am thrilled to be running the Stanwick Lake run in aid of Cransley Hospice, and wasn’t expecting a personal best knowing we were raising money for a local charity was the best part of all”.

Cransley Hospice provides free of charge palliative care to patients with complex needs, and supports patients in their chosen place of care at the end of life, whether this is in a hospice or the Patient’s home, they rely on companies like Prestige & Homeseeker and Midshires Electrical to raise £1.3 million each year to continue provide these vital services in the county.

Photo above:
Presentation with Mark Spruce, Cransley Hospice, Silvano Geranio Founder Director of Prestige & Homeseeker, Ben Fountain From Midshires Electrical

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