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Thursday, 23 May 2013
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CRiS (Central Registration and Identification Scheme)
The NCC has for many years contracted out the administration function of CRiS to HPI Ltd. Following a detailed review of services to our members we have decided that the time is right to bring the administration function in-house.
Congratulations to those who have joined the Approved Workshop Scheme
The NCC would like to congratulate the following companies in joining the Approved Workshop Scheme:
NCC launches spring show
NCC Events’ latest undertaking is the launch of a new industry-supported show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from 19-24 February 2013.
Caravans Act Northern Ireland Act 2012
On Friday 9th November the caravan industry in Northern Ireland hosted a seminar to review the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 after its first year in force.
INDUSTRY RECOGNISED BY ROYAL VISIT
Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh celebrate UK caravan manufacturing with visit to Bailey of Bristol.
Government recognises the importance of apprenticeships for dealers
The United Kingdom Commission for Education and Skills (UKCES) recently rejected an application to develop an Apprenticeship Framework for caravan workshops.
Announcing the 2013 NCC Annual Members’ Forum
The NCC Annual Members’ Forum for 2013 will be held at Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire on 18th April 2013.
First businesses to achieve new NCC ‘APPROVED DEALERSHIP’ status unveiled at Motorhome & Caravan Show 2012
NCC Director General, John Lally, announced the names of the thirty ‘Approved’ tourer and motorhome dealerships at a breakfast briefing held on the opening day of The Motorhome & Caravan Show (16-21 October) at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham
Industry’s national show sets new record for sales and visitor attendance
The industry’s national show attracted a record-breaking audience of 98,058* (excluding exhibitors and press) last week, and delivered significant sales during what has been a challenging trading year for the industry.
Stay Safe – Carbon monoxide (CO) in your home can be fatal
The NCC has published a new edition of Stay Safe – Carbon monoxide (CO) in your home can be fatal. Please download the PDF and use as a helpful resource for your customers.
HMRC publishes guidance for taxing holiday caravans
This information sheet contains guidance on the changes to the VAT treatment of holiday caravans which take effect from 6 April 2013.
Lawns launch for NCC Approved Distributor scheme
The Lawns industry event in early September will witness the trade launch of the new NCC Approved Distributor scheme.
Relaxation of C1 driving test should reduce complexity of obtaining private vehicle licence
The European Commission has recently circulated a draft amendment to the 3rd Directive on driving licences (2006/16/EC).
Raising the Industry’s profile
The NCC is representing the Caravan Industry and demonstrating the drive towards improved standards, industry best practice and enhanced consumer protection next week at the annual Trading Standards Conference and Exhibition (Manchester Central, 26-28 June 2012)
Does your business have a TV license? If not read on...
Euro 2012, Wimbledon and The Olympic and Paralympic Games are all taking place between now and 9 September 2012.
New NCC Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The 59th AGM of the NCC was held at The Camping and Caravanning Club’s HQ on 17 May.
Advice from Tim Booth, the NCC’s Security Adviser, about towing combinations
A touring caravan with:
VAT ON CARAVANS: HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATE
There was a very sustained and passionate exchange from all MPs in support of our industry in yesterday’s debate in the House of Commons. We achieved the best success of the day with the closest vote in the House since the imposition of tuition fees according to the BBC.
THE NCC WORKS WITH THE BBC TO PUT THE 'CARAVAN TAX' DEBATE ON NATIONAL TV
The NCC press office yesterday worked closely with senior business broadcast journalists at the BBC to take the 'caravan tax' debate out to over 6.8 million people as one of the lead stories on this morning's BBC Breakfast (19.4.12).
New national board will uncover scams and rogue traders
New proposals to make the Citizens Advice service a champion for consumer information across a range of sectors and a new National Trading Standards Board were
by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
STOP PRESS – Amendment tabled to stop the imposition of VAT on sale of caravan holiday homes
The NCC has been notified that Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd and Shadow Exechequer Secretary to the Treasury has tabled a new clause to the Finance (no.4) Bill as a pre-emptive measure and which, if introduced, would stop the imposition of VAT on the sale of caravan holiday homes.
Recent press reports have once again highlighted the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in leisure accommodation.
The NCC position statement on the Budget’s proposed imposition of VAT
The Budget contained a proposal to apply standard rate VAT (20 per cent) to caravan holiday homes from 1st October 2012.This proposal will not apply to touring caravans and motorhomes that already bear 20 per cent VAT. Caravan holiday homes have been zero rated since 1974 (although VAT has always been applied on the 'removable items' within them, where applicable).
Say NO! to Caravan Holiday Home Tax
The NCC and the industry have lobbied hard to warn of potentially dire consequences for both British manufacturing and for UK tourism if VAT at standard rate is imposed on caravan holiday homes in October.
Runner up for the AWS Mobile Workshop of the Year Award goes to BC Caravans
On 21st March 2012 John Hartley, Approved Workshop Scheme Manager, NCC presents BC Caravans with their award for runner up for the AWS Mobile Workshop of the Year Award . The award was based on customer satisfaction figures
The NCC Annual General Meeting notice
Notice is given that the Fifty Ninth Annual General Meeting of the NCC will be held on Thursday 17th May 2012
Congratulations to the 2012 ‘Long Service to Industry’ award winners
Congratulations to the 2012 'Long Service to Industry' award winners
VisitEngland launches 'Holidays at Home are GREAT'
VisitEngland Launches Biggest Ever Domestic Tourism Marketing Campaign with Thousands of Special Offers
Runner up for the AWS Mobile Workshop of the Year Award goes to BC Caravans
The Approved Workshop Scheme annual winners were voted for by the public and presented on 8th March during the Touring Caravan & Motorhome morning session at the NCC Annual Members’ Forum, Majestic Hotel, Harrogate.
VisitEngland GB Tourism Survey results for November 2011
Results continue to show strong growth in domestic tourism for both the month and the year to date.
Industry's New Southern Showcase Pulls in the Crowds
The Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show, ExCel London. The Industry's new southern showcase has succeeded in attracting an above anticipated attendance of 43,356* visitors.
Approved Workshop Scheme Awards will be announced in March!
The annual AWS workshop awards, which this year are sponsored by Truma (UK) Ltd, will be presented to the highest achieving Fixed and Mobile workshops, along with the runners up in both categories at the NCC Annual Members Forum on Thursday 8th March at The Majestic Hotel.
The Former Director General of the NCC, Alan Bishop, has passed away at the age of 57.
Alan joined the NCC in July 1989 as Parks Director responsible for all legal and technical matters affecting both the holiday and park home sectors and the development of initiatives such as the Gold Shield 10 Year Warranty Scheme, the Quality Award Scheme and various Codes of Practice.
Help make caravanning Britain's number one 'Great' and vote now!
Caravan lovers are being called upon to vote for caravanning in a poll to find the top 'Greats' of Great Britain.
Southern Counties Leisure celebrates the opening of a new distribution centre
As the leading distributor in the South-West of England and sole supplier of the market leading Willerby and BK Bluebird brands in the area, Southern Counties Leisure continue their expansion with the opening of a new purpose built showground in Bridport, Dorset.
Holiday Parks - Don't miss out!
They are pleased to formally announce new funding for VisitEngland alongside the other devolved National Tourist Boards of VisitWales, VisitScotland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to mount a national campaign to encourage more people to holiday at home during 2012; a very special year for the UK.
Vive la difference - Wessex Gite brings a touch of France!
Wessex is creating a brand new dimension to the UK leisure lodge industry by introducing the spirit of France to the UK’s holiday parks and bringing holidaying abroad much closer to home. Read more.. (takes them to a new news page containing the attached information)
100-year celebrations all round!
Four members of staff were honoured with 25-year service awards at a special party held to launch Hoburne Holiday Parks’ 2012 centenary celebrations.
The NCC warns its members to be vigilant when choosing new components suppliers.
This advice comes after two separate incidents recently where tests were carried out by the independent Council of Gas Detection & Environmental Monitoring (CoGDEM) on CO Alarms which had similar claims of compliance with the important safety standard EN 5029. These tests showed that performance on each was dangerously poor.
Park Resorts is predicting a strong summer after seeing a 34% increase in bookings year-on-year in the past two weeks
The UK holiday parks operator saw a 22% rise in bookings for its seven resorts in Essex, while its Scottish resorts have seen a 7% boost.
Figures released today by VisitEngland, the national tourist board, show that the number of domestic overnight trips taken in England in September last year grew by 22 per cent compared to 2010
16 January 2012. Figures released today by VisitEngland, the national tourist board, show that the number of domestic overnight trips taken in England in September last year grew by 22 per cent compared to 2010, while spend increased by 13 per cent.Holiday trips in particular were up by 19 per cent during September and visits to friends and relatives grew by 33 per cent, most probably boosted by the unusually warm weather enjoyed across the country.
£25m to support rural tourism
Following the Autumn Statement, DEFRA has launched a new Rural Economic Growth Review which includes a package of initiatives to support rural tourism development.
Driving Licences for Tourers
A new B+E licence is required under new regulations to drive touring caravan outfits over 3500kg. This applies to licences issued on or after 1st January 1997, in the cases detailed in the following chart. Drivers who passed their test before this date retain their existing entitlement.
New Caravan Movers Code of Practice 305
If there is one recent invention that has had more impact on the caravan market than any other it has to be the on board caravan mover. Not only has it extended the appeal of caravanning to a wider market but it has allowed many to have larger, heavier vans and to manoeuvre them into tight spaces at home and elsewhere.
Industry's New National Show Sets High Standards for Sales and Visitor attendance
Caravans Act (NI) came into force on Friday 16th September
The Caravans Act (NI) 2011 formally came into force today, Friday 16th September 2011 for both Residential Park Homes and Caravan Holiday Home Parks.
Holiday Caravan Show, Beaulieu, Hampshire - 23 - 25 September 2011
Following the one trade-only day on the Thursday, this show will open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, giving visitors three days to peruse the latest caravan holiday home models.
Now published - BS EN 1949:2011 Specifications for installation of LPG Systems
BSI has recently published the revised LPG installation standard BS EN 1949:2011. BS EN1949:2002 has been withdrawn.
Do you operate a small sewage discharge such as a septic tank on your property?
... it may need to be registered, if in England or Wales
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