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Providing family-owned caravan business with invaluable support

| | Duncan & Toplis | 19 August 2022

Holivans Ltd is a family run caravan park, based in the coastal resort of Mablethorpe. Holivans offers glamping pods, caravans and dog-friendly lodges to hire, along with a range of pitches for motorhomes and touring caravans.

The Lincolnshire based business was founded over 70 years ago in 1951, and features a variety of facilities such as an on site pub, laundrette, children’s play area and a caravan spares shop. Ideally situated adjacent to sand dunes and a sea-washed beach, it is the perfect location for a family staycation.

Holivans is committed to sustainability, and actively works to reduce the company’s carbon footprint as well as pollution and waste. They also invest in enhancing the park for wildlife, and encourage customers to participate in conservation activities whilst enjoying their stay.

In 2010, the eco-friendly business installed 30 solar panels and two solar thermal panels, which provides hot water to the main building on site. They’ve also added four air to air heat pumps, and invested in a warm air ventilation system, with the aim to become net zero by 2050.

We have been working with the company for over five years, helping to encourage business growth and provide vital future planning.

Kelly Rowland, Managing Director at Holivans Ltd, says that the support of Duncan & Toplis has been pivotal to the business:

“We initially approached Duncan & Toplis for some advice on how to grow our business as we wanted to expand more into self catering.”

“They have provided us with training and guidance on how to become more digital and efficient, which has saved so much time. My life used to be solely paperwork, but now I can spend my time on more useful tasks.”

“The level of service has been very good - the team is always on the end of the phone if we need them. I’m always ringing them to ask questions, and they usually always get back to me within a day which is great.”

The team have also been able to assist Holivans with ensuring the business is ready to be handed over seamlessly to the next generation.

Kelly added: “We’re a multi-generational business, and my dad is now semi-retired and has started to take a step back. Duncan & Toplis has helped us to plan for the next generation, so that it’s easy to transition when the time comes.”

“Another real benefit is they’re not too far away - I can pop into their offices if I need to, or they can visit me. Sometimes face to face discussions just work better.”

Michele Coe-Baxter, Head of Leisure and Tourism and Director at Duncan & Toplis, said:

“Holivans are great to work with - they’re very receptive to ideas and lovely people. They’re really efficient in the way that they work, and have got a lot of experience.”

“We’ve been looking at the structure to bring the next generation into the business, with Kelly’s dad looking to step back somewhat. We’re here to make sure the business continues to succeed and to make their life easier.”

“I’m always on hand at any stage throughout the process for them to ask questions and also to assist with important decisions.”


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