Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd
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|Bourne Leisure Holdings is a privately-held, UK holding company, whose subsidiaries operate in the leisure and holiday sectors. The main trading subsidiaries are:
- Zedra Trust Company (UK) Ltd, OC owned by Zedra Holdings SA, OC, reg. Luxembourg
- Blydon Ltd, OC, reg. Jersey
- Accuro Trustees (Jersey) Ltd, OC as Trustee of the Peter Harris 2003 Trust, reg. Jersey
- Ashby Manor Ltd, OC, reg. Jersey
- R&H Trust Co (Jersey) Ltd, OC (Allen Family Settlement 2003), reg. Jersey
- RBC Trustees (Jersey) Ltd, OC as Trustee of the JCC 2003 Trust, reg. Jersey
Sources: Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd: Confirmation Statement. Companies House, Jun.07.2019.
- Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd, CH
- Bourne Holidays Ltd, t/a Warner Leisure Hotels, regno 01854900
- Bourne Leisure Ltd headquartered in Hemel Hempstead, ref
- Images revealed of new leisure centres planned across South Kesteven, link
- The Iron Duke: link, link
- History of holiday parks owned by Bourne Leisure’s brands, Haven & British Holidays, both past and present., link, link
- Dec.2018: Heythrop Park Ltd, was Firoka (Heythrop Park) Ltd, hotel operator, purchased by Bourne Holidays Ltd.
- Apr.2018: Celtic Haven Ltd, a holiday park operator, was purchased by Haven Leisure Ltd.
- Nov.2004 (?): the company sold its European operation "Haven Europe" to Siblu.
- Oct.2004: Bourne sold a package of five sites to Parkdean Holidays for £42m.
- Feb.2004: Peter and his partners bought out the 28% stake owned by Candover Investments plc + Legal & General Ventures Ltd.[c],[e]
- Sept.2001: The Oasis Holiday Village in the Lake District in Cumbria was sold to Center Parcs, backed by private equity firms.ref
- 2001-2004: Bourne Leisure sold 43 Haven and British Holidays resorts. A number were sold to independent ventures and management buy-outs (eg, British Holidays' Lido Beach in Prestatyn, Clwyd). However a number of growing leisure chains acquired larger quantities of sites.[b]
- Mar.2001: 7 parks were sold to Premier Dawn.
- May.2001: 12 Haven caravan parks were sold to Park Resorts Ltd,CBPE Capital LLP. The 12 sites formed the foundation for what is now Parkdean Resorts, owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corporation. in a management buy-out financed by
- ??.2001: 9 parks were bought by Cinque Ports.
- Oct.2000: Rank Leisure: Bourne Leisure purchased the Rank Group's UK leisure arm, which included the Haven Holidays (57 caravan parks), Haven Europe (47 sites), British Holidays (23 resorts), Butlin's (3 resorts) and Warner Leisure Hotels (13 hotels).[b],ref,ref,ref
- Sept.2000: Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd was incorporated.CH
- 1988: British Holidays, sister brand of Haven Holidays, was founded.[b],ref
- Sept.2000: Bourne Leisure acquired the Rank Group's Holidays Division, which included the Haven caravan sites, 3 Butlins holiday camps, Oasis Holiday Village and Warner Leisure Hotels. Brands: British Holidays, Haven, Haven Europe, Oasis, Butlins and Warner. The acquisition was financed by Candover Investments plc and Legal & General Ventures Ltd. ref,
- ??.197?: Bourne Leisure: the team bought the company from a bank,[d] and started over again.
- 1975: Leisure Caravan Parks plc was sold to the Rank Organisation.
- 1972: Leisure Caravan Parks plc was floated on the London Stock Exchange.
- mid-1960s: Robert Seaton and John Cook joined the company.[d]
- 1960s: Leisure Caravan Parks Ltd was one of the reasons why caravan parks took off; they were the first to provide hard standings, fully serviced caravans and piped gas. Robert Seaton, one of the original founders of Bourne Leisure...ref
- late.1964: Leisure Caravan Parks Ltd:1981 logo Peter Harris and business partner David Allen founded the company with the purchase of the Alberta Caravan Park in Whitstable, which had 120 caravans.[d]
- early.1964: Peter Harris, a young accountant, was sent to audit a caravan park. He decided to go into the business himself.[e]
- Nov.2004: The current company was created following the amalgamation of the British Holidays chain with the Haven Holidays chain. It now entirely trades as Haven.
- Haven: link, link, link
- Butlins, link, link, link
- Butlins blog: link
- Butlins: link, link, Butlins Memories
- The Butlin Heritage Collection: link
- The Nation's Host: Butlin's and the Story of the British Seaside. Bourne Leisure commisioned an Official History. link
- Bourne Leisure: Butlins Resort, Skegness: link
- Butlins Small Centres, link
- Billy Butlin founded 10 resorts....
- Warner Leisure Hotels: link
- Warner Leisure Hotels, Studley Castle: link
- Warner Leisure, About Us: link
- Country house hotels: Alvaston Hall, Bodelwyddan Castle, Cricket St Thomas, Holme Lacey House, Littlecote House, Nidd Hall, and Thoresby Hall.
- Warners Memories
- Aug.11.2019: Butlin's family pockets £102million in holiday camps dividend bonanza despite fall in group's annual profits. Newly published accounts show Bourne Leisure, which also owns Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, paid £61.3million to shareholders in 2018 and another £40.8million after the year’s end. It is thought to have mostly gone to the secretive Cook, Allen and Harris families which control the business. The dividend payments came after annual profits at the group fell from £155.1m to £153.4m, despite last year’s summer being one of the hottest on record. Sales remained almost flat at £1.1bn. This is Money.
- Jul.22.2018: £97m dividend bonanza for owners of Butlins. Bourne Leisure is owned by three secretive families. The Bourne founders, Peter Harris, John Cook and David Allen, took ownership when they bought the Rank conglomerate’s holiday division in 2000. Harris, 84, worth an estimated £800m according to The Sunday Times Rich List, spent £420,000 on advertising for Vote Leave before the EU referendum. He was later criticised after Bourne Leisure recruited cheap staff from Poland. Bourne Leisure is Britain’s biggest leisure company, employing almost 14,000 people at peak periods. More than 4m families holiday at its camps each year, including its three Butlins resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. Sabbah Meddings, The Sunday Times.
- Jul.24.2017: Revenues near £1bn at Butlins and Haven owner. The company is headquartered in Hemel Hempstead and has Butlins resorts in Skegness and Minehead and almost 40 Haven parks along the coast of England, Wales and Scotland. Warner Leisure Hotels are located in Somerset, Hampshire, Suffolk, Berkshire, Nottinghamshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, North Wales, North Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight. Storm Rannard, Insider Media.