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Dealerprofile Westfield Caravans: a business on the up Operating since 1981, this family-owned business has lately expanded from holiday homes to tourers and campervans, as Andy Jenkinson finds out. Back in 1981, the UK was in deep recession and the caravan industry was hit hard. Many established makers went to the wall, but one family had a touch of faith that things would get better. As a lad, Mark Molyneaux cleaned caravans and helped sell where he could. Eventually, things did get better, and the company took on new franchises, including Willerby Holiday Homes. Today, his parents having retired, Mark is the managing director of Westfield Caravans. Starting on a small plot, the company expanded and by 1994 had moved to its present locations. In recent years, significant Westfield Caravans 60-111 Chorley Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY3 7XQ Telephone 01253 301505 Website www.westfield caravans.co.uk Top: Compass tourers are selling well at Westfield, just one of several major caravan brands that have entrusted the company with official dealerships investment has created new workshops, an on-site shop, storage, and in the last few years, space for tourers. Their big deal is the Compass dealership, the largest in the North West. The company also operates from a depot outside Kendal, off the famous Shap road, which was the main route into Scotland before the M6. Westfield is now one of the leading dealers on Lancashire’s Fylde Coast, with a strong team including John Cross, a senior sales executive who’s been with the company more years than he cares to remember, and more recent appointees, Steve Mashiter and Allun Stephens, who are also highly experienced. This team has brought forward the tourer sales operation in a very short time, starting with just a few used tourers. When it became clear that a new dealership for Adria was needed in the north west, Westfield fitted the bill. Soon after, the Venus value-for-money range from Lunar was also added to the growing fleets of new tourers. 52 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk
But the biggie as far as Steve Mashiter was concerned was getting the Compass dealership. Impressed with the value and build quality of the Compass line-up, he was more than delighted to take on the brand. Knaus is another range Westfield took on for 2017. It’s not just about new tourers: Steve also makes sure plenty of used buys are on the well-presented forecourt, offering various budgets and layouts for Westfield’s customers. With all this happening, a new workshop and accessory shop was needed, so the past year has seen this all take off too. The holiday home side of the business also boasts top names, and again the homes are well laid out for easy viewing. pictures courtesy of Westfield caravans (right); andy Jenkinson Top to bottom: Holiday homes are on show from the UK’s biggest manufacturers; servicing and repairs are carried out on site; the shop is a recent addition; Westfield’s Mark Molyneaux (right) shakes on the company’s deal with David Brentani Elliot of motorhome maker Wellhouse Leisure; the shop stocks a wide range of caravanning essentials Lunar landing The latest news is that Westfield has Lunar’s flagship range, Alaria, arriving for 2018. Campervans are now stocked too, with Wellhouse Leisure choosing Westfield for its long-established place in the industry. The latest conversions, available at both the Blackpool and Kendal sites, will be the Hyundai i800, the Ford Terrier and the soon-to-be-released VW. The company has developed more of its land to offer a storage compound for customers’ tourers. In the future, it’s also looking at expanding further into coachbuilt motorhomes. With a growing awning display also available, you could say the Westfield team has things well covered. It seems there’s no stopping this friendly, well-established family business. Winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 53