Victory Leisure Homes traces its roots in 10th anniversary year

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 18 Mar 2019

A caravan firm which grew from just 27 employees to today build more than 1,000 holiday homes a year is celebrating 10 years of business.

Victory Leisure Homes was established in March 2009 in Stoneferry, Hull, following the closure of Cosalt Holiday Homes.

Backed up the Rix Group, Victory today employs almost 200 people, and is one of the region’s biggest caravan manufacturers.

Peter Nevitt, managing director, has led the business since its inception.

He said: “Ten years ago my phone rang, I picked it up and Tim Rix, chief executive of J.R. Rix & Sons, was on the other end. The Rix Group owned the land and factory that Cosalt operated from, and there was plant and unfinished holiday homes on the site.

The former Cosalt Holiday Homes in Stoneferry (Hull Live)

“Tim rang to ask me if they could be finished and sold and I said they could. That was the original plan, just to finish the holiday homes off that were half built, but we didn’t stop there. We created a whole new company from that site, and a whole new brand.

“It’s been a lot of a hard work but it has also been a lot of fun along the way. It seems to have gone very quickly.”

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When Victory Leisure Homes was first launched, it manufactured around 250 holiday homes a year.

Today, that number has more than quadrupled.

Peter Nevitt, MD at Victory Leisure Homes

The rapid growth of the business led to it relocating from Stoneferry to a bigger site in Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire.

Victory is this month celebrating a decade of successful business.

To mark the occasion, the manufacturer is launching a new model of caravan in a throwback to its roots.

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The Rimini is named after a caravan formerly made by Cosalt in Hull, but the new version has been transformed with a thoroughly modern interior.

Mr Nevitt said: “The Rimini is a classic model from the past that we’ve reintroduced because it had a very popular layout.

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“Of course, as you would expect from us, we’ve given it a whole new look and feel and brought it right into the modern age. We think the trade and public alike will love the combination of nostalgia and modern design.”

The business’ managing director also provided a glimpse into the future of Victory Leisure Homes.

He said: “We’ve got exciting growth plans for the years ahead, both organically and potentially in other ways, so we’re looking forward to a busy future.

“These past 10 years have been fantastic, but they really are just the start. We’ve got many more holiday homes and lodges yet to build."

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