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Friday 20 February 2009

Lloyds and the Club <br>celebrate 100 years

Lloyds and the Club
celebrate 100 years

The Camping and Caravanning Club is celebrating 100 years of banking with Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets.

Since its inception in 1901, the Club has enjoyed a strong partnership with the bank, which provides financial banking and advisory services to businesses and organisations with a turnover of £15 million.

The Club’s Director General, Robert Louden, said: “The Camping and Caravanning Club is delighted to be working with the professional and supportive team at Lloyds TSB, which works hard to understand the Club and its requirements and provides cost effective financial solutions.

“Britain currently faces a testing time with the world economy in a difficult situation so that makes our long-standing relationship with Lloyds TSB all the more notable.

Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets recently provided the Club with a competitive funding package of £11.5million to enable it to acquire a 51 per cent stake in Forest Holidays, which added an additional 5,000 pitches to its ever-increasing portfolio.

The Club also made history by becoming the first ‘not for profit’ organisation to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with a Government Agency.

Richard Smith, Relationship Director at Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, added: “The Camping and Caravanning Club is a great British institution, and Lloyds TSB is proud to have built up a solid relationship with it over 100 years of its history.

“There are few companies that can claim to have such a longstanding customer, and we look forward to supporting the club’s continued growth and success over the next century.”

In addition to meeting its funding requirements, Lloyds TSB also regularly provides advice to the Club on treasury matters, including risk management and foreign currency purchases.

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 108-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
  2. National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) was launched in 2001 by The Camping and Caravanning Club and will take place between May 23 and 29 this year. The aim of this week is to raise the profile of camping amongst the general public. Its timing is deliberate to coincide with the Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally one of the busiest camping weeks of the year.
  3. National awards include: 
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2008, Delamont Country Park Club Site – Winner Holiday Parks category in Northern Ireland
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2008 Gold Award – Charmouth, Glencoe and Trewan Hall Club Sites
  • The Maison de la France Tour Operator Awards for Best Camping/Mobile Home Operator 2008 - Carefree International Travel Service
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
  • Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland