There was some welcome good news for the economy in Hull today as new business, Victory Leisure Homes Ltd, which will create up to 100 new jobs, was launched. The business is a wholly owned subsidiary of J.R.Rix & Sons, which is one of Hull’s oldest family run businesses and a Sunday Times Top Track 250 company.
The company will be manufacturing leisure homes for both the UK and overseas markets from its premises in Hull on Stoneferry Road. The design and build of the company’s prototype products will commence within the next few weeks, with full production anticipated to start in late spring of this year.
Peter Nevitt, who will be heading up this new business said:
“With over 30 years industry knowledge behind me, the majority of which were as the Managing Director of Cosalt Holiday Homes, and as a past Chairman of various National Caravan Council committees, I am very excited that Victory Leisure Homes will be bringing together a team of industry experts. This newly created team brings to Victory Leisure Homes a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, together with the commitment to make this new venture a top business within the caravan leisure homes industry. In addition, I am delighted that in the current economic climate, major local company J.R.Rix & Sons have decided to invest in this exciting venture. All parties involved feel that Victory Leisure Homes will be able to secure a significant share of the leisure homes market once production commences later this year.”
“With the pound worth so much less abroad the holiday market is currently experiencing an increase in bookings in the UK as people look to take a break nearer to home. We are also confident that holiday home ownership will see an upturn in the coming years and we hope to capitalise on this at home and overseas.”
Rory Clarke, Director of J.R.Rix and Sons said:
“Even though we are currently experiencing difficult economic times, we believe that a market exists for the Victory Leisure Homes products. We have bought the former Cosalt Holiday Homes manufacturing site and there is a large pool of skilled workers in the area, many of whom have recently lost their jobs following cut backs and closures by other manufacturers locally. We also believe in sourcing goods and services from local suppliers, wherever possible.”
“At a time when there is not much good news for jobs locally this is a significant opportunity. It would not, however, be possible without the help, support and commitment of Hull City Council who have provided valuable assistance without which we would not have set up this new business.”
“J.R.Rix & Sons have a diverse range of businesses and thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff our business has continued to prosper for over 100 years. We will ensure that the new company has the best start possible and hope that the knowledge and experience of J.R.Rix & Sons proves a valuable resource for the company in its formative years.”
The venture has received support from Hull City Council and the Acorn Fund.
Councillor John Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Engagement said:
“This is great news for local people. Hull City Council is committed to helping local businesses through these difficult times.”
“When the opportunity arose to help one of Hull’s oldest companies create up to 100 new jobs our economic development team looked at how we could best help. The council’s role has been to provide expert assistance to create as many employment opportunities as possible and provide funding to speed up the rate of progress.”
“The council is not only helping the caravan industry, we are helping a number of local firms at the moment with advice, support and, where possible, access to funding. We can’t help in every circumstance, but where a difference could potentially be made, the council will be there to help.”
For more information on this press release, please contact Paul Burman on: T: 01482 580072 / 07739 743220
Established in 1870, J.R.Rix & Sons employs over 450 people and has businesses in shipping, ship building, car sales, and fuel distribution as well as owning a number of garage forecourt sites. It also has significant holdings of land and commercial property.