Family Campsite

Family Ties

A Yorkshire couple have managed to keep control of a caravan park which has been in their family for over 70 years – thanks to an investment from Lloyds Bank.

Rob and Sally Rushmore have taken over full control of St. Helena’s Caravan Park in Otley, with the funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The park was originally started by Rob’s grandfather Henry Rushmore, in 1940. Rob had held a 40% share in the business, with the remainder divided up amongst other members of the family.

Refurbish and Extend

With the help of the investment Rob and his wife Sally have been able to purchase the remaining 60%, giving them full control over the park and preventing it from going to an outside bidder.

The plan is to now refurbish and expand the facilities on offer, making it family friendly by lifting the policy of no children on site. They plan to open the park all year round, as well as launching a ‘glamping’ facility and new cycle and rambling routes. A safe walking route will lead to the local pub and shops, increasing footfall in the small market town.

They want to grow their workforce, with the addition of four new weekend and cleaning staff over the next year.

We demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm for what they do. This showed the Rushworth’s we know about the sector. It’s given them complete control of the business, they’ve invested in the site, they’re improving conditions for their guests and they’ve taken on more staff to support the refurbishment works and using local tradespeople to complete them.

Steve Dale, Relationship Director, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Local Support

Renovation and building work is being carried out by local builders and tradesmen, with bespoke park units being manufactured in the north of England, and materials such as the road stone coming from the quarry across the valley - a great example of how we are helping Britain prosper.

Steve was very responsive in helping us to achieve what we wanted. He was always on the end of the phone and listened to what we wanted and helped us complete in a timely fashion.

Sally Rushmore, Owner, St. Helena’s Caravan Park in Otley

Local Support

Helping Businesses Prosper

Businesses across Britain are facing significant challenges. We’re helping to address them through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan because we believe we are best placed to do this. We already serve approximately 1 million small businesses but we want to be more than a bank.

In 2016 we achieved 7 of our 8 business targets, including:

- Providing £1.2 billion of new funding support to manufacturing businesses.

- Providing £955 million in funding to help housing associations expand affordable housing.

- Exceeding our target to support infrastructure projects worth a combined £10 billion, under the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan.