Holiday Parks & Glamping

  • Invest in visitor facilities
  • Top quality accommodation is key
  • Start with a pop-up site
  • Get found and booked online
Excellent 300+ reviews 4.6 stars 200+ reviews

Holiday Parks & Glamping

  • Invest in visitor facilities
  • Top quality accommodation is key
  • Start with a pop-up site
  • Get found and booked online
Excellent 300+ reviews 4.6 stars 200+ reviews
  • Both a lender and broker

  • Tourism industry finance since 2007

  • Expert personal service

With international travel severely restricted in 2020 and 2021, UK holidaymakers turned to staycations. This drove a sharp growth in demand for a wide range of holiday park, camping and glamping holidays. The pandemic might be behind us (let’s hope so), but we haven’t forgotten our taste for the outdoor experience. Traveling abroad has lost its appeal for some, pandemic related restrictions remain in place in several countries, and the 3.2m pets householders bought during lockdown need looking after. The staycation sector is forecast to continue growing in coming years, the opportunities for holiday parks and glamping businesses are ripe. That’s as long as you can create a distinctive offer.


Invest in health and safety

The pandemic made us all very much more aware of health and safety. The camping sector had to adapt quickly, making shared facilities accommodate better separation, washing and cleanliness. New customers have the expectation of facilities more akin to holiday cottages, and once that bar has been set it’s not likely to come down. Business finance from Portman could support investment in onsite facilities, helping your guests feel safer, cleaner and better looked after. Better facilities means better reviews, better reviews mean more customers and a growing business. It’s not just about site facilities though. Many campsites stopped taking walk-in bookings, increasing the need for good online booking systems, websites and social media presence – something else you could use finance from Portman for.


Hitting the right pitch

With a wider variety of people trying camping and glamping, expectations have risen beyond what hardcore campers were happy with before. Successful camping and glamping sites will be those that make the most of their location and site to deliver not just a nice place to stay, but a full experience. This could include landscaping, planting and leisure facilities. It could also include early adoption of growing trends for en-pitch facilities. These could include en-pitch hot tubs, toilets and stronger wi-fi connectivity for instance. Tailored finance from Portman can be used for all of these investments and more.

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Top of the pods

Not everyone is up for the drafty allure of a night under canvas. It’s not that they don’t want to get back to basics, just not that basic. Demand for glamping facilities was on the rise before anyone had heard of COVID, but that trend has only increased since. It’s not just about having a warm and cozy place to stay – glampers are looking for somewhere unique to stay (and ideally, something ‘grammable). The great thing is that the math adds up – glamping pods typically repay their initial investment in just 2-3 years. You can finance or extend a glamping site with support from Portman. All you need to do is decide what you’re going to offer: pods, treehouses, yurts, gers, teepees, huts, dugouts, UFOs, helicopters (really!) or double decker buses. The weirder the better it seems.


Start with a pop-up

2021 saw a rise in pop-up campsites, continuing a trend that saw numbers double between 2019 and 2020. Pop-ups are a good way for new campsites and glampsites to get started. A business loan through Portman can help you get your first ‘foot in the field’ or take the next step to your establishing your first permanent site.

How can we support your Holiday Parks & Glamping business

The UK’s burgeoning holiday park, camping and glamping sector is great news for business owners. To really capitalise on the opportunity though, sites will need to invest in delivering a quality and standout experience, from booking to departure. That includes their online presence and booking systems, but increasingly, the range of facilities they can offer and the uniqueness of their accommodation. Whatever stage your site is at, Portman Asset Finance can support you with a wide range of flexible financing options.
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Hire purchase usually involves paying the VAT and a deposit up-front. Fixed monthly repayments are then made, affected by whether you pay off the entire loan over the term or chose a final balloon payment. The final option to purchase is guaranteed for a nominal fee, transferring ownership of the asset to the customer.

Hire purchase is well-suited for situations where a company definitely wants to own the item at the end of the term, often where the asset has a significant usable lifespan, a high residual value and will not need to be upgraded.

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Equipment leasing allows a business to acquire hard or soft assets without the upfront costs associated with large purchases. A lender purchases the item, the business then leases it through fixed monthly payments over an agreed term.

Typically, asset finance is provided for high value ‘hard’ assets such as machinery, equipment, or vehicles, but Portman also arranges asset finance for ‘soft’ assets such as IT, fitness, catering, or vending equipment, as well as premises fit-outs, furniture or even air-conditioning.

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Business loans are a way of borrowing money, which is repaid in monthly instalments, including interest, over an agreed term. Business loans are a common way to help smooth out cashflow fluctuations and take opportunities where otherwise they could be missed due to a lack of working capital.

Business loans can be secured or unsecured. Portman typically provides unsecured loans which can be more flexible and do not require collateral but are likely to require a personal guarantee. Secured loans are tied to an asset which the lender can claim ownership of if repayments are not made, these may be used in equipment refinance deals.

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New businesses often need an injection of finance to get them off the ground. Asset finance for new businesses allows you to focus on running your company and bringing in customers, confident that you have the equipment, vehicle or stock you need without the large initial outlay.

Using finance for your equipment means that you preserve the credit card or overdraft for contingency and operating expenses when the unexpected happens.

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icon Equipment Refinance

If you recently bought a high-value item outright but would now prefer to have financed it, we can help with a sale-and-lease-back agreement. If the item is less than 3m old, give us a copy of the invoice and we will calculate the current value. After a few checks and acceptance of the term and monthly repayments, we can give you the cash equivalent of the invoice to put back into the business. You’ll then make fixed monthly payments including interest, whilst your asset earns you money.

If your business owns high value assets that are not currently on finance, subject to a valuation, it is also possible to use them as security for a loan, with lenders offering a cash loan up to a % of the asset’s value.

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icon Recovery Loans – Ending June 30

With no personal guarantee up to £250k, Recovery Loans offer an excellent way of making sure your business gets back on its feet after the effects of the pandemic. Many businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions can access the UK government’s Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS), providing UK SMEs with better access to finance.

Recovery Loans can be used for any legitimate business or simply provide cashflow. Up to £350k can be borrowed on terms from 2 to 6 years and with no personal guarantee up to £250k, your personal wealth is not at risk.

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Having the opportunity to offer a lease option on a commercial fit out which covers the partitioning, carpets, and furniture – all of the items you would think you couldn’t lease- is fantastic. It means that our clients can keep the same specification, rather than having to cut down and restrict elements of the project. As a contractor, it also means we can get a deposit up front, which secures our labour and materials.

I gave George at Portman a ring, he was really helpful and laid out all the options. We ended up spreading the payments over three years- it is a very simple, straightforward agreement and the decision was back in 24 hours. The whole Portman experience has been fantastic.

From the first call, they were very friendly and very helpful – our Account Manager guided us along the way for our first finance agreement and we’ve never had a problem since. We used them again for the new press six years down the line.

Portman enabled us to spread the cost of purchasing the equipment for our trampoline park, which meant we could use extra marketing channels and launch the business the way we wanted to. If we hadn’t been able to spread the cost of our initial fit out, we probably wouldn’t be in the position we are today.

My Account Manager, Jordan has helped me out from the top to the bottom and I really appreciate what he has done for me. He’s made it a smooth journey for me and was great at keeping me up to date over the phone and would even respond to emails out of hours which I really appreciated.

With the support from Portman, Georgia opened her stunning restaurant in Chelsea, London and has since received a considerable amount of success, receiving glowing reviews about the food, beautiful location and her hard working team.

Lamen needed the finance to secure his dreams. Lamen was assigned one of our dedicated Account Managers, making his process as simple and easy as possible. Portman were able to provide the finance to lease all his Kitchen Equipment so he could stay ahead in the competitive market.

How does it work?

We make things easy

We know that finance can sometimes be confusing and stressful, but what we do is simple.


1. Get started in 1 minute.

Enquire without affecting your credit score.


2. Understanding your business.

A dedicated account manager will discuss your needs and collect documentation.


3. Our experts do the leg-work.

We find the right deals, complete applications on your behalf and get you a no obligation quote.


4. Your no-fuss finance is funded.

If accepted, your assets will be bought and delivered or the finance released to your account.

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