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Discover Leisure confirms 240 job losses as caravans are withheld

Discover Leisure was one of the UK's largest caravan dealerships
Discover Leisure was one of the UK's largest caravan dealerships
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Discover Leisure enters administration leaving caravanners out of pocket

It is estimated that 250 jobs will be lost as a result of the company's collapse

The company, one of the UK's largest caravan retailers, has blamed its demise on a decline in demand for leisure vehicles

Tuesday, 18, Oct 2011 11:56

by Chris Jefferies

Defunct caravan dealership Discover Leisure has announced that 240 of its 260 staff have been laid off, after the company entered administration last week.

Meanwhile, caravan owners are facing a frustrating wait to get their tourers back from Discover's workshops across the North of England.

Mark Firmin, Northern head of restructuring at administrators KPMG, said: "Discover has faced a difficult market over an extended period of time, with persistently depressed consumer demand for high value discretionary items in particular."

In response to the number of calls received from worried caravanners, the administrators have set up a dedicated hotline to help settle all outstanding issues. Discover customers are now advised to call 0845 617 1490.

Caravan Times readers have been getting in touch to express their frustration at the experience, with many raising fears that their upcoming holidays may be ruined by this sorry turn of events.

Nick Blakemore from Cheshire said: "My 'van is at the Delamere site, it went in last Sunday for a warranty quote, the gates are shut and I can't get it out. I am absolutely disgusted with the treatment!"

Meanwhile, Wayjac Stevens added: "My caravan is stuck at Darlington after having a service and some repairs under warranty and I'm not sure what to do? I'm going to Spain for winter on Sunday."

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