Eye: ‘Bright’ future for Country Homes (Anglia) following Prestige merger

A PARK home manufacturer based near Eye says its future is “bright” after it was taken over by another company in the sector.

Kettering-based luxury park homes maker Prestige Developments Group, has taken over Country Homes (Anglia) Ltd following the retirement of the Brome company’s director and company secretary Roy Gallagher. It says it has plans for further growth at the Suffolk factory.

Prestige managing directors Silvano Geranio and finance boss Eric Jones have joined the Country Homes board of directors and will be working closely with Country Homes sales director Steve Ekins to ensure a smooth transition.

Prestige has promised 2012 will be an “exciting year” at the Brome plant, which employs 40 people,

Mr Geranio and Mr Jones are founder members of Prestige Group’s manufacturing company Prestige Park and Leisure Homes Ltd, which was was formed in 2007 and now has 120 staff.

Prestige says it plans to increase output at the Brome factory, introduce efficiencies through economies of scale and use its sales and marketing expertise to further establish Country Homes’ reputation as a leading player in the market place.

Mr Ekins said: “2012 will be an exciting year for Country Homes; we have great new vibrant products in the pipeline and are really looking forward to working with the Prestige team.

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“Although it’s sad to see Roy go after he has contributed so much to the success of Country Homes so far we wish him well in his retirement.

“Meanwhile, the future remains as bright as ever for the business.”

Mr Geranio welcomed the deal. “We look forward to a long and profitable relationship with our new Suffolk partners,” he said.