At Bailey, we are one big family. We have been building Bailey leisure vehicles here in South Bristol since 1948 and are now very much part of the local community. The majority of our employees live nearby and been with us for a long time (average length of service is actually 12 years). As result, our workforce possesses the necessary skill and experience to successfully manufacture a complex range of caravans and motorhomes in the same plant.
Unlike many of our competitors all of our full-time technicians are salaried to ensure to everybody working here is focussed on quality as well as quantity. This way, we encourage our employees to take ‘ownership’ of the production process, work closely as a team and participate in the development of our products.
In return, we see strong staff satisfaction, morale and motivation, which is why our productivity levels are the highest in the industry.
Whilst a product is only as good as the people behind it, it is important that they have the tools to do the work required. Consequently, over the past two decades in particular Bailey has invested heavily in its South Liberty Lane production facility, to the extent that it is now widely regarded as one of the most advanced in Europe. Central to this was the installation of the UK’s first and to-date only mechanised assembly line, which means our technicians can devote all of their time to actually building our leisure vehicle improves both the speed and accuracy of the production process.
Not wishing to rest on our laurels however, we have recently taken the bold decision to completely re-develop our existing 14.5-acre site over the next five years to push UK leisure vehicle manufacturing to the next level. The relocation of our Parts Direct operation to North Bristol and our Large Panel Laminating Plant (where we produce the caravan sides, ceilings and floors) to North Somerset we have cleared the space for building work to begin. In 2016 Phase One of the programme was completed with the construction of a purpose-built Replenishment Centre which allows us to house the thousands of components required to create our caravans and motorhomes under one roof.
We are confident that with this investment, along with the continued support of our loyal workforce, Bailey caravans and motorhomes will remain a familiar sight throughout the country for seventy more years
We moved to our current home nearly sixty years ago when we very much a fledgling business. Since then the company has changed beyond all recognition and our site has grown ten-fold in size.
Scroll through the timeline below to see some of the key changes we have made during our time at South Liberty Lane and see how the site has grown and changed over the years.