16th September 2017
Bailey of Bristol has opened its doors again to the Bailey Owners’ Club (BOC) for their biennial Works Rally held earlier this month. Over 150 outfits from all over the UK, including a record number of motorhomes, took part in this year’s event held at Dyrham Park near Bath.
The main attraction of the event for members is the opportunity to visit the company’s South Liberty Lane manufacturing facility where they received a guided tour of the premises by the Bailey Production Team. There they witness first-hand the assembly process from start to finish, giving them a greater understanding of how their caravan or motorhome was produced using the Bailey patented Alu-Tech construction system. It was also an opportunity for them to meet the people who made their vehicles including Bailey Senior Management team who also spent time with club members and their vehicles at Dyrham Park over the weekend.
The manufacturing facility is already widely regarded as one the most advanced in Europe, featuring as it does the only mechanised production line in the UK, however as a forward thinking company Bailey has continued to invest in plant and machinery to ensure it maintains its competitive edge. Club members were able to witness first-hand the changes introduced following the 18-month ‘Aurora’ project which has resulted in the complete re-configuration of the main assembly to reflect modern manufacturing principals in terms of presentation and working practises. They also got a glimpse into the future when they were shown round the brand new £2.3 million Replenishment Centre, the first phase of Bailey’s extensive 5-Year site re-development programme.
As part of the weekend itennary members also got their first chance to visit the new Bailey Parts Direct Centre located to the north of Bristol near the M4 / M5 motorway interchange. This 1,200m2 facility offers customers an expanded range of 13,000+ parts and accessories, 85% of which can be delivered to their door in 24 hours. As a result Bailey parts supply has become a fully commercial operation, providing a seven day a week service via a dedicated customer-friendly web site (www.bailey-parts.co.uk) and a professionally staffed Click and Collect centre.
In addition to the tours there was the opportunity for club members to have a sneak preview of the models from the new Autograph motorhome range plus to meet representatives from some of the Company’s key component suppliers - Alde, Dometic, Truma, Whale and WSL. Bailey also held a parts and accessories sale in aid of its chosen charity - St Peter’s Hospice. The Bailey Owners generously dipped into their pockets to raise a record total of £3,037.21 for this very worthy cause.
Commenting on the weekend Nick Howard, Managing Director of Bailey of Bristol said: “We always enjoy hosting the BOC on their Works Rally weekend. It is great for our staff to meet people who are genuinely interested in what they do and who really enjoy using the leisure vehicles they produce”.
“We were particularly encouraged by the positive feedback we received on the changes we have made to plant as a result of the Aurora programme since their last visit two years ago. It has been a period of great change for the company and it reassuring to know that our most loyal group of customers are appreciative of our efforts to take ourselves forward as a business” he added.
The BOC was founded in 1970 and now has over 500 members making it one of the largest in the UK. It is open to the owners of all Bailey leisure vehicles, both caravans and motorhomes. For more details on how to join the club and to take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the Bailey factory click on www.baileyownersclub.org.
Former ‘Allo Allo’ star and caravanner Arthur Bostrom meets and greets the visitors to the factory
Club members receive a tour of the new-look manufacturing plant hosted by Bailey production staff
First chance to look around the brand new £2.3m Replenishment Centre
A chance to chat with the Senior Bailey Management team over a cup of tea after the tour
Caricaturists provided the visitors with a unique memento of their visit