Andrew Bridgen MP, Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire, praised award-winning Forest Holidays for their contribution to local communities and national forests on his recent visit to the company’s National Support Centre in Moira, Derbyshire. He met with Chief Executive Bruce McKendrick and various members of the 71 strong team. Forest Holidays offer unique short breaks and holidays in sensitively designed timber and glass cabins in 9 forest locations throughout the UK and the company employs over 550 people across the business.
Andrew Bridgen MP stated “It has been a pleasure to visit Forest Holidays HQ and not only learn about the success of the company thus far but also its potential going forward. I am delighted to have met the team and officially open the newly refurbished open-plan offices and appreciate what a lovely environment Forest Holidays is to work in. I am happy to promote the company as another one of North West Leicestershire’s many success stories. In its many sites across the UK Forest Holidays are ecologically responsible, offer job creation, increases tourism and local spend.”
Bruce McKendrick expressed his appreciation for the visit by Mr Bridgen and highlighted the wealth of commercial, environmental and educational benefits that Forest Holidays bring to not only the local community but the wider UK. Thanks to its various UK locations, the company facilitates rural regeneration by providing a wide range of jobs in rural areas and economies, generates sustainable tourism and brings significant financial support to the management of public forests throughout the UK.
He said "We are delighted to welcome Andrew Bridgen MP to The Forest Holidays Support Centre. Many local people from Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire have joined our growing business which offers them unrivalled personal development opportunities. With two apprentices at Moira and others studying for professional qualifications as well as 33 people currently on leadership or management development programmes, the company is committed to developing its’ own talent and offering great opportunities in the Midlands.”
A special plaque commemorating the visit was unveiled by Mr Bridgen at the newly refurbished open-plan offices expanded to create double the previous space which now include informal breakout areas to encourage collaborative team working.