Britons opting for “staycations” have helped Swift combat the downturn. Founded in 1965 as a touring caravan manufacturer, the Yorkshire firm also designs motor homes, van conversions and holiday homes. As sales at the more expensive end of the market have slowed, Swift has introduced models at a lower price. Chairman Peter Smith is the son of the founder.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank205
CompanyThe Swift Group
ActivityCaravan and motorhome manufacturer
LocationEast Yorkshire
Sales £m197.4
Operating profit £m10.3
Main shareholdersPeter Smith (53%), Keith Brayshaw (8%), other (39%)
Staff901
Founded1964
Websitewww.swiftleisure.co.uk

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