Cash-strapped Britons opting for “staycations” rather than flying abroad have helped Swift ride out the recession. Founded in 1965 as a touring-caravan manufacturer, the Yorkshire company is still making caravans today under the Sterling, Sprite, Challenger, Bessacarr and Swift brands, as well as four types of motorhome and a range of static holiday homes, priced at up to £70,000 for a luxury two-bedroom model. Sales grew to £192.8m in 2010 under Peter Smith, chairman and son of the founder.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank197
CompanyThe Swift Group
ActivityCaravan and motorhome manufacturer
LocationEast Yorkshire
Sales £m192.8
Operating profit £m10.8
Main shareholdersPeter Smith (43%), Keith Brayshaw (16%), other (41%)
Staff834
Founded1964
Websitewww.swiftleisure.co.uk

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