Scott Mann MP has met staff and long-term guests during a visit to Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park, near Padstow. The event was arranged to mark English Tourism Week, providing an opportunity for the MP to talk to park owner Patrick Langmaid about his decision to pay all his staff £8.70 per hour – significantly more than the real living wage rate of £8.45 per hour outside London.

It’s the second consecutive year Mr Mann has recognised the important economic contribution the hospitality sector makes to Cornwall by accepting an invitation to the holiday park during English Tourism Week. He talked to staff who have been very busy preparing for the season which started on Saturday 25 March and was also introduced to Marilyn and Tony Stephens in their caravan. Marilyn, from Worcester, has been holidaying at Mother Ivey’s Bay since 1964 when she was twelve years old and the couple remain devoted fans of the park.

“We now spend about 17 weeks here in total,” she said. “We absolutely love it because it’s so relaxing and the surroundings are stunning. When our children were growing up, they came every year too and now it’s a favourite place for our grandchildren.”

Spanning 35 acres of coastal land near beautiful Trevose Head, the award-winning site has already achieved nearly 3000 bookings for this year.

“2017 looks set to follow 2015 and 2016 as another bumper twelve months for the tourism industry,” said Patrick. “We have a full complement of staff but, post Brexit, I think there will be a shortage of people willing to take on seasonal jobs. That’s why offering excellent rates of pay is so essential. Providing exceptional customer service is part and parcel of the Mother Ivey’s Bay ethos and offering a highly competitive salary is the most effective way of attracting employees with the skills and commitment to deliver that. 

Mr Mann toured the park, enjoyed tea with staff and heard about Patrick’s £3 million investment in a new holiday development at Constantine Bay that is due to be officially opened in June this year.

He said: “I’ve very pleased to see businesses in Cornwall such as Mother Ivey’s Bay staying ahead of the curve on paying the living wage to its staff.

“I’m very proud to be in a party and supporting a government which has introduced the first ever National Living Wage to make sure that working people get a fair pay packet, and I’m also very pleased to see businesses like Mother Ivey’s Bay opting to pay even higher wages to their valued staff.”