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Buying for Your Business

There are so many reasons why buying a holiday home for your business just makes sense, from incentivising and retaining staff, to the many tax benefits. This guide will explain all the reasons why purchasing your new lodge with Leisure Resorts in Yorkshire or the Lakes is going to be the right decision for you, your team and your business.

Your Employee Retention Strategy

Making your team feel valued, appreciated and motivated will not only lead to increased productivity but will also reduce the likelihood of your employees leaving. Research shows the cost to recruit and train a new employee is around 20% of their annual salary, so if someone earning £35,000 resigns, you could spend around £7,000 organising their replacement!

There are many ways in which you can use your new luxury lodge in the countryside to show your appreciation towards your staff, and help motivate them. Depending on the size of your business, you could treat each of your staff to a weekend away throughout the year. You could offer extra lodge stays as an incentive, e.g. the employee of the month gets an extra holiday.

A break in the lodge could also be given as a way to commemorate special achievements and milestones such as work anniversaries, or if a member of your team was to get married a gift from the business could be a week at the lodge.

By showing that you care about your team, they will be much more likely to go above and beyond to support the needs of the business. Invest in your team and you’ll reap the rewards, after all, a business is only as good as it’s staff!

Ducks on pond at Angrove Country Park at sunset

Employee Wellbeing Scheme

General ‘wellness’ and mental wellbeing are much more widely discussed topics now throughout workplaces, and companies seen to be caring for their employees’ mental and physical health are going to be looked upon more favourably. An excellent candidate with multiple job offers will undoubtably lean towards the business offering a wellbeing scheme, not just for the perks, but for the reassurance that a company offering packages like this will surely be more likely to care about them as a person.

By creating an employee wellbeing scheme, you’re likely to be a much more appealing prospect and will be able to attract and retain the very best candidates. Reasons to offer workplace wellbeing include;

-Improve employee health
-Reduce elevated health risks
-Reduce health care costs
-Improve productivity
-Decrease absenteeism
-Improve employee recruitment and retention
-Build and sustain high employee morale

If you’re putting together a wellbeing scheme for your workplace, then adding in ‘Pet-friendly, hot tub holidays in the Lake District or Yorkshire Dales’ is sure to be a huge boost to your business!

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Buying Through Your Business

Stamp Duty Land Tax
From a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) perspective, in the vast majority of cases, SDLT does not apply to caravans and mobile homes if they can be moved from place to place without being demolished/dismantled or damaging the fabric of the land on which they are sat. The majority of our lodges would fall into this category as they can be moved without being taken apart and without damaging the land. SDLT is however a highly specialist area so you may wish to speak to your accountant for separate advice on this point. For more information, please visit the HMRC manual.

Running Costs
If a lodge is bought through a company, then 100% of the running costs can be claimed as an allowable deduction (subject to the tax treatment of those employees or directors who use the lodge).

If a company buys a lodge which is available for the sole use of a director or a member of their family, then a benefit in kind would arise on the provision of the free accommodation. Under normal circumstances, unless it is let or the company is actively trying to let the property when it is not in use by the director, then a benefit in kind will arise, not just based on the number of weeks the property is occupied but on the basis that the property is available for use by the director for 52 weeks of the year. The director would pay tax at their highest marginal rate and the company would pay Class 1A national insurance on the benefit as well.

If however the lodge is available for use by all of the company employees (and actually used by the employees) the benefit in kind is normally calculated based on the actual use by the director or employee i.e. if an employee is allowed to use the property for one week a year, then they will pay tax on the provision of this benefit at their highest marginal rate.

The tax due on any benefit in kind is paid by the employee in question i.e. in effect, they pay tax on the free accommodation or holiday. In certain situations however, a company can enter into a Pay As You Earn Settlement Agreement with HMRC to effectively pay the tax due on any employees benefits. This only applies however in certain situations where benefits are irregular and not contractual but the “use of a company’s holiday flat” is given as an example in the HMRC guidance. This may therefore be a possibility if a week’s free accommodation is given to employees on an ad hoc basis as part of an incentive arrangement put in place by the employer.

Of course, it is worth discussing the best options to suit your business with your accountant, the above is a general guideline is not specific legal advice.

About Leisure Resorts

Our award-winning parks are located in stunning areas surrounded by beautiful views and countryside walks. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature from the deck of your lodge or the bubbling hot tub, or if you’re looking for adventure then there is plenty to see and do around each park. From lakes, mountains and waterfalls to seaside towns and charming rural villages, Leisure Resorts offers the best of the North, with exceptional customer service and 5* luxury guaranteed.

Our parks are very family-friendly, and that includes your four-legged friends too. We’ve even just built brand new dog agility courses on all our parks!

If you’d like to find out more about the many benefits of holiday home ownership with Leisure Resorts, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

We hope to welcome you to a Leisure Resorts park soon!

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