Verdant Leisure named 14th best company to work for in Scotland


Portfolio company, Verdant Leisure, have been named 14th in the Best Companies’ top 50 companies to work for in Scotland.

Portfolio company, Verdant Leisure, have been named 14th in the Best Companies’ top 50 companies to work for in Scotland.

Verdant Leisure operate across the North East of England and Scotland, providing self-catering lodge and caravan holidays, and holiday-home ownership.

The business is location-driven, providing families with the chance to be together in stunning places on the coast or in the hills of Northern Britain.

Holidaymakers can expect great on-site facilities, outstanding customer service, excellent accommodation and a fine range of homes for sale. The parks provide everyone with the chance to try out new activities or explore the local area.

Verdant Leisure pride themselves on supporting charities, including the Scottish, Northumberland and Durham Wildlife Trusts, and each year they offer owners, guests and staff the chance to nominate and vote for a Charity of the Year. In 2018, this was The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Last year, the company were finalists in the Customer-Centric Organisation category in the UK Business Awards, while CEO Graham Hodgson was shortlisted for the Inspirational Leader Award.

Some of the reasons Verdant came top

Employees get educational visits to experience the product first hand, plus discounted holidays. Employees visiting the sites enjoy free use of the facilities and get discounts in the restaurants. Senior managers, directors and HR have an open-door policy and are flexible and supportive.

Verdant considers the environment carefully and was recently awarded membership of the Green Tourism scheme. The Green Team help the firm use less energy, water and raw materials. Team members and customers choose a Charity of the Year.

Verdant hold an annual team conference which includes 13 awards that recognise those who’ve made an outstanding contribution to the business. Winners receive an award and a £1,000 salary increase. Runners-up get a certificate of recognition and a £500 salary increase.

We’re confident that Verdant will maintain this momentum and continue to grow its portfolio of leisure parks over the next few years.

Ed Fazakerley

Partner, Palatine Private Equity