Planning Solutions Limited was established, by Michael Stickland, in 1995 following a long career in the leisure industry working in operational management roles for the likes of Mecca Leisure and Warner Holiday Villages and Hotels, which culminated in him becoming a Board Director of the Rank Organisation Holidays division and latterly Managing Director of Rank Holidays and Hotels Developments Ltd.

Whilst initially focussing on assisting clients to evaluate new project potential and achieve planning approval for new leisure developments, the company quickly expanded its services to offer a range of management and consultancy solutions to the Visitor Attractions and UK holidays sectors in particular and the wider leisure sector, including overseas ventures in the Middle East.

Planning Solutions which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015 now operates a number of leisure businesses including CONKERS, the National Brewery Centre, Kent Life, the Cotswolds Country Park and Beach, and the Super Tubing experience in South Wales, Onboard TV (an advertising service on Wightlink ferries), the Royal Esplanade Hotel, Vertigo Adventures in Welwyn Garden City, the Heritage Brewing Company and the Bembridge Bakery on the Isle of Wight.

Over the years the services that Planning Solutions offers has attracted a broad range of clients from the private, public and not for profit sectors. In order to service these requirements Mike has recruited a strong team of leisure sector specialists and to provide focus has split the original company into two complimentary organisations – Planning Solutions Limited and Planning Solutions Consulting Limited. The two companies are still based in the same office in Havant, Hampshire and many projects undertaken require the skills and specialisms of both companies.

Planning Solutions Limited with Mike at the helm, now specialises in offering operational management and related leisure operational services covering Visitor Attractions, Leisure Catering, Tourism Accommodation, Retail and Compliance.

Planning Solutions Consulting Limited, under MD Kevin Brown concentrates in the areas of Business Planning, Research & Evaluation, Strategic Development, Income Generation, Heritage Lottery Fund projects and Marketing. Click here to find out more about Planning Solutions Consulting Limited.