Fourteen jobs could be at risk at Skipton-based Dales Holiday Cottages.

The firm – which has been based in Skipton for more than 25 years – is part of Hoseasons Holdings, which has been bought for about $60 million US dollars by American-based Wyndham Exchange & Rentals.

The American company also owns the Earby-based Holiday Cottages Group and plans to combine its UK operations.

“This will involve bringing together the very best talents, operations and processes in both businesses to create the leading specialist domestic holiday provider in the UK market,” said a spokesman for Wyndham Exchange & Rentals.

A small number of job losses are expected and a 30-day consultation has started.

The firm says key elements of the integration process include:

* Two centres – one at Earby for cottages and villas and the other at Lowestoft in Norfolk for parks, lodges, apartments and boating.

* Bringing the two UK businesses under one team led by managing director Geoff Cowley, who runs the Holiday Cottages Group.

* The promotion of Pali Badwal, of Hoseasons, to operating director of the parks, lodges, apartments and boating. He will lead the Lowestoft site.

The Wyndham’s spokesman said: “We will discuss our exciting growth plans for the business once the communication and consultation process has run its course.”

Dales Holiday Cottages has more than 700 cottages across Northern England and Scotland while the Holiday Cottages Group manages more than 10,000 properties in the UK and another 5,000 in Europe.