Two enterprising Penarth residents, Tom Prosser and ex-advertising-executive Narelle Dancey, have converted a tiny vintage caravan into the thriving hub of a mobile catering enterprise that can cope with up to 500 customers at a time.
Both wanted to run their own business, get off the 9-to-5 treadmill and get into the busy “pop-up” event-scene – where everything happens in just one day and then moves on to another town .
Searching an internet auction site they put a successful bid in on a tiny – but totally original – 1970s Sprite 400 caravan – which they confess was “a bit of a wreck” . They spent almost a year renovating it and converting it into a vintage mobile bar.
Financial help was received from Business Wales and they also tapped into a start-up bursary from Inspiring the Vale which provides young entrepreneurs with cash to help them start their own business.
The Roaming Caravan Co. – as the business is now called – hit the road running and travels from event to event calling in at festivals and markets around the Vale of Glamorgan , serving up everything from beer to champagne, cider to spirits and the caravan’s own very own cocktails. In the run-up to Christmas mulled wine has been added to the menu.
The next step for Narelle and Tom – who both retained their day-jobs – is to acquire a coffee machine for the little caravan…and yes, they think they’ll be able to squeeze it in…somehow.