BIZWATCH: PENARTH COUPLE’S TINY DRINKS-CARAVAN PULLS IN THE CUSTOMERS

The Roaming Caravan Co's 1970's vintage Sprite 400 caravan caravan has been adapted as a mobile drinks bar.

The Roaming Caravan Co’s 1970’s vintage Sprite 400 caravan  has been adapted as a mobile drinks bar.

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 .

This chilly Christmas mulled wine is on the wine list

This chilly Christmas mulled wine is on the wine list

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.

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8 Responses to BIZWATCH: PENARTH COUPLE’S TINY DRINKS-CARAVAN PULLS IN THE CUSTOMERS

  1. Taffy says:

    Good luck. Hope to see you in a place near me!

  2. whatsoccurin says:

    Good luck. When living in Danescourt I used to walk into town through Llandaff fields. One summer a ,mature chap had an old reliant van and was doing a similar thing driving around different parts of the fields selling snacks, drinks etc. Cosmestopn in the summer might be a good location. for you.

  3. Chris Shamb says:

    Steals trade from local businesses then off to the next town, nice.

  4. Big Davey says:

    Superb, well done, great initiative.

  5. Peter Church says:

    Yes,
    I would be annoyed as a trader paying my business rates all year round only for them to come in a Christmas to steal the best bit of business.
    Local sales tax is the only answer, applies to everything even online purchases!

    • whatsoccurin says:

      what about the charity shops next door-rate relief, tax concessions, volunteer labour and well-paid managers.

  6. The Tax payer says:

    Brilliant. Well done and wish you the best of luck with this. Hope to see you in Penarth and don’t pay any atension to the grumps of this world 👍

  7. Jill Needham says:

    Excellent idea very in vogue st weddings.

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