My name’s Will Spiers, I’m 32, and I am the founder and owner of CamperVin, the ultimate mobile bar business. I was born and grew up in Cheltenham but I’m now a country convert, living in Bourton-on-the-Water.
I have worked in hospitality since the age of 14, whether it’s been my main job or as a second job while I worked in financial advice and recruitment, but it’s always where my heart lay.
I love it. Every day is different and there are so many challenges, ultimately the buck stops with me and it gives so much satisfaction when we do a great job for our clients.
We launched in May 2013 with our first van.
It evolved in all honesty, I had seen some vehicle and caravan-based bars and decided I was going to take the plunge and do something similar. Initially the plan was to build a bar around a VW camper but it was suggested we modify the vehicle to be the actual bar and then we worked with some great designers to bring the concept to life.
I have, they have such a classic feel to them and ever since I was little I thought they were fantastic. It’s amazing to see how many people they appeal to as well.
It was an enormous amount of work; this hadn’t been done before so there were a lot of obstacles to overcome and a lot of things to learn about how it needed to be done. We didn’t have a plan or set of drawings to work from so it really was an evolution.
I’ll be honest; it was the first name I came up with driving back from my recruitment job one day. I loved it and stuck with it.
We serve a great range of products and everything has been carefully selected to offer a premium offering. We believe our drinks are fantastic and love working closely with our suppliers to showcase the effort and passion they put into making them.
We offer a full range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails as standard but the offering is flexible so we can do a specialist wines, Champagne, cocktails or even a gin bar.
We do a huge variety of events including horse racing, food and drink festivals, charity events, music concerts, weddings, birthdays, firework parties and more. My favourite so far would have to be Cheltenham Races, I love going there as a visitor and it was great being on the other side of the fence for a change.
We do have bookings and events all year round but the summer season is much busier; from the end of April through to the end of September we have only had one weekend without a booking.
We are delighted to have launched Willy’s Wine Bar; it is a converted 1969 Rice Trailer horsebox and has been finished to an incredible standard. The wines we offer are really premium, and the reaction to it has been absolutely amazing, in fact delighted would be an understatement.
I’ve really fallen in love with gin and tonics recently. They used to be so generic but there’s so much variety and the quality has improved so much in recent years that there is so much choice now. My personal favourite has to be Cotswolds Distillery's Dry Gin with Fever Tree Tonic and fresh lime.
I have much less social time now, especially at weekends, but I try and play golf, hockey and cricket as much as possible. I love watching rugby, following Gloucester and England, and I’m really looking forward to the World Cup later this year and getting along to some games.
I think we will move out of the food festival market and aim for more horse racing, weddings and corporate work in the next year or so.
We are attending some great local events in the coming months and we are still offering a no booking fee for events within 25 miles of Cheltenham if they are booked this year.
For more information call Campervin on 07500 802753.
Tuesday 14 July 2015
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