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Small Business Saturday-We’re Having a Party!

Vintage VW Campers, based in Falkirk hire out Volkswagen Bay Window campervans for self-drive holidays and a chauffeur-driven VW Splitscreen Microbus for Weddings and events. They are among the select number of businesses to be featured by the ‘Small Biz 100’ campaign each day for the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on December 3rd.

The business started trading in 2014 and was born out of a lifetime love of exploring Scotland, demonstrating Scotland’s famous hospitality and of course campervans. All of the 1960s & 1970s vehicles have been lovingly restored and are fine examples of classic Volkswagens.

Ishbel Moffat, owner of Vintage VW Campers, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Small Biz 100; championing independent, smaller businesses is very close to our hearts. Like many we look back nostalgically on 1970s shopping trips to exciting, independent retailers and wish our High Streets were just as bustling now.

The Scottish Tourism industry is made up of so many small businesses and we can achieve more working in collaboration. We actively promote the small businesses at home and on our regular tourist routes.

Richie Baird, my partner and I set up Vintage VW Campers following redundancy from separate employers. Redundancy has led to the creation of thousands of small businesses and if we don’t buy from them now, we will lose them all over again.”

Lola orange VW for hire
Lola orange VW for hire

Christmas Shopping VW Campervan Event

“On Saturday 3rd December we will be holding an open day at our Granary Square HQ. A chance for visitors to get up close and personal with some of our VWs and perhaps do some Christmas shopping as well. We will be selling campervan experience gift vouchers, upcycled VW parts (think clocks made out of hubcaps) and our campervan photobooth could provide the perfect image for your 2016 Christmas Cards! Everyone purchasing something on the day will be entered into a prize draw for a night away in one of our campervans as well. This includes online sales, so you don’t need to be there to enter but as we are a five minute drive from The Kelpies, Callander House & The Falkirk Wheel you may want to make a day of it.”

Please let us know you are coming over on our Facebook event page or through Eventbrite

or email us at [email protected]

If you can’t make the Open Day but would like to view any of our VWs, please email [email protected] to arrange an appointment.

If you would like to buy gift vouchers online learn how to here

What is Small Business Saturday?

In its fourth year, Small Business Saturday is already the UK’s most successful small business campaign – in 2015 it saw £523m spent with small businesses across the UK, an increase of £119m from the previous year.

Last year the campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day, with more than 100,000 campaign-related tweets being sent.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, not-for-profit organisation, originally founded by American Express in the US in 2010 as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

The campaign also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses.

Catriona Cripps, FSB’s Chair in Forth Valley, said: “It is fantastic to see a great Falkirk business like Vintage VW Campers to be selected as one of prestigious “Small Biz 100”. I am delighted for Ishbel.

“We have lots of amazing independent smaller firms in Falkirk, and we want the people in Falkirk to get behind Small Business Saturday campaign by buying, eating or playing with local firms. Small businesses are the backbone of Falkirk’s economy, and Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to highlight their great role and give them a bit of extra love.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.”