As the days are about to start getting longer again, it’s a great time to reflect on 2016. While at the same time hatching our plans for a fabulous 2017.
Richie and I are now in our fourth year, since we created Vintage VW Campers and every year gets better and better. Thanks to all of you who have participated or shared in our journey along the way.
In 2016 we welcomed more self-drive holiday guests than ever, chauffeured more brides and grooms than before and somehow, we seem to have ended up with an end of year count of nine Volkswagens and a Teardrop Trailer to look after!
Vintage Campervans in the News
Blondie & The Nodpod featured in a major German network TV show: “Once Camping, Always Camping.” Which was shot in 2015 and aired in June this year.
Robin McKelvie, one of Scotland’s foremost travel writers took his family on an adventure with our own Ziggy Starvan in The Scottish Borders. He was then kind enough to share his experiences through his writing on Welcome to Scotland and The Daily Record.
We were chosen as one of only seven Scottish businesses, to represent Small Business Saturday UK 100. Not only was this a great honour but it led to our business being introduced to more people through articles in The Herald, The Scotsman, The Express and an interview on Talk Radio. (We had to turn down our invite to 10 Downing Street but I hear the PM didn’t make it either!)
Our Small Business Saturday Open Day was a great success, lots of fun and we even managed to raise over £150 for Strathcarron Hospice at the same time.
Our Guest Best Photo Competition 2016 has been won by Matt Hay but there really were (as always) some great contenders.
Reliable Campervans & Team of Experts
I’m happy to report that in 2016 we had nothing returned to Vintage VW Campers HQ on a tow-truck and all the extremely hard work that our mechanic, Davie at Solway Campers put in was well worth the time, money and effort.
Richie and Davie are currently expending the same effort, with our winter restoration programme, ensuring 2017 goes just as well.
Meanwhile I’m working on lots of exciting website content updates and the complicated, techy stuff is in the capable hands of Carl at Karbon Designed. Business Gateway and their Digital Boost training and consultancy has been a great support for me also.
If happiness really is a state of mind we can control, then it’s important to set and preferably write down our goals for 2017.
Some of my strongest desires don’t change year on year. In 2017 I’d like to have 100% guest satisfaction. I’d also like to share our beautiful campervans and country with even more customers than before.
Although the domestic market is our strongest, followed by Europe, North America and Australasia, we were delighted to welcome guests from Thailand and Singapore for the first time this year. I wonder what new nationalities we will meet in 2017; wherever you are in the world please visit Scotland and if you fancy seeing the scenery from the slow lane, please check out our family of classic campers.
Best Christmas Gift Ever
I really need to get to the post office now, as I have more of our VW Campervan Gift Experience Vouchers to post. If you or your loved ones are planning a self-catering holiday in Scotland in 2017, then our vouchers could possibly be the best Christmas gift ever. There’s still time to get your order in by calling 0131 344 4146 or emailing [email protected].
Brides & Grooms, or anyone celebrating life’s milestones can also use our gift vouchers towards chauffeur driven experiences in our 1965 VW splitscreen microbus, Meg.
Volkswagen campervan hire in Scotland really is a unique adventure of a lifetime. Where will your 2017 journey take you?
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.”
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.”
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.”
VW Camper Adventures in Scotland
As we reflect on what feels like a very quick year at Vintage VW Campers HQ, we are delighted by looking back over our guests’ photos and sharing them with you. Hope they delight you too!
We actually could do with your help please in choosing an overall winner from the top twenty featured here. Not only will you be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher to put towards your own Vintage VW Campers adventure, simply by voting for the winner; you will also be helping our winning guest get a fabulous goodie bag.
Lola at possibly the best picnic bench in the world by Andrew Webster
Lola in Glencoe3 by Jonny Danks
Oor Wullie with Ava by Alison Peden
Ziggy in sunshine by Gareth Walker
Thanks for looking, now please cast your vote on Facebook or email the title of your favourite to [email protected] If you vote for the winning photo, you will be put in a draw to win £50 voucher towards a trip with us, what a great way to start 2016!