Take an iconic vehicle and a melt-in-the-mouth sweet and you could have a winning combination.
Paul Scott is hoping his 50-year-old VW camper van and a supply of award-winning fudge will be the recipe for success after giving up his day job and ploughing his savings into his new venture.
The former shop manager from Melton Constable bought the camper van last year and after sourcing fudge from a producer in Yorkshire he has put the two together to create The Fudge Bus.
He, and partner Deb Lawton, took the bus full of fudge to sell at a couple of events last summer where he soon realised that it could take off as a full time job.
With its shiny cream and green paintwork with the instantly recognisable VW symbol on the bonnet, vinyl seats that turn into a bed for weekend festivals and events, and oak fronted cubby holes cleverly making the most of every inch of storage space, the bus is already proving the perfect shop front for the new business.
“People are drawn to the bus,” said Mr Scott. “Then they see the fudge and can’t resist it so the two seem to go really well together.”
If the business takes off it will be a dream come true for 42-year-old Mr Scott, who was the shop manager at Pensthorpe Natural Park until last year, as it will be the chance to combine both his love affairs.
“My first car when I was 17 was a VW Beetle and I go to all the VW shows around the country,” he said. “I managed a sweet shop in Hunstanton for four years and made my own fudge so I know how popular it is. So I put the two together and on our first event we sold 50kgs of fudge. We have done some pop-up shops over the winter and now are booking into as many events as we can in Norfolk.
“It has been quite a gamble going from a full time job to working for myself but hopefully this year it will really take off.
“And the bus is a lovely place to work.”
Mr Scott’s camper was built in 1965 and he believes it was first bought by an Austrian and used as a bus to transport a football team to matches, before it was imported to the UK. Its top speed is about 55 miles per hour but Mr Scott prefers it that way as it means stress-free motoring which “puts a smile on your face” and it gets admiring looks wherever it goes.