Will, tell SoGlos readers a bit about yourself and where you work.
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.
What’s your background?
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.
What’s the best thing about your job?
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.
How long has CamperVin been established?
We launched in May 2013 with our first van.
How did you come up with the concept?
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.
Have you always been a fan of VW campers?
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.
Did it take a lot of work to restore your vans?
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.
We love the name of business; did it take long to come up with it?
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.
What is CamperVins’ drinks specialism?
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.
What sort of drinks do you sell?
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.
What sort of events do you attend? Has there been a favourite in Gloucestershire so far?
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.
Are you busy year-round or is more popular in the summer?
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.
Can you tell us a bit about your new sister company?
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.
What is your personal, all time favourite drink and why?
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.
What do you get up to outside of work?
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.
Where else do you drink in Gloucestershire?
The Black Horse Inn in Naunton is the best local imaginable and I always hit The Retreat in Cheltenham whenever I am in town.
How do you think CamperVin will have changed or developed in a year’s time?
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.
Do you host any events or have any special offers you think our readers might be interested in?
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. – See more at: http://www.soglos.com/drink/39073/Raising-a-glass-with-Will-Spiers#sthash.fAXWvogC.dpuf