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Seasonal businesses make the most of the Great British summer

POSTED: 30th July 2014
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While, for the majority of the UK, the summer is a time for rest and relaxation, for committed seasonal business owners, the busiest time of the year is just beginning.

undefinedIn the latest instalment in Aldermore’s Budding Businesses series, the Bank recognises the SMEs who put in the hours to ensure the rest of the country can enjoy the warm summer months.

The Lazy Camper

In 2011, a nineteen year old Jacob Hill had a wholly unsatisfying experience with leaky camping gear at Leeds Festival. Rather than complain, the enterprising young camper set out to change the face of the industry, offering festival-goers affordable pre-pitched tents or collection-ready camping kits at the festival site. Just three years later, The Lazy Camper has become a stalwart on the UK festival scene, earning Hill the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award in 2013.

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

Having started her career as a kitchen assistant in Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie in Manchester, after eight years in the food business, Claire Kelsey decided it was time to go out on her own. Purchasing an ice cream van using her savings, Kelsey set up Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, a vintage ice cream business with a difference. Ginger’s specialises in ‘ice cream for adults,’ with unusual, inventive flavour combinations that earned Kelsey the British Street Food - Best Dessert award for two years running.

Garden XL

Opening their doors in 2006, the dedicated team at Garden XL, based outside Maidenhead, supply the British public with everything they need to appreciate the great outdoors in summer, from barbecues and garden furniture to wellington boots. The business also offers a side line in Christmas trees to tide them over during the colder months.

Copas Fruit Farm

The origins of the Copas family’s farming traditions date right back to 1890, when current owner James Copas’ great grandfather first started renting arable land. Today though, the family business has changed significantly, focusing in particular on offering the public the chance to pick their own home-grown fruit and vegetables, from
asparagus and peas to apples and strawberries.

Pyranha Kayaks

Despite having grown to become Europe’s foremost specialist manufacturer of canoes and kayaks, Pyranha are still committed to designing and building all their products in Britain, playing their part in the UK’s manufacturing sector. The brand’s ‘by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts’ ethos means Pyranha are constantly striving to deliver innovative, high-quality products.

Aldermore wishes each of these inspiring SMEs good luck over the coming months, and offers advice on dealing with seasonal fluctuations for businesses like them. 

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