My name is Barry Palmer and in the last few years I have started a specialist VW Camper hire company in Enniskillen called Dunrunnin ltd. I have always had a passion for things that were different and always wanted to do something other than my 9-5 job but of course it had to be flexible and, more so, it had to be enjoyable.
To start I completed the business course at the Enterprise Centre. I was involved before with another business idea some years ago. Although the course appears short, it is brilliant for understanding everything and if you proceed with your business like I did then they are very good at explaining each part.
I put a business plan together and approached Ulster bank on a 50/50 basis. We remortgaged our house for the first half and took out a 7 year business loan on the other.
Balance in the business
As with any business, there are bedding in issues and possible change of plans, just to get the balance right. I purchased a 1976 VW Westfalia called “Charlie”and a 1962 VW Splitscreen called “suzie” to test both holiday and wedding hire.
Having suddenly realised I “may” have to attend a wedding every Saturday, I quickly changed my mind, selling “suzie” on and buying a second holiday hire vehicle. This time we took about a full restoration ourselves which I am very proud of, she is a 1974 VW Westfalia and is named “sandie”
Since then I have introduced a much more modern vehicle also and have named him “Georgie”
Being a seasonal business suits me well but financially can be difficult. I am currently on the verge of my 3rd year trading but only my second full season and finally the business will support itself. With my set up and conversion costs now out of the way, my business can start to show profit and possibly some growth in the coming 2/3 years.
Written by Barry Palmer. For more information visit www.dunrunnin.com