Belfast Telegraph

Camper company secures Invest NI funding

By Louise Small

An award-winning Co Down company is to open a new base in Scotland after a £500,000 investment.

Carryduff-based Bunk Campers claims to be the only multi-territory campervan and motorhome rental firm in the UK and Ireland and will expand its fleet of 40 campervans after opening the new office. The investment will also create four new jobs.

Invest NI has offered more than £40,000 of support, partly under its Jobs Fund initiative which is part of the Boosting Business campaign.

Managing director and co-founder of Bunk Campers Keith Charlton said: "We rent campervans to a broad range of international tourists through our online trading facility and through our relationships with tour operators.

"Our product is now offered in over 35 markets worldwide through travel agents.

"To grow the business further we need to target new markets and with Invest NI's support we are recruiting staff to help us develop our online marketing strategy and our franchise model."

Manager of Invest NI's Eastern Regional Office Oonagh Hinds said: "Bunk Campers has grown significantly since it was set up five years ago and this investment marks the next stage of its development. With Invest NI's support it is expanding its work force and operations and is also exploring franchise opportunities in the UK and Europe, which could significantly increase its turnover.

"With the anticipated increase in visitors to Ireland, it is a timely investment which should pay dividends," she added.