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Studio Vans on road to success

Thanks to expert support, Studio Vans successfully launched during lockdown and has now introduced a waiting list to cope with demand from across the UK.

About the business

Founded in June 2020 by chartered engineer, Rob Hall, Studio Vans Ltd make innovative, ready to go fit outs for campervan conversions. By collaborating with local and international makers and designers, Studio Vans offer a customisable service taking advantage of sustainable and premium crafted materials.

The practical business support on funding, business plans and company regulations has been a huge help during the initial start-up period.

How Business Gateway has helped

By working closely with Business Gateway, Rob was able to secure vital funding through the Outer Hebrides Young Entrepreneurs Start-up scheme and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Grants for Growth Scheme. This enabled the business to buy key manufacturing products and contributed to the fitout costs required to help get the business launched at their location in Balivanich.

Rob Hall, Founder of Studio Vans Ltd, said, “As we were relatively new to the island, engaging with Business Gateway was crucial in making new business connections through individual introductions, local events and virtual meetings across the country. Additionally, the practical business support on funding, business plans and company regulations has been a huge help during the initial start-up period.”

Alastair Macleod, Business Adviser at Business Gateway, said, “Thanks to the key connections made through our introductions and the specialist start-up services we provided, Rob and his team were more than prepared when it came to launch the business in June. More specifically, by engaging with our DigitalBoost initiative, it has helped Studio Vans to develop their digital voice, through the creation of engaging social media content, which has been highly successful when it came to promoting the company.

Support provided

Advice on Business Plan

Advice on Company Regulations

Funding Support

Advice on Marketing

Networking Opportunities

DigitalBoost Support

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