The frailties of the housing market convinced Helen's family to turn a hobby into a business
HR Multisport is a fairly new small family business that produces camper vans and transporters, mostly for motor sports such as bike and car racing. Almost all builds we carry out are bespoke.
My husband Bob and I, a former property surveyor and housebuilder, realised after the housing market slowed down in 2009 that we needed to diversify. So we took our hobby of converting campers for our own family use and tailored it to suit motor sport.
Well, through experience we have gathered a great deal of skills and knowledge, which has led to us growing the business. First our son Rob and daughter Rebecca joined the team, and then we increased staffing levels to suit our order book.
No two days are alike. We have customers across Europe, so it keeps me on my toes! Most days start with returning calls and emails, and I also work with my office team to design layouts and produce specifications for customers.
On workshop visits we show the progress of customer’s vehicles and help them make material choices.
Growing the business and the HR Multisport brand in such a short time. We feel it is fully established now, and it’s fantastic to look at the end product.
We’re building a 13m bespoke trailer for an offshore racing team to carry a powerboat and accommodate six people in luxury.
The excellent team here at HR Multisport, from the office staff to the coach-building workshop and our great selection of sub-contractors.
Being inspired with the ability to assess ideas and new technology and implementing them for the benefits of the business and customers.
There’s never enough time to carry out everything I would like to do, for the business and my family.
More knowledge of lorries and HGVs.
To have started the business 20 years earlier than we did!
It’s always good to read great features aimed at businesses with similar experiences and striving for the same goals.
We hope to grow our EU sales from 20 per cent of our business to nearer 50 per cent, with growth into exhibition vehicles too.
I really enjoy cooking for my family and gardening when it’s nice weather, as well as getting behind the steering wheel of a car on the track.