A Brighouse youngster has won £180,000 worth of investment, taken on a team of six and landed a contract to be the online camping partner of one of the UK’s leading music events.
Jacob Hill founded complete festival kits company The Lazy Camper in November 2011 and has been growing the business steadily at the same time as studying at Huddersfield University on its Enterprise Development Course.
The company has now partnered with V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, to offer one of the easiest camping options ever to the 170,000 attending the events in August.
The Lazy Camper is also partnering with other UK festivals including Beach Break Live, Wakestock, Cockrock, Lounge on the Farm and Beacons, and is in talks about distributing to festivals in Europe, the United States and Australia.
Jacob said: “I am excited at the success of The Lazy Camper and proud that it will be a part of so many festivals this year. I hope this is only the start - I want to keep developing the brand to offer more quality, convenient and affordable products that take the pain out of travelling and camping.”
The 20-year-old has also secured investment from serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Graham Leslie and coffee connoisseur and business investor David Cooper who will both take roles in the company alongside four other people taking staff numbers from two to seven within weeks.
Mr Leslie said: “I am extremely proud to be associated with The Lazy Camper and to be able to support and fund such an adventurous person as Jacob, who has developed his business so successfully by himself and just a few friends.
“In the past eight weeks, he’s not only taken on five new employees but more than doubled his predicted annual turnover to £900k – this is indicative of the quality of Jacob and his team as well as the mentoring by David Cooper and support given by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan, and Professor John Thompson.”