Living in a caravan inspires entrepreneur to start award-winning business

Matt Sims with his caravan

An entrepreneur who founded an award-winning motorhome business has lifted the lid on where the inspiration for the company came from.

Matt Sims started The Motorhome Holiday Company in the aftermath of the breakdown of his marriage when he found himself living in a caravan.

He said: “I decided to move into a caravan, which was both brilliant and dire. I was at a crossroads in life at a personal and professional level and looking for a way to move forward.

“I enjoyed lovely sunsets and microwave meals for one. But while trudging across the field to go to the shower in chilly, wet weather, I knew it was a short-term solution.”

Despite quickly coming to the conclusion that he wanted to move back into a house, Mr Sims experienced first hand the lure of leisure vehicles and their potential for making holiday memories.

He added: “I saw the motorhome industry as one with huge potential to grow and I wanted to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.”

So the Motorhome Holiday Company was born with a focus on introducing families and couples to the world of motorhome holidays.

The business started out with five motorhomes to hire and quickly expanded to a fleet of 15 leisure vehicles, which has increased again to 20.

It now offers hire, sales, storage and repairs, as well as camping and caravanning accessories at That Leisure Shop, and travel guidance through the Staycation Inspiration magazine.

The company has been recognised with a number of accolades, including winning the Best Luxury Motorhome Hire UK category of the Business Excellence Awards in 2019 and 2020.