Income will fall

Jerba founder hoping for lift from staycationers

Staff have returned to complete conversions

Campervan manufacturer Simon Poole is hoping for an uplift in orders from staycationers to help offset a loss of revenue during the lockdown.

Predictions that more people will be holidaying at home this year were backed up by an 80% rise in web traffic to North Berwick based Jerba Campervans.

But enquiries have yet to be converted into firm orders. As things stand income is likely to be down on last year.

Jerba was forced to furlough all 14 staff, and all but one are back at work. Mr Poole reassured the team that the company had reserves to cover full wages.

“For the next six months I’m cautious but optimistic. Enquiries are up, but these need to turn into orders,” admitted Mr Poole.

One of the team left to relocate, and having some new ways of working with regard to Covid will have a small impact on the business.

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“Revenues will be around 25% down on 2019 – basically reflecting the lockdown period,” he said.

“However, we’re always finding ways to speed up production through better ideas, improved processes etc.”

Volkswagen supplies Jerba with the skeletons of the campervans, which it transforms into homes on wheels, made individually to each customer’s specification. 

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