Enterprise that’s setting new trends in the leisure sector

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EVEN in the depths of winter, we can all dream of a sleek caravan and the open road.

Yorkshire businessman Chris Vaudin has created the Zone caravan, which boasts a teardrop style inspired by the fashion trends of the 1920s. Mr Vaudin has invested around £250,000 of his own money into developing Zone Leisure, after spending almost a quarter of a century specialising in commercial van conversions. Each fibre glass caravan is individually ‘fired’ in a huge oven at the AMRC on the Advanced Manufacturing Park near Rotherham.

Mr Vaudin, who owns a manufacturing base in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, is also looking to expand and develop a rental fleet of vehicles in a range of sizes. The company employs between six and 10 people, depending on demand.

“Most people find time for leisure,’’ said Mr Vaudin. “It’s a release.”

Since its launch in 2012, the Zone has sold 12 models, and achieved a turnover of around £130,000.

In the longer term, Mr Vaudin would like to make 300 models and turnover between £5m and £6m a year.

“We have had interest from South Africa, Iceland, Spain, Italy and France,’’ Mr Vaudin added.

If you feel like hitting the road, The Zone is on sale for around £12,995.