Rent A Tent South West Start-up

The idea, market and local support is there, the funding is only part way.

Truro, United Kingdom


Days Left
10 backers

297.00 pledged
of 2,500.00 GBP goal

Created By

Nevine El-Alfy

" Please support my fundraising campaign. "


This Campaign must reach the funding target of 2500 GBP by 10.59pm on 15.12.2012, GMT for it to be successful.

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We are a new company starting up in Cornwall.  Being driven by Nevine, this project has grown from a seed of an idea and is just starting to sprout, grow and bloom!

Over the summer, the business idea was planted and began to grow, after a personal search for a similar, more specific, service (touring equipment for motorcycling) proved fruitless.  Having just completed the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.  We aim to be fully functional by the end of December 2012, ready for booking that camping break for 2013.

We are already Visit Cornwall members and have featured on BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Spotlight Television and in the West Briton newspaper.

What do we do?

We offer tent and camping equipment hire throughout Cornwall.   Pitching is available countywide for a small additional charge, or tents and equipment can be collected from us.  We have equipment for sleeping, dining and for families with babies or toddlers.  We are the ideal choice if you have little or no equipment for camping, or if you just need a tent.  All our equipment and tents have been chosen with simplicity in mind, anyone can easily pitch one of our tents – no experience required!

The business supports the tourism market that forms the backbone to the county of Cornwall.  We aim to tap into the tourism trade that brings people to Cornwall from all over the country, the continent and the world.

Our goals

We should (we hope) be fully self sufficient as a business by the end on the first year.

Within the first 3 years we aim to have sufficient income to increase stock levels and start to work with local festivals and events in Devon and Cornwall.  The plan is to offer accommodation for their staff, and within their VIP areas (to limit the risk of excessive damage and soiling). 

Within the first 5 years we hope to be in a position to expand to offer specialist touring equipment for motorcyclists, hikers and cyclists.  This equipment is expensive as it has to be lightweight and compact, but it is still (if not, more so) vital that it protects from the elements, keeps the user warm and enables cooking in harsh conditions.  We can already offer advice and guidance for touring Cornwall.

Personal history

Nevine has had a troubled few years, being a single parent of two sons, one having Asperger’s Syndrome, has always put a real strain on family life.  Then in 2010, towards the end of her Midwifery degree, Nevine (then aged 28) had a stroke, which was totally unexpected as she was without any of the usual risk factors. This resulted in the discovery of a hole in her heart that had been there since birth. The hole, a patent foreman ovale (PFO) was closed in Bristol in 2011.  Midwifery training was finally completed, despite the interruptions, in January 2012.  However, Nevine has been unable to secure a job.

What we need

With over £6000 needed to fund the start-up and a personal investment of £4000 we are hoping to raise the remaining funds needed to buy initial stock and pay for the first year's advertising and insurance.  Our cashflow forecast suggests that after the first year, the business will make enough to self fund replacement stock as well as insurance and advertising for the second year, and beyond.

What can we give YOU in return?

Our pledge rewards offer you the chance to have your name (or a name of your choice) written on a sign attached to different items that we hire out.  From chairs and sleeping bags up to each tent and bedroom compartment.  We will send you a photograph and certificate showing your name on the item.  If this doesn't interest you, we have some alternative options too, perhaps you just want to hire a tent. If you have something else in mind, please ask - we will accommodate you where we can   :)

All pledges will be offered a link for their business (with or without a picture - it's up to you) on the LINKS page of our website.  This page currently looks very bare - help to fill it!


Update #1

19th Dec 2012By Nevine El-Alfy

Unfortunately we have been unsuccessful in reaching our target.  However, if you have pledged money and would like a link to your business on our website, get in touch :

Thank you everyone for your support.


Francois El-Alfy

Sarah Parks Young

Kerry Smith

Bill Johnstone


Alma Botes

Hil Beavan

Felicity Westmacott

Ahmed El-Alfy

Jack Nutting

4 backers

Because you want to help us succeed. You will receive a heartfelt thank you from us and the opportunity to have your business link on our website.

20 GBP
4 backers

Your name (or a name of your choice) on a chair- "This chair was made possible with thanks to ..."

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

40 GBP
0 backers

Choose an Equipment Pack (sleeping, eating or infant) with a booking you (or a friend) make with Rent a Tent South West

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

50 GBP
1 backer

Your name (or a name of your choice) on a sleeping bag - "This sleeping bag was made possible with thanks to ..."

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

60 GBP
0 backers

Hire of a 3 man tent for up to one week.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

75 GBP
0 backers

Your name (or a name of your choice) on a sleeping mat - "This mat was made possible with thanks to ..."

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

85 GBP
0 backers

Hire of a 5 man tent for up to one week.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

100 GBP
0 backers

Advertising of your business in/on a camping stove box for the life of the box.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

115 GBP
1 backer

Hire of a 6 man tent for up to one week.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

140 GBP
0 backers

Hire of a 8 man tent for up to one week.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

150 GBP
0 backers

Your name (or a name of your choice) on an inner tent bedroom - "This bedroom was made possible with thanks to ..."

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

200 GBP
0 backers

Your name (or a name of your choice) on a tent - all our tents will have names, to enable us to keep track of bookings as well as how much they have been used and when they will need a 'routine service'.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

500 GBP
0 backers

Your business advertised on one windbreak. That's four panels of advertising. For the life of the windbreak. One windbreak will be supplied for hire with each tent rental.

Estimated delivery: Jan 2013.

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