It’s intense: the ups and downs of a camping firm


"The nights may be drawing in and temperatures dropping, but Mark Lawless is still basking in the afterglow of a long, hot summer. “You can have glorious weather this year, as we did, but lots of people were already committed to their holidays and had booked their trip away,” Mr Lawless, founder and chairman of Kampa, says. “We’re expecting to benefit next year from the good weather this year.” By benefit, he means a year of bumper sales for the camping kit maker.

Mr Lawless, 58, has been in the industry long enough to be familiar with its sales cycles. He started selling camping equipment when he left school at 18 and joined his father as a sales agent. This followed a childhood exploring the great outdoors, of British holidays in a caravan with his father and camping trips to the Lake District and north Wales with the Scouts."

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We'd like to thank Hannah Prevett and The Times for featuring Kampa.