If you have dreamed about doing something a little different with regard to a business opportunity, have a look at some transformations of the humble bus into entrepreneurial dreams. Some ingenuity and a lot of creativity has resulted in some great BUSinesses with catchy names.
You will see that with the right combination of knowledge, funding and daring, these entrepreneurs sold more than just bus fares on their buses! Together with Stagecoach, we show some of the best examples from around the UK and the world.
Going to sleep on a bus is no big deal. We’ve all done it sometimes travelling home. But Oliver Kemp, a Yorkshire business man created a functional mobile hotel, calling it BEDROAM. It can be used at events such as festivals and features 18 luxury sleeping pods, two bathrooms and an outdoor space
This particular transformation cost him £60,000 and his work has since been featured on the television show Amazing Spaces. In Australia, the problem of homeless people wanting a place to sleep resulted in another bus conversion to give some unfortunates a place to sleep at night.
Figure 1: http://www.bedroam.co.uk/gallery/
These days of online shopping, retailers need to come up with something a little bit different to attract customers. Lesley Tindle transformed an old Fiat bus into a travelling boutique. It can display stock at events and festivals as well as having customers shop inside the bus.
Figure 2: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/13627031.Meet_the_entrepreneur_who_s_opened_a_boutique____on_a_bus/#
People starting a new business can find it a little expensive renting out office space as well as footing the bill for other costs to set up. So, Rishi Chowdhury converted a double decker bus into ‘IncuBus’, a business incubator that cost the price of a bus-fare to use.
The travelling office space can host up to five start-ups at any one time. It’s proof that an innovative idea can work well, if you’ve got the business sense to try it.
Figure 3: http://www.incubuslondon.com/about/
One of the few times that drinking and driving may not be a traffic offence is when you board the Bar Bus, an idea of owners David Humphreys and Alex Robinson. They converted a 1966 Leyland Titan into a fully equipped bar, complete with a lounge area upstairs. They spent around £60,000 converting it and this is just one example of a bar renovation.
Figure 4: http://www.route14.co.uk/gallery/xmas-market
Alexander Berest’s party bus in Russia expanded the experience when he transformed a bus into a VIP party bus. Where some party busses in the UK are designed to get revellers from one location to another, this one is meant to be the destination.
There is an added catch to doing this in the UK, and that is needing to apply for and be granted a licence to sell alcohol.
There are quite a few different travelling restaurants around the world. For instance, Melbourne has a Tram restaurant. One of the more popular eateries in the UK is the cleverly named Crust Conductor, which serves pizzas in its 34-seater restaurant. As a mobile business, it can visit festivals and food events but is primarily housed in London.
Figure 5: http://www.crustconductor.com/
For budding entrepreneurs wanting to do something a little different, you can transform a bus, traditionally used for transport, into a place of work. Dare to be different, as long as you can afford the capital outlay to get it up and running. Crowdfunding, anyone?