‘AirBNB of caravanning’ startup recruiting local to head up UK expansion

‘AirBNB of caravanning’ startup recruiting local to head up UK expansion

A Hunter-based startup expanding into the UK and Ireland wants to recruit an Aussie to be its UK Manager.

Founder and CEO of Camplify, the “AirBNB for caravans and camping”, Justin Hales, said the UK was a logical expansion point, given the similar culture and the current 15 per cent annual growth of caravanning and camping in the UK.

Camplify links people wanting to hire a caravan or RV with private owners anywhere in Australia. Justin said there are lots of city dwellers in the UK looking to caravan or camp.

The UK has around 850,000 RVs (compared to Australia’s 500,000) and 60 million camping nights.

The expansion into the UK comes after continued business growth and an injection of capital from newly ASX listed motor home group Apollo Tourism & Leisure.

Camplify has selected Hunter-based recruitment firm, Forsythes Recruitment, to undertake the national search.

Forsythes Recruitment Consultant, James MacDonald said the successful candidate will need to be entrepreneurial, comfortable working in a digital business, able to take a business to scale as well as being a connector of people and able to tell the Camplify story to UK and Irish residents.

“We see this role as suiting someone who is self sufficient and looking to prove themselves as capable of being in a senior role,” James said.

“The candidate will train in Australia before moving to the UK to work from the exciting English tech city of Bristol where the position will be based.”

Camplify set up in 2014 with backing from the NRMA motorist’s organisation and Artesian Capital. It is a success story from the Slingshot Accelerator Program and was born out of Justin’s childhood love of caravanning.

Forsythes Recruitment is the largest locally owned recruitment and organisational development firm in the Hunter. It has offices in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Sydney as well as national and global reach through the NPAworldwide network.

IMAGE | Camplify is looking for a Manager to head up its UK expansion.


Camplify connects RV owners with holidaymakers, sharing the joy of camping.

Camplify emerged from the 2014 NRMA Slingshot Jumpstart Accelerator Program - a tech accelerator that helps innovative companies launch into the great beyond of high growth tech businesses. 

Our peer-to-peer caravan hire service was developed by an Aussie team of camping and caravanning lovers who saw a need for something new.

The idea came from CEO Justin Hales' childhood love of caravanning.

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