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Glamp-over business prepares to launch after lockdown delay

PUBLISHED: 11:46 29 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:53 29 May 2020

Nikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii Flynn

Nikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii Flynn

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A new business is preparing to launch its sleepover tent service after lockdown put the brakes on.

Nikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii FlynnNikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii Flynn

Nikkii Flynn, of Norfolk Glamp-Overs, never expected to have to halt her business before her first booking could take place.

The mum-of-two took the plunge to start the business purchasing three bell tents, 15 camp beds and dozens of decorations and trimmings to offer four types of environments.

Mrs Flynn said: “We started the business three weeks before lockdown, we are a really new business. Then lockdown happened.

“It will help families have that little bit of special place during lockdown. It is not something you think to do, to stick a tent up in the garden and have a camp out and make it really special.

Nikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii FlynnNikkii Flynn of Norfolk Glamp-Overs began a business offering sleepovers in bell tents, but has had to adapt what she hires out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Picture: Nikkii Flynn

The Dereham resident was inspired by her daughter who wanted to have a sleep-over for six friends for her 12th birthday.

Due to lockdown the family celebrated her birthday last week by using the tents.

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Since announcing that she is beginning to hire again, she has become booked throughout June.

Nikkii Flynn's daughter inspired her mum to launch the business. Picture: Nikkii FlynnNikkii Flynn's daughter inspired her mum to launch the business. Picture: Nikkii Flynn

Mrs Flynn said: “It is a shame I couldn’t launch then but you have to find a way to continue. You do worry but I am so lucky I have no staff, I am not hiring a premises. In a business sense I am terribly lucky.”

To ensure she can operate safely, Mrs Flynn will disinfect all equipment before it arrives at the address and once when she has set up.

The business is not hiring any bedding or furnishings to use in the tent at this time, but will supply the tent, camp beds and waterproof mattresses.

Each tent sleeps six.

Mrs Flynn said she still wanted to offer decoration but is limiting it to items that can be washed, sprayed with disinfectant or disposed off.

Customers have been asked if hiring for it to be used solely by member of their household and that she is given contact free access to the garden to allow them to set up.

She also said she could not hire to any households where a member had shown any symptoms of coronavirus in the last 14 days.


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