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Vintage VW Ice Cream Van business x 3 units The Split Screen Ice Cream Co.

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Asking Price: £180,000
Annual Turnover: £119,000
Annual Net Profit: Available upon request

1 x 1964 VW Splitscreen 'factory ordered' ice cream van (the last factory ordered one worldwide)

1 x 1977 VW Bay Window Ice Cream Van.

1 x 1962 vintage Ice Cream trailer.

1 x 2015 VW transporter Highline 4motion (66K) miles.

1 x 2011 Brian James Trailer.

Stock, stock freezers and all equipment 'turnkey. '

The Split Screen Ice Cream Company LTD was established in 2009, and after a year restoring our 1964 vintage VW Ice cream van, we started trading in Spring 2011. We're were one of the first vintage van ice cream businesses in the UK serving quality hard scoop ice cream at events and festivals, and we created a storm from the off with our classy branding and stunning set-up. Over the next nine years, we grew until we had four vintage ice cream units trading at an array of festivals, events, corporate and weddings - everything from Glastonbury (currently, we still have a sought-after pitch there) through to posh polo events and everything in between. We have one of the most unique and cool collections of vintage ice cream vehicles worldwide and have an international fanbase (we know because we've met them and through our social media).

We now have two x stunning vintage VW Ice Cream vans, and one x vintage Ice cream trailer units - our business has an extremely well-respected name with organisers and customers, with most of our diary made up of repeat bookings yearly. We have plenty of valuable contacts in the event industry. Currently, we have 13 events booked for this 2021 season; some paid for, some not - if these are of interest to the buyer – we can negotiate a price with you to take over the pre-paid ones. We also have a coveted pitch at Glastonbury next year - not paid but contracted, which we might be able to pass over.

We have also done many corporate events, something the new owners could pursue more of - fantastic profits - the same with weddings. In fact, we were so popular with a wedding that we had a VW unit just for them, but that is sold now.

The business is 'turn-key - it comes with everything needed to start a successful mobile ice cream business from gelato cones, two x stock freezers, scoops, tills, jugs, two x stock chest freezers, Igloo cool boxes - literally everything needed to start this business plus guidance and training from us. This is a marvellous opportunity for something looking to change direction and take the business we built from the ground up even further forward.

We traded every year from May until the first week of September - roughly four months a year - the season could be extended to do Christmas markets etc., selling hot desserts and ice cream, hot chocolates etc.

Our last financial statements for the year ending August 2019 showed a turnover of £119,717 with a gross profit of £52,779. With the addition of soft ice cream machines and working winter markets, turnover and profit could increase significantly. We never had to because I returned to my old career in the winter months, so I could keep my finger in that industry too.

We are selling our stunning valuable assets with our brand name, contacts and goodwill.

Our precious vehicles included in the sale:

'Mimi' - this is the star of the show - an LHD 1964 VW HIGH ROOF SO2 MOBILE SALES FLAP, she's a 'factory ordered' Ice cream van (the split screen van in the photos) - this is an extremely rare vehicle, one of approx. 10 left worldwide with its factory opening hatch from VW - this almost makes her a collector's item. Mimi was ordered for an ice cream company in Germany in 1964, and research indicates that's she's probably the last factory ordered ice cream van from VW left worldwide. She was fully restored in 2010 with her engine rebuilt. It is hard to price this vehicle because of its rarity, pulling power with the crowds, and it's provenance. But she's been magazine featured and written about in a book about Volkswagen's special order models. For people that know their VW's, this is one rare, rare van - they almost never come up for sale, I've seen one in the last 10 years apart from ours, and that wasn't an ice cream van from the factory. We have the original sales receipt too. Fully MOT'ed and serviced every year since being in the UK. VOTED 'BEST LOOKING MOBILER' at the British Street Food Awards in 2012. She's not perfect because she's a working vehicle but had a full restoration 10 years ago with fantastic paintwork and a bespoke hugely expensive interior including a 'holdover fridge that can hold 28 x five-litre Napoli ice cream tubs and can be charged up over-night and it will hold it's temp all day. It will go down to -30. The compressor has been serviced every year, and it all works perfectly. There are stainless steel sinks, a fridge, stainless steel counter, and it's super clean inside. If on hook-up power, it will just hold the temp you want. Always garaged when not in use in secure premises. At events, we carry another stock freezer with more stock. Mimi has got a low milage because she's trailered to almost everything we do but does drive very well for such an old vehicle.

'Minty' - our immaculate LHD 1977 VW T2 Bay window High roof Ice cream van. Minty was an ice cream van in France until being brought here to the UK by her previous owners when she was fully restored, a large sliding serving window was added, and the roof was re-enforced. It was then fully kitted out with a fancy interior and a bigger engine to help power her along the road and also painted in wonderful minty stripes. A real beauty of a van that people fall in love with. She now has a new compressor as well, and the freezer will hold 24 x five-litre Napoli ice cream containers. There are a utensils sink and a portable hot hand wash sink with a fridge too. Fully serviced and MOT'ed. She doesn't have the history of Mimi but any the less she's a winner with any crowd. Always garaged when not in use in secure premises. Minty is generally trailered everywhere but drives like a dream (well, for an old VW). Minty in the photos with this ad is a sign written with classic scoops - she's now fully brand to The Split Screen Ice Cream CO.

1962 Vintage Ice cream trailer - this quirky ice cream trailer was purpose-built around 1962 (it's one of two left in the UK - the other one doesn't sell ice cream anymore and is used as a trendy addition to an office). It has a huge freezer inside, which 65 x five-litre Napoli's making this unit a fantastic moneymaker. It also fitted with a new compressor and tows brilliantly. There are twin sinks used for wastewater, and a portable hot water hand wash, along with a portable hot water boiler too. The inside is kept simple and white, but the roof has incredible decoupage using old ice-cream advertising pictures - looks stunning.

It so hard to describe how popular these three units are at events - they draw people to you to buy ice cream over any other ice cream vehicle at an event if you don't have the sole concession - they are simply stunning.

Also included in the sale:

2015 Volkswagen Transporter Highline 4motion (66K miles) - this is the stock van that carries extra stock and cones etc., to festivals - it also doubles up as somewhere to sleep at events. This is also used to tow the vehicles to events and festivals, which saves milage on valuable assets. Being the 4motion (4x4) - it tows everything like a dream and never gets stuck on wet grass or mud!

2011 Brian James Vehicle Trailer - this can carry both VW vehicles (not at the same time). This is 10 years old but is in great shape, and we've recently redone the buffalo board on it too, and it will have four new tyres.

The vehicle assets (inc, the VW transporter and trailer) alone are worth in the region of £125,000, and of course, the vintage element of the business will not go down in value - simply go up. The 1964 VW spit screen is a particular investment if looked after and maintained - as stated above, this is an extremely rare and sought after vehicle with VW collectors and fans worldwide, and it's provenance as factory ordered ice cream from VW makes it even more special. There is also all the cones, tubs, ice creams, spoons, scoops, freezers, stock tent, gazebo etc. etc. - a full inventory can be provided.

When doing multiple events over one weekend with good weather - the vehicles can earn anything between £10K a weekend to £30,000 over a 4-day period during the peak summer months, if on a permanent pitch by the seafront or wherever it would be substantially more. We only worked the weekends over the last 10 years (apart from getting ready on a Thursday or Friday).

The Split Screen Ice Company has a strong brand image that is well known at festivals and events and comes with everything needed to push this well-established business even further forward - there is so much scope to up the profits.

The reason we are selling - we lovingly built this business over 10 years and have two small children, and as a husband and wife team, it was getting harder with our littlest child, so we've decided to take a step back, and I'm going back to the 9-5.

We can discuss splitting the business assets so that if you want to buy the two vans with the name etc. but not the trailer, we can reduce the price; the same applies to the 2016 van and vehicle trailer, which can be sold separately if need be.

Our C. V. pre-Covid in summer 2020 was to include Glastonbury, the Beaufort Polo,2000 Trees festival, Nozstock, The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bristol Volksfest, Volksworld, Dubs at the Park, Barn on a Farm, Vintage Nostalgia, Twinwood Vintage, Towersey Folk Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, Black Deer, Arc Tan Gent, Taunton Flower Show, We Out There amongst many others. We also had wedding bookings and a corporate ice cream round during the week - our projected turnover pre-VAT would have been in the £150K for the summer - obviously, that was halted by Covid 19, but it gives you an idea of what's achievable should you want it.

Thanks for taking the time to read; please don’t hesitate to get in contact if you are a serious buyer.

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