BUSINESS AND FARM DIVERSIFICATION

COAST TO COAST LAG

£5,735.60 FUNDED

Wild Tipi Start up (previously Tipi and Bells)

Wild Tipi Ltd (previously Tipis and Bells Ltd)

To purchase a tipi and specialist trailer to transport it to enable the start up business to hire it for events and to run pop up restaurants within Cornwall.

A business founded in a love of nature.

A hearty and delectable feast with live music, sitting at long wooden tables in a giant tent in the middle of a wood, surrounded by garlands, fairy lights and a cosy log fire: this is the WildTipi Feast Night experience.

Tipis are towering tents, with a conical tower supported by timbers, which can be pitched in many different configurations and even linked together to suit any size event. Tim Moore and his wife Sam started WildTipi in January 2017, keen to build a business where they and their four children could be immersed in nature. “We are continuously amazed by how nature helps you switch off from the mundane and remember what is important in life,” Tim says.

 

Local sourcing and growing employment
They first purchased one tipi, of Scandinavian design; however, to be able to transport it to events and create a bigger space, they needed to purchase an additional tipi and a trailer for transport.

This is where the Coast to Coast Local Action Group came in, helping Tim and Sam to secure a LEADER grant to help with this critical purchase.

Wild Tipi now has six tipis that can be linked together to create one of the largest outdoor venues in Cornwall, ideal for weddings as an alternative experience to a marquee.

Sam and Tim also run pop-up feast nights in secret locations around Cornwall; each event features a special menu of seasonal, locally produced ingredients prepared by a guest chef, and no two are ever the same.

The LEADER grant was a crucial step in the development of the business; without the trailer the 8.5m tipis could not be transported. “Without the LEADER funding there wouldn’t be a business,” says Tim.

Wild Tipi works with Cornish caterers and musicians and the generators are hired locally. All the products are locally sourced. Labour for the feast nights is employed from the local area and the core team is continually growing, with 13 employees currently. Tim said: “With a dedicated team we are able to hire bespoke spaces for weddings, parties, proms, festivals, corporate events, outdoor theatre – opportunities are only limited by your imagination.”

Tim and Sam are passionate about protecting the environment and it is important to them that they source as many products as they can from Cornwall, reducing delivery miles. The tipi poles come from a sustainable forest management plan approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), where new trees are replanted after being felled.

LEADER funding helped Tim and Sam at Wild Tipi to fulfil their dream of building a business that can create unique events in enchanting natural environments, giving people a magical experience they will never forget.

For more information visit wildtipi.co.uk

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