FAMILY FIRM: Grandsons take over Lancashire caravan business

Family: Mike Barnes and Daniel Campbell  of Campbells Caravans
Family: Mike Barnes and Daniel Campbell of Campbells Caravans
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The grandsons of the founder of a Lancashire caravan business have been appointed as directors.

Campbells Caravans has welcomed Daniel Campbell, aged 35, and Mike Barnes, aged 36, to the helm.

Its an honour to pick up the reins of a business that our family has grown and nurtured over nearly five decades

Daniel Campbell

Both are grandsons of the company’s founder, the late Barney Campbell, who established the business in 1969 on the site it still occupies today at Lostock Hall, near Preston.

Daniel and Mike have grown up working in the family business, as well as spending time away to pursue alternative professions.

Daniel spent time in TV and radio production before becoming store manager of a national music retail business, and Mike worked on the sales team for global automotive brands Jaguar and Mercedes.

Daniel said: “Its an honour to pick up the reins of a business that our family has grown and nurtured over nearly five decades. To have survived in what could be considered incredibly turbulent financial times is a testament to the business acumen demonstrated by our grandfather.”

Barney Campbell was well known in the Preston area, and was also a director of Preston North End from 1981 to 1994. Campbells Caravans are sponsors of the Alan Kelly stand.

Says Mike: “We’ve been handed a great responsibility and it’s very much down to us and our team now, but we have learned from the best and have solid foundations from which to thrive so are extremely fortunate.”