Camp cube is a big hit at festival

SITTING PRETTY Andy Ward with the U-Cube
SITTING PRETTY Andy Ward with the U-Cube

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RAVE reviews have been given to a new product designed and built in a house in Portchester.

Andy Ward launched his U-Cube at the Wickham Festival this summer, hoping to get feedback from the people at whom he will be marketing it.

It is a luxury cabin that gives festival-goers the chance to avoid the mud and have a secure and warm place to sleep – not too hot when it’s sunny, and not too cold when the weather is not so kind.

It is also being marketed as accommodation for festival workers and performers who need a good night’s sleep.

Andy said: ‘There was a lot of interest from the general public, as well as the festival organisers.

‘We’re actually looking to sort something out for the Wickham Festival next year, talking about having them there for the general public to hire, and we’re talking about using some for the crew.

‘It was very successful, and there were a lot of people very intrigued by what they were – and people who had seen similar things before said they preferred the U-Cube.’

Andy has started his business at his home in Portchester, and is trying to get it off the ground in between working as a lorry driver in order to pay the bills.

His idea has already won him a £5,000 prize from Barclays in the bank’s Take One More Step competition, which aims to give financial support to innovative new businesses.

The U-Cube is aimed at those who prefer to go ‘glamping’, rather than camping – the so-called glamorous campers.

It has access for disabled people, and is also secured by a key code so the campers’ belongings are safer than they would be under canvas.

Andy is hoping to set the business up properly in time for the festival season to begin next year.

He said: ‘We’re still in talks with the Isle of Wight Festival, and we’re making contact with Bestival as well.

‘We are quite positive, and the Wickham Festival was a good few days.’