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Couple's new venture is a mobile bar, with a difference




Haverhill Emilie Wilkins & Filipe Ferreira have started their own business, a mobile bar that is a converted vintage horse box. . Picture Mark Westley. (3628473)
Haverhill Emilie Wilkins & Filipe Ferreira have started their own business, a mobile bar that is a converted vintage horse box. . Picture Mark Westley. (3628473)

It's fair to say that Haverhill couple Filipe Ferreira and Emilie Wilkins are not afraid of hard work, as evidenced by their distinctive step into the world of business.

With Filipe, 23 and Emilie, 22, of Chapelwent Road, both having worked in the hospitality industry for a few years, they decided to buy a vintage horsebox in March and have it converted into what it is today, Our Mobile Bar.

The chance to do it came up when Emilie's dad sold a house and gave them the choice of using £10,000 from the sale for a deposit on a house or to start a business, they chose the latter.

The couple have two small children, aged two months and almost three-years, and Emilie is currently on maternity leave from her job as a teaching assistant at Churchill Special Free School in Haverhill.

Filipe, who came to England ten years ago from Portugal, has two other jobs on top of working in the mobile bar at various events on weekends, most recently on Sunday at Pugfest at Haggis Farm Polo Club in Cambridge.

Filipe, who works part-time at Bar Vu in Haverhill and is a dab hand at creating his own cocktails, said: "You have to speculate to accumulate. You have got to take the risk.

"We have only just started, but we will see how it goes and take it from there."

Emilie, who said 'for every yes we get we have probably had ten nos' when it comes to requests they have made to pitch up at an event, added: "We would maybe like this to develop into a full-time job.

"Everyone who sees it, we have only got good feedback from it. Everyone takes flyers.

"Our first event was a wedding show and we thought it would be lots of people drinking Prosecco. We didn't sell a single thing that day and the next thing we did was a school fete and it was manic."

The next big event Our Mobile Bar can be found at is the Norfolk Hospice Car Show and Family Fun Day at Sandringham Visitor Centre.



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