A COMPANY in Huddersfield is driving ahead after notching up its first export success.

Shepley-based camper van conversion specialist Wellhouse Leisure has completed the sale of its award-winning Hyundai camper van to Sweden.

Managing director David Elliott said: “We have been working with a number of Hyundai dealers and head offices around the world.

“This is great news for all of us and shows that you can export in the UK motorhome industry.”

Wellhouse – with help from government export support body UK Trade & Investments – worked with a Swedish dealer for several months as the conversion had to be reversed for the left-hand drive market.

Said Mr Elliott: “The Hyundai conversion we build has been well-received all over the world.

“We have had enquiries from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

“To get the first export under our belt is fantastic.”

The first camper van was delivered to Andres Nielson, chairman of the Hyundai dealers’ association of Sweden. The vehicle will be used as a hire vehicle.

But Mr Elliott said: “If all goes well, Sweden are talking of ordering between 50 and 100 campers a year.

“With worldwide interest, we expect turnover and the number of campers we build to almost double in 2012.

“We have already started to give our website a worldwide feel by having the homepage in 10 different languages. But the vans all sport the new Wellhouse logo and ‘Made in Huddersfield’ badge.”

The export win follows a year of success for Wellhouse Leisure.

The firm was a double winner in the 2010 Examiner Business Awards. The company was winner of the Kirklees Council Make it Huddersfield Award while Mr Elliott was named Fantastic Media Young Business Person of the Year.

The firm’s Hyundai i800 campervan also won the Motor Caravan Award at the 2012 Caravan Industry Awards while the conversion gained full approval from the UK trade organisation, the National Caravan Council.

And Wellhouse Leisure also achieved ISO 9001 accreditation for its manufacturing processes.

A keen camper van fan, Mr Elliott set up Deepcar Motorhomes with his father in 1995 before launching Wellhouse Leisure in 2002.