How it all started …
Growing up in a small village in South Oxfordshire with the river Thame flowing through I have fished for as long as I can remember. Carp first caught my attention after un-explained “snap ups” whilst fishing for tench on an old gravel pit near home.
After many sessions on the lakes around Oxfordshire and beyond my first French trip beckoned in 1997. Myself and 2 friends in my escort van heading for the SW of France. Many carp and cats were landed and lost on that trip and I was truly hooked on French fish and the many unexplored lakes!
The key elements to me and EMV I feel are understanding the needs of the client. Just being a ‘fisherman’ isn’t enough when you are selling a weeks holiday to partners, families and groups of friends. My catering college training and working as a chef in ‘high end’ restaurants, then latterly degree study in business and hospitality give me the foundation to make EMV an experience that you will want to come back to.
My business now in the U.K is in the industry of building bespoke camper vans and working with clients to their exacting needs, we have the skills and knowledge again preened from this business to offer the same experience at EMV.
I feel the key to EMV is that we started with something special, and have really transformed the lake, land and fish. With the renovation of the house in Winter 2015 being the cherry on the top.
The other key thing I feel is paramount in business, surrounding yourself with successful people, EMV does not stand alone. We are working in connection with other lake owners in the area and the best team of contractors and lake builders. I am not a fishery expert but these boys are!! with their help we are building a bright future for the glass house lake. we do hope you want to share this with us?
Billy Rogers and Andrea Surman (the long suffering better half)