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Increase your profits with the perfect marketing plan

Increase your profits with the perfect marketing plan

How you'll profit from a practical marketing plan. Guest blog from CIM Fellow Dee Blick, the UK's No 1 bestselling small business marketing author. If you're keen to grow your business you have to do more than just deliver an expert and attentive service to your customers. Of course this will notch...

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Four marketing must haves for your trades business

Four marketing must haves for your trades business

Hopefully like lots of Vanarama customers your problem is not where your next job is coming from, but how you're going to fit the next job in? But what happens when the work slows down, and what can you do to make sure you have a steady flow of enquiries coming in? Ensuring you have a high enquiry...

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Eight top tips for choosing the right van

Eight top tips for choosing the right van

Eight top tips for choosing the right van We know a van is not just for getting from A to B, it's your office, your tool shed and mobile advertising hoarding. So, choosing your new van is not a decision to be taken lightly. It pays to arm yourself with a little knowledge about what you want it to do...

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12 Ace Apps for Tradespeople

12 Ace Apps for Tradespeople

12 Ace Apps for Tradespeople Boost your productivity and keep on top of the game on the go! Rushing from job to job can leave you buried in a pile of paperwork, but this doesn't have to be the case.  Internet immediacy means that almost everything can be done on the go from the convenience...

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Our bite size review of the Budget 2015 for van drivers

Our bite size review of the Budget 2015 for van drivers

£1400 in the pocket of small businesses with a van and the death of the annual tax return.  What's not to like? Now that the dust has settled on last budget before the election, has the Chancellor just dished out hollow pre-election sweeteners from the economic biscuit tin, or is there anything...

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Roll up your sleeves and invest some time in your marketing with our Top 5 tips from expert marketer Dee Blick

Roll up your sleeves and invest some time in your marketing with our Top 5 tips from expert marketer Dee Blick

It's 2015. Time to Bring on the Marketing Basics! By CIM Fellow Dee Blick, the UK's No 1 bestselling small business marketing author If you've been searching for the marketing miracle that will double your sales in the blink of an eye I don't want to disappoint you but I've yet to find it. But what...

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How to: Take your business to the next level with your personal & business branding

How to: Take your business to the next level with your personal & business branding

Personal & business branding Taking your business to the next level In a recent survey conducted by Vanarama, 62% of respondents said that the condition of a tradesperson's vehicle would influence their decision to use them. Proof, if it were needed, that perception is key when deciding...

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Can some healthy changes earn you more money? We think so

Can some healthy changes earn you more money? We think so

Healthy body, healthy business. At Vanarama, we understand that you all lead busy lives, running your business. What if we were to say that being healthier could earn you more money? Taking a sick day costs you money, but thinking about your diet and exercise may be the last thing on your mind...

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How to spot a fake customer review

How to spot a fake customer review

The grass may look greener……but check it's not astroturf You can buy pretty much anything from the comfort of your own sofa now. And when you are shelling out for a big ticket item like a van or something else for your business, naturally you want to find out about who you are buying from. Of course,...

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The way to more business leads? It's written on the van

The way to more business leads? It's written on the van

Nearly half of van drivers are missing out on the opportunity to improve local brand awareness and give their business a more professional look. In fact a *recent survey of our customers has highlighted that of the switched-on firms which have already had their vehicle professionally sign-written, almost...

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Vanarama Case Study - Michael Moran

Vanarama Case Study - Michael Moran

Everyone wants something different from their vehicle and with so many leasing firms out there, we like to speak to our customers to see why they chose to come to us for their commercial vehicle. Here's the story of Michael Moran: No one can deny that working in the building trade means plenty of...

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Can’t understand why you’ve been turned down for credit on your van lease?

Can’t understand why you’ve been turned down for credit on your van lease?

You may be visiting this page because you or your business has been refused the credit required to lease a new van. Or, perhaps you are thinking of leasing a van in the future and want to know what steps you can take to improve your credit rating before you apply. An improved credit rating will not...

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