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We are looking for Vanarama’s Van Hero 2017. Small businesses just like yours contribute massively to the UK economy and spirit. That’s why we want to celebrate your entrepreneurialism and hard work by recognising it with our UK-wide awards.


Open to van and pickup truck driving businesses, no matter what their trade or industry, our awards give you the chance to shout about your business and what makes it stand out from the crowd. Whether that’s demonstrating amazing customer service, making a significant contribution to the local economy or selfless dedication to charity and community volunteering. So, whether you are a dog walker in Dagenham, or an electrician in Edinburgh we want to hear from you. If you drive a van or pickup, work hard and care about your business and your customers, you definitely have a chance of winning!

"Since winning the award last year we've taken on five people on full-time contracts, one of them is very happily driving our free van around!"

Last year, Harriet Lee Building in Wales was our deserving winner. Rachel and Lee drove off with a brand new Ford Transit Custom and a valuable boost to their business! Their dedication to customer care and ‘can-do’ attitude, along with their contribution to their local community, helped them to scoop the prize.

HOW DO THE AWARDS WORK?

The overall winner will be selected from the regional finalists at our celebration day at the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. There will also be spot prizes for customer service, community/charity work and mentoring apprentices.

Finalists from each region will be entered into the competition to become the overall UK award winner and invited to a day of celebration in October.

We will have 5 regional awards regions around the UK. Business owner van drivers can nominate themselves.

WHAT DOES THE WINNER GET?

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FIND OUT HOW WINNING HAS HELPED HARRIET LEE BUILDING...

7 Tips for a successful awards entry

Entering the Vanarama Van Hero Awards is very straightforward but, to ensure you are in with the best possible chance of winning, we've compiled a list of top tips to set you on your way. 

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1. Tell us a story - We want to hear what makes you and your business unique. Telling your story of how you've helped a customer or your community will get this across effectively.


2. Backup evidence is crucial - Use the upload feature on the award entry form to backup what you're saying with evidence. Choose the most evocative stats, videos or pictures to support your case. Maybe a picture of the great work you've done or a testimonial letter you've got from a customer.


3. Be original - Ask any business owner and they'll tell you they run a great business. Superlatives like 'because we're the best' are unlikely to get much sway with the judges. But telling a story unique to your business will certainly get their attention!


4. Keep it simple, yet specific - Don't waffle, but equally don't be too concise with your answers. Give as much detail as you feel is necessary to get your point across and no more.

5. Plan before you write and hit send - Write out a draft in Word and get someone else to check it for typo's and grammatical errors. We're not looking for Shakespeare but equally your entry is reflective on you and your business so take time to re-read and make sure it makes sense.


6. Phone a friend! - Get someone you trust to read your entry and provide feedback. If it makes sense to them it should make sense to the judges.


7. Write in plain English - We're not looking for War and Peace, so answer the question as fully as you can but keep things simple. Focus on what will make the judges sit up and take notice.


Good luck with your entry. Entering awards should be fun and you never know, we could be crowning YOU the winner!


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