It’s no secret that the last few years have seen a worrying increase in the number of tool thefts reported in the UK. Police figures suggest that over just two years incidence of the crime has risen by nearly two thirds, prompting reports of an ‘epidemic’ plaguing the industry and leaving tens of thousands of hard-working tradesmen substantially out of pocket and with their livelihoods hanging in the balance. The spotlight on tool theft even prompted trade-y Twitter-celeb PB Plumber (@pbplumber on Twitter) to set up an official petition, asking the government to investigate what more can be done to tackle crimes like van and tool theft and heighten security. The petition has reached over 38,000 signatures to date and is an important step in bringing the trades community together to fight this common problem.
While this fight will no doubt continue, Bott Smartvan knows very well that safety and security are paramount to our customers. The Smartvan racking system does have some useful benefits when it comes to security, offering a few clever deterrents and drastically simplifying the process of tool removal: Continue reading Van Vault – the Perfect Security Partnership
In the latest of our Vansdirect guest blogs, the focus switches to the small van market and the Fiat Fiorino. We investigate the features that make the Fiat Fiorino the perfect city van.
Introduction to the Fiat Fiorino
Winner of the WhatVan? Small van of the year crown in 2017, the Fiat Fiorino is the smallest van in a thriving Fiat vans range alongside the Doblo Cargo, Talento, Ducato and Fullback pick-up. The Fiorino was developed as one of three ‘triplets’ in the form of the Peugeot Bipper and Citroen Nemo, with the Fiorino outliving these sister vans and continuing to thrive in the smallest van segment of them all, appealing to different tradespeople for a whole host of reasons, we take a closer look at some of these reasons below!
Continue reading Fiat Fiorino – the perfect city van
Here at Bott Smartvan we understand that professional van racking is a heavily considered purchase and – after your trusty workhorse – is probably one of the most substantial lay-outs you’ll make. As the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of in-vehicle equipment and workshop storage solutions, Bott Ltd are committed to creating better, safer, more efficient working environments for a range of industries. Bott has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality products, service excellence, and value for money and with over 30 years of fleet vehicle conversion expertise behind us, the Smartvan team have designed a fully customisable, lightweight steel van racking range for the self-fit market.
In this post we’ll explore why investing in professional van racking from Bott Smartvan is the right move for your business.
Continue reading Top 3 Reasons to Invest in Professional Racking
This month in our Focus On feature, we’re taking a look at the range of commercial vehicles available from popular vehicle manufacturer, Peugeot. A multi award-winning manufacturer, Peugeot pride themselves on their vehicles’ style, reliability and durability, boasting long maintenance intervals as well as competitive running costs. They’re increasingly environment-friendly too, thanks to reduced C02 emissions from the Peugeot’s modern engine.
Bott Smartvan offer a number of solutions for the Peugeot van range and we are adding to it all the time, with a new solution for the large-sized Boxer currently in development. If you’re in need of some racking inspiration for your Peugeot workhorse, read on!
In the latest of our Vansdirect guest blogs, the focus switches to the large van market and the Peugeot Boxer. We investigate the features that make the Peugeot Boxer stand out in an incredibly competitive segment.
Continue reading Peugeot Boxer – Big, Bold, Brilliant
We know that storage space in your van is always at a premium. Maybe you’ve bought – or are thinking about buying – a sweet new racking system to keep all your parts and tools safe, secure and organised, but what about the rest of your kit?
Ladders, piping, beading – these items can often take up a lot of valuable load space in the back of the van and make access to your neatly organised racking awkward. That’s why Bott Smartvan are thrilled to be able to offer van-specific roof rack solutions from market leader Rhino Products!
This week we take a look at the Rhino KammBar range available through the Smartvan Configurator, enabling you to take your smart storage solutions outside of the load area.
Continue reading Rhino Roof Racks – Take Your Storage to the Next Level
In the second of our Focus On features, we’re going to be looking at one of our less publicised van makes, Citroen. A popular manufacturer of road cars and with a pedigree for successful rally vehicles, Citroen also turn their hand to producing comfortable, spacious and cleverly designed vans for the trade.
This month we are going to be looking at the range of Smartvan racking currently available for Citroen van models, and what other Citroen owners have used to kit out their mobile workspace.
Continue reading Focus On: Citroen
The Citroen Berlingo has been a mainstay of the small van segment for some time, renowned for its economy and reliability. However, the Berlingo is more than just a small workhorse.
In our second Vansdirect guest blog we investigate the Citroen Berlingo and reveal its most practical features.
Continue reading Citroen Berlingo – Small but Practical
We’ve been to a few trade shows in our time and it’s always a great opportunity to find out what’s hot in the industry. But with so much going on in such a short space of time, sometimes large shows like these can be a bit overwhelming.
How do you make sure you access the stalls most relevant to you and your business? What’s the trick to avoiding overspending on tools or kit you didn’t really need?
Here are 7 things that can help you to get the most out of attending Toolfair.
Continue reading Top Tips for Attending a Toolfair
The van market these days is packed with a huge variety of practical, well spec’d vehicles from a number of different manufacturers. At Bott Smartvan we try to keep on top of new releases and continue to expand our range of available racking.
This month we are going to be looking at the range that Smartvan currently offer for Vauxhall vans, and what our customers think is the ideal set-up for this popular workhorse.
Continue reading Focus On: Vauxhall