Everything You Need to Know About Our Underfloor Racking System & Deck Kit

7 things you need to know about Bott Smartvan flooring kits

Van racking is a huge help when it comes to organising your van, but what happens when you’ve customised your van’s walls, bulkhead and even roof with the latest in professional racking technology? At Bott Smartvan we know that our customers love their side racks and that these can save busy tradespeople not only time but money, too. However, when you need to carry large parts, piling up your ladders, pipes and bulky items into the clear floor space can really hold you back on fully organising your workspace and accessing your kit easily and safely.

That’s why the Bott Smartvan team designed our popular floor and raised deck kits, specially customised to each van model for the ultimate fit. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the essential facts you need to make the best decision about the right floor kit for your set-up. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Our Underfloor Racking System & Deck Kit

Wimbledon Electrician – James Wilkins Testimonial

To celebrate the release of our new trade van racking packages we thought we’d catch up with one of our favourite Electricians. James Wilkins is the owner of Wimbledon Electrician Ltd and purchased his first set of bott Smartvan racking in 2017. We caught up with him for a chat about what drove his decision to buy a Smartvan solution and how the racking has worked for him over the last year.

“Hi James, thank you for taking the time to speak to us today. We’re hoping that your insights and experience will help other tradespeople who are considering investing in van racking.”

“No problem, glad to help if I can.”

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Customer Testimonial Blog – Ryan Mills (G.D. Mills Plumbing & Heating)

Ryan Mill’s family business (G.D. Mills Plumbing & Heating) was established in 1983, and he is the 4th generation of his family to work in this trade. Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, he works hard to maintain the strong reputation he has built for first class workmanship, service and professionalism.

Ryan purchased our van racking in 2018 and since then has spent many a weekend tinkering around with it as his job and tools evolve.

Q1. Why did you want to have racking in your van?

A1. It’s key to keeping the business organised and my day to day running of it. The van is essentially my office space. It’s vital to keep tidy IMO. I love how easy it is to lay my hand on stock within the van and know exactly what I’m carrying on the vans stock at any one time. Before I found myself making trips to the merchants to buy material which was already in the van. Continue reading Customer Testimonial Blog – Ryan Mills (G.D. Mills Plumbing & Heating)

New Citroen Berlingo van – Award winning practicality

In the latest of our Vansdirect guest blogs, our focus switches to the small van grabbing all of the headlines at the moment, taking a closer look at the multi-award winning all-new Citroen Berlingo van!

Introduction to the new Citroen Berlingo van

The Citroen Berlingo has been a large part of the small van market for in excess of 20 years, making history when it launched in 1996 as the first delivery van with integrated load volume. This made way for the second generation Berlingo in 2008, which was modified by a facelift in 2015 which refreshed its appearance and brought more advanced Euro 6 engines.

Citroen Berlingo

The second-generation Citroen Berlingo has been an incredibly popular member of the small van segment since inception for its affordability, reliability, comfort and cheap running costs, whilst also offering a dual passenger seat, somewhat a rarity in the small van market. Despite being incredibly popular and incredibly reliable, Citroen vans decided it was time to take the Berlingo to the next level… Introducing the all-new Citroen Berlingo van!

A significant upgrade over its predecessor, the new model has already gained masses of plaudits, winning the International Van of the Year 2019 crown and WhatVan? Van of the Year 2019 crown alongside sister vans the Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo. Continue reading New Citroen Berlingo van – Award winning practicality

Bott Smartvan Racking Featured on Boiler Guide

We’re delighted to announce that Bott Smartvan Racking has been featured as the latest ‘Product Spotlight’ by the UK’s leading independent boiler and heating website, Boiler Guide.


Heating engineers and plumbers account for a huge section of our customer base; to see

our product recognised like this is confirmation of the excellent reputation Bott Smartvan Racking has established in the industry.

A spokesperson for Boiler Guide said: “We selected Bott’s Smartvan Racking because of the big benefits it offers to our network of heating engineers, solar panel installers and window fitters. It’s not only an innovative and customisable storage solution, but also has the potential to make their jobs easier and, therefore, their days more efficient and productive. Depending on the current van storage being used, Smartvan Racking could also increase a vehicle’s MPG thanks to its lightweight design and even improve security if a Van Vault or Amorguard Trekdror is included.” Continue reading Bott Smartvan Racking Featured on Boiler Guide

Van Vault – the Perfect Security Partnership

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

Fiat Fiorino – the perfect city van

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!

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Top 3 Reasons to Invest in Professional Racking

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.

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Focus On: Peugeot

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!

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