Recession Fuels Massive Rise in 'Man with a Van' Companies --

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The number of Man with a Van companies almost doubles during 2009 as people scramble to make ends meet during the recession. For the Man, the Van is fast becoming a money spinner.

My advice to anyone using the services of a Man with a Van is to check they are insured against breakage and loss or disappearance of any goods.

Maybe it's because of the growing number of unemployed who see a quick way to bring in some cash, or perhaps it's people with a job trying to boost their incomes in these tough times, but what's certain is that the 'Man with a Van' is multiplying at a phenomenal rate.

According to free classifieds website,, there has been a massive 84% rise in the number of Man with a Van ads on the site, up from 2,492 at the beginning of 2009 to 4,656 at the end of August.

The number of new ads added to the site has risen month on month throughout the year, with August (1,155) seeing the highest number of new ads placed during any single month.

The types of service offered by the fast-multiplying Man with a Van vary dramatically, from 'gay-friendly' Danny in London who focuses on the gay market to 'Mr Tip of Blackpool' who is happy to go, well, to and from the tip (presumably in Blackpool).

Other men with vans cater for small business removals, while some even do superstore pick-ups (if you've bought some garden furniture or have done one hell of a shop). But the majority will move pretty much whatever they're asked to move!

So, what does it all cost? The typical hourly rate for a Man with a Van on is £25, excluding any extras such as the Congestion Charge in London or parking fines.

However, you can find a Man with a Van offering van hire services for as little as £14 per hour. But you don't always have to settle for a man with a van. Women with vans are also available across the site.

A word of warning. For a manandvantastic experience, anyone using a Man with a Van is urged to check that they have insurance in place, and a van fit for the job.

Yannick Pons, CEO of free classifieds website,, comments:

"The sharp growth of the Man with a Van is almost certainly a result of the recession. If you lose your job, or your household income has been hit in other ways, it's a simple way to earn extra cash. After all, vans can be picked up at a good price and in many cases, due to the internet, advertising will be free.

"I suspect that many former employed white van men became self-employed men with a van when the bigger companies they worked for went bust or laid people off. Even in an economic downturn, people, if not businesses, need things to be moved, so the Man with a Van is relatively recession-proofed.

"My advice to anyone using the services of a Man with a Van is to check they are insured against breakage and loss or disappearance of any goods."

Notes to Editors

To find a Man with a Van in your area, or to advertise your Man with a Van company for free, visit

For more information, contact:

Dominic Hiatt
Director, Rhizome PR
T + 44 (0) 20 8670 4920
M + 44 (0) 7595 221604
E dominic (at)

About is a free UK classifieds website. With more than 100,000 ads, it is the largest classifieds website in the UK after Gumtree.


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