Once upon a time...

Hi, my name is Dan, and I’m the proud founder of Your Man With A Van Ltd. Together with my fantastic team, we welcome you to the HQ site for our "nearly" nationwide franchise network. We hope you find the following read, as enjoyable as it’s been for us developing the business. 

On this page, we will summarise the journey so far. For more day to day news, check out our Facebook or Instagram links in the footer.
Owner Dan, replacing brake pads on his van.
dans festival speaker system
So it all started back in 2012. I was at University studying for a Music degree. And I was very interested in events, concerts and festivals, particularly sound and lighting. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a good party! I made it my mission to acquire as much equipment as I could afford, including the Van, to lug it about.

What started as a small disco setup soon evolved into a much-loved stage. Although making a living wasn’t my main focus at the time, it provided plenty of insight into the business world and, importantly, the skills to pack a van extremely well.
My parents also ran businesses, my Mother, a Jeweller, and my Father a Garden Machinery supplier. 

Sometime toward the end of 2012. Dad asked if I would deliver a Lawnmower to one of his customers in my then gigging van. 

So, of course, I obliged. It was then that he said, you know could make a business out of this. I wondered. I had most of the skills; I love working with people and a bit of a perfectionist.
dan loading a ride on mower into the van
Your Man With A Van Office Clearance Dan
I put my thinking cap on and researched the industry, considered potential names, sketched logos and pondered all the things I’d need to start a small business.

In the beginning, I certainly wasn’t aware just how important things like good quality straps or double-layer blankets would be, nor did I know I needed a taller Van for all those American fridges!

Still, I was confident, excited and willing to give it my all. So on the 10th October 2012, 

"Your Man With A Van" was born.
Over the next 7 years, I had so much fun and plenty of adventures. Of course, there were a few tricky manoeuvres, the occasional drives to Spain, but my favourite part was meeting so many lovely people.

By late 2019, Your Man With A Van had served over a thousand customers and travelled more than 150k miles. 

But what next???
mark and dan by their vans
Early 2020, business growing very nicely having met my life partner and now Co-Director Catriona, the idea came up to evolve into a nationwide network. 

Your Man With A Van was already well established in Hertford, why couldn't there be one for every town.

Plus the name is an ideal title for a national brand. Lots of "Friendly Local Movers"

Fast forward to 2023 after lots of trial and error and we've brought on 6 new branches across Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset and London. 
Now in Q2 of 2024 and the network of proud franchisees has expanded across the UK. With 19 branches at the time of updating this page. 

If you're reading this and either know someone looking for a career change or after a business for yourself then do get in touch, we'd love to hear from you...
the whole team
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