How a Company Van Helped a Small Business Deliver Results

How a Company Van Helped a Small Business Deliver Results
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Posted: Mon 9th Sep 2013

Sarah Kocher started a leather goods company from her kitchen table in 2007 after a 12-year career in retail management. We talked to Sarah about how buying a company van helped save her money and grow her business.

Win a makeover for your company van!

This post is part of the Me and My Van series, which takes a look at how small businesses are using company vehicles to 'drive' their business forward. As part of the series, we're offering you the chance to win a makeover for your company van, courtesy of AXA Business Insurance and Easisigns. The winner will also get a video interview, which we'll show on our blog and YouTube channel.

Sarah KocherInterview with Sarah Kocher, Life of Riley

Q. Tell us a little bit about your business.

Sarah: Life of Riley is a leather collection made from high-quality buffalo leather. Each piece is stained to give it an antiqued look and is hand finished. The collection ranges from gifts to desk accessories to storage trunks. A love of leather work runs in the family - my great-grandfather handcrafted leather cases and trunks too!

Q. Now tell us a little bit about your van! What make and model is it? And have you given it a name?

Sarah: I haven't given my van a name! But it's a white VW Transporter"¦ I was born in Essex, live in rural Essex, and I'm a white van driver - say no more!

Q. How do you use your van in your business?

Sarah: I use the van to take stock to trade and retail fairs, to make deliveries to customers, and to another local business that processes all of the orders I dispatch on a daily basis.

Q. How did your business change when you bought your van?

Sarah: Well, it actually reduced my overheads. Before I bought one, I was hiring a van for shows and fairs and it was logistically quite complicated to load and unload the van within a tight window - and it was expensive too.

Q. So, what kind of feedback did you get from your branded van?

Sarah: It's not branded, actually - it just a plain white van. But I might enter your competition to win a makeover!


Find out more about Life of Riley on its website. And if you use a van in your business, enter our competition to win a van makeover, courtesy of AXA Business Insurance and Easisigns - plus, a video interview to be shown on our website (and you can show it on yours too!). The Me & My Van series is supported by AXA Business Insurance. Make sure you follow @AXABizTeam on Twitter and use the #MeAndMyVan hashtag when tweeting about your company van!

Spacer Spacer Me and My Van terms and conditions

  • This competition is open to any small business owner in the UK who owns a van. Van size up to and including a Medium Wheel Base Ford Transit Van or Similar. The van will have to be made available at the Easisigns workshop in Wimbledon SW19 for the installation.

  • The competition will run from July 1st to October 31st 2013.

  • One winner will be chosen to win vehicle graphics for their van courtesy of Easisigns.

  • The winner agrees to have their business and van promoted through a profile on the Enterprise Nation site and via video footage.

  • All entrants agree to have their details shared with Me and My Van supporters, AXA Van Insurance and Easisigns.

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