I have at last come across an entrepreneur who knows how to turn the internet to his commercial advantage. His name is Gary Jennings and he is a man and a van. No, Gary isn't some weird human-automotive hybrid, but one of a plethora of highly efficient, one-person businesses who set out to undercut removal companies. You know the kind of deal from a million cards in news agents windows: "any load,anytime,any distance,cheapest rates." As a serial house and office mover, I have been a great fan of the local man-and-van since my last experience with an expensive removal firm, which culminated in our beloved, outsize £3,500 mattress (admittedly about as easy to manoeuvre as a dead sumo wrestler) being dragged on its unprotected edge, along a filthy London pavement, by a squad of fag-smoking, ear ringed ne'er-do-wells all called Lee. By contrast, man-and-vans tend to be speedy, efficient, polite, honest, uncomplaining, respectful of your property, and charge about a fifth of the rates extorted by the big movers. No man-and-van exemplifies the genre better than Gary, who is based in South London. I first used him a year ago to move my office, and was sufficiently impressed by his brand new Luton van and speed and competence to hire him again when we moved house. He instantly remembered me and the 2 hour job he done 18 months earlier, quoted a ludicrously decent price over the phone, and even when he arrived and realised there were four van loads involved, refrained from doing that sharp intake of breath, tooth-sucky thing they all do, rolled up his sleeves and got on with it. Gary was so skilled and conscientious that it was all charmingly reminiscent of some bygone age. It was only when I saw his van that I was sharply reminded that we are actually living in the future that we used to talk about. Last year the Luton van was white and unmarked; now it had painted in huge letters on its side: www.vanandman.com. Had anyone booked him through the website, I wondered? "Quite a few, one chap emailed from Geneva, but he only wanted to move four boxes, so I told him it wouldn't be economical to have me come all the way from London. I suppose that's globalisation for you. "Thing is," Gary went on, pausing for breath, and, OK, a brief tooth-sucky thing as he saw the sheer scale of our mattress, "its not really a web business. At first I wasn't really expecting anyone to book on the internet. I just reckoned that having a .com on the side of the van made it look more respectable and reliable. I found the domain hadn't been taken so I got in there quick. And I deliberately went for a .com rather than .co.uk because, it looks a bit more the business. "Of course, what's happening now is people see the van all over the country, are sort of intrigued, take a look at the website when they get home and bookmark it. Its the best, cheapest form of advertising you could ever have." It immediately struck me how spot-on Gary had got the whole thing, right down to the semiotics of .com opposed to .co.uk. For a business, the .co.uk suffix speaks subliminally of provinciality and small-mindedness. When you get around to looking at Gary's website, there is not a lot to it. A nicely done few pages with pictures of the van, phone numbers, and that's it. But Gary the man has succeeded where nine out of ten of the young boobies of e-commerce just don't get it. By all means exploit the chic and the modernity of the internet age by using its outward signs. But when it comes to making a living do rely on the old media, even a painted blurb on the side of a van."
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"Gary was a tremendous help, in moving our furniture and TV Presenter Lucy Alexander has used our Man and Van service numerous timesbelongings. His attitude and efficiency was first class, and I would have no doubts in using his company again ..."

Lucy Alexander "TV Presenter"

"I just wanted to thank you so much for the helping me move, the day went so smoothly and I will definitely use your excellent Van and Man service again. Without Eastenders Actress Lucy Speeddoubt I will be recommending you to all my friends, family and colleagues."

Actress Lucy Speed - Natalie Evans Eastenders and DC Steve Moss The Bill

"I have used Gary Jennings Van and Man service a number of times over the last year, for a variety of different moves in and around the Luton Vans are perfect for one bedroom propertiesLondon area. Without exception, the service has always been highly professional, prompt and friendly. I would not have any hesitation in recommending Gary's Van and Man Company to anybody who is looking for a reliable and good value move."

Shadow Minister for Energy Tom Greatrex MP

"I would very much like to recommend Gary Jennings Van and Man service to everybody as they are a really excellent small removal company. We used them twice during 2013 and both times I was so happy with their Ex Scotland Footbal Manager George Burley used our Taxi Van Serviceservice. Punctual, reliable, pleasant and happy to do anything I asked, I really cannot recommend them enough."

George Burley Former Scotland National Manager and Ipswich Town FC Legend

"Moving house is always a stressful time but Gary and his team make it really easy. You get a skilled, swift and courteous service from a genuinely nice bunch of blokes. Next time I move, www.vanandman.com will be my number one choice."

Andrew Bailey - Head of News and Breakfast Show News presenter on Absolute Radio (Virgin Radio)

"Gary was so skilled and conscientious, that was so charmingly reminiscent of a some bygone age."

Jonathan Margolis "The Sunday Times

"Gary did a fantastic job at The Stroke Association's flagship event, Thames Bridges Bike Ride. Gary sailed through a confusing schedule and took the logistical nightmare out of this event. Gary and his team went above and beyond their role to help make the day run smoothly. www.vanandman.com are extremely professional, they take a 'nothings too much trouble' approach and all at a very reasonable rate. We have already booked www.vanandman.com in for next year's event; I highly recommend them."

Nikki Hughes,"National Events Officer - The Stroke Association"

"As an underwater film maker who travels the world, I'm used to lugging around heavy dive bags and camera gear. But when it came to moving from a modest sized flat to a largish house, we knew we needed help. But like anyone who's lived in London, I'm only too aware of the horrors of employing so-called "cowboy" operators, whether to fix a leak, paint a wall, or shift some furniture. So when we heard about Vanandman.com , we were sufficiently impressed by previous aficionados to give Gary Jennings business a try. We bowed to his experienced judgment that a second "Van and Man " would be needed and the price still sounded extremely modest. And everyone know the old cliché that moving house is "one of the most stressful things in your life". So in for a penny. Anyway, come the day, come the big move, the punctual arrival of a spic and span white van seemed to bode well for the Big Move. What we hadn't bargained on was the sheer, relentless work rate of these guys who moved whatever we asked, where ever we wanted it, without so much as a "blimey, mate, what about break for a cuppa!" or "No way am I moving that bloody sofa through that window!" Nothing was too much trouble, not even the removal of the front window at the new house to facilitate the delivery of the awkward-shaped sofa. Throughout the day Gary and Co and their vans, packed meticulously to avoid breakage, ensured our move was as pain free as possible. And always with a smile. I am happy to recommend Gary If only all businesses were like this."

John McIntyre BBC News Reporter and Underwater Film Maker

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We are The Original Online Van and Man and one of a very few British van and man companies still operating in London. Check out our Gallery page for real photo's of our menExhibitions - Many large and small companies have used our Van and Man service to deliver to all the Exhibition Halls in London and the UK such as Earls Court, Olympia, The Excel Centre, The NEC Birmingham and The Royal Exchange in Manchester to mention just a few. We have all types of trolleys for the long walks transferring your wares safely and securely from the van to the stand.

Conferences and Events - The Stroke Association and The ATL (Association of Teachers and Lecturers) have been using our services for well over 10 years for their annual conferences and charity events from Glasgow to Torquay.

Window Removal - As far as we know, we are the only Van and Man or Removals company who actually have an Experienced Qualified Glazier on board, who can remove double glazed units and wooden sashes to enable awkward furniture in and out of properties.

Taking Unwanted Items to the Dump - We do undertake dump runs. All dumps charge commercial vehicles on weight (see price list). They weigh our vans when we enter, we unload and they weigh us again as we leave. It is quite expensive, most dumps differ in prices but it could be as much as £160 per ton, and no less than £50 minimum with our charge on top of this. Beware of Van and Mans who don't charge dump fees, your belongings are likely to be flytipped, if the items are traced back to you, you could end up with a very large fine and a criminal record. Take a look at the cost of Dump Charges. It's your responsibility to make sure your items are disposed of correctly

Van and Man Online Quotations - If you'd like a quotation sent by e-mail, fill in our easy Online Quotation Form, be as exact and informative as possible by You can book one man and a van where you have to assist or go for two men who will complete your move without your assistance listing all furniture and an approximate amount of boxes and bags, it will enable us to give a more precise price and what size van is needed to complete your move.

Take Care - This worrying blog posted in 2007 on www.wevet.com will open your eyes to the world of Van and Man services, so please take care. Make sure you see pictures of the van and man at work, their vans should always have signs, see our Gallery. Don't make the same mistake these people made, there are some unscrupulous characters out there, it can be dangerous allowing strangers into your home, don't be swayed by cheaper prices, use an established Van and Man service, take a look at our Advice Page.

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