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Van Guard cleans up at the Express & Echo Awards!

By April 14, 2016January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Van Guard, the family owned manufacturer of commercial vehicle accessories, is riding high on its recent success in the Exeter Express & Echo’s Business Awards 2016. Not only did they win the award for Innovation, they were also runner up for Small Business of the Year, and scooped Overall Winner for Business of the Year.  The judges recognised the success the Exeter based company has seen over the last 12 months.  Thanks to the development of their innovative new product, ULTI Rack which uses a patented Click & Lock mechanism making fitting quicker and easier, their daily sales rate has more than doubled. Indeed sales of the company’s roof racks and bars are exceeding pre-recession levels by 65%, leading to the creation of several new jobs. Sales of Van Guard’s roof bars have increased by 70% since 2009.

Mark Land, Co-Owner of Van Guard said  ‘It is difficult to put into words what this means to us as a company.  It is a fantastic achievement especially as we have won these awards in the year we celebrate our 40th anniversary.  It is a massive affirmation of what we are doing and what we want to accomplish in the future.’

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