Van customising firm off to racing start with new showroom, thanks to John Truslove

Leading Midlands property agency John Truslove has helped to put a van customising business on the map with its first showroom in Redditch.

Scott Parks, the owner of Van Kings, has signed a five-year deal to lease a 2,704 sq ft called Unit 6 in Brook Street at £24,000 per annum.

Mr Parks explained that he is applying a decade of experience in the vehicle sales industry to his new business, catering for an explosion in demand for customised Ford Transits.

He said: “The market for customised vans, particularly Transits, is just huge at the moment, and the last six months things have gone crazy.

“It can be the motor trade, businesses, sole traders or families – five or six-seater vans are just so popular that we’re having to operate a waiting list to cater for demand.

“We take the vehicles in at our new showroom in Brook Street, send them to our offsite bodyshop for work and then bring the back here.

“As a result we have about a dozen vehicles here at any one time, so with the different stock every week it’s a constantly rotating display of what we can do.”

Mr Parks, aged 29, launched his new business 18 months ago and soon realised he needed showroom premises.

“I’d originally talked to the John Truslove team about some other premises, and then I spotted these refurbished units in Brook Street and made sure I had my foot in the door for one of them.

“I started working with Ben Truslove and he was great – the only person I’d ever deal with in the future, as he made sure everything went really smoothly.”

Ben Truslove, joint managing director at John Truslove, said: “These Brook Street units have been recently refurbished to a very high standard and work extremely well to showcase Van Kings’ work.

“This a win-win all round, as a big part of our role is working closely with new businesses to help find premises that work for them, then matching the right tenants with the right landlords.

“Scott has really tapped into a hugely popular niche in the auto sales market and knew what he was looking for in terms of premises.”

Mr Parks added: “We fit fancy wheels, sidebars, interiors, sports kits, everything to make a van stand out, and then use Facebook and Instagram to show off our work, which brings in even more customers.”

Van Kings was advised by SME Solicitors, based in Worcester.

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For more information, contact:

John Truslove, Daralbee House, Archer Road, Redditch, B98 8DJ

01527 584242

Editor’s Notes 

Redditch-based chartered surveyors and valuers John Truslove was established by John Truslove in 1981 and has become the market leading independent agent for commercial property in North Worcestershire and North Warwickshire as well as the wider West Midlands.

John Truslove has been named top commercial property agency in Worcestershire again – for the third year in a row. The company, now in its 42nd year, left the competition standing.

In 2022, John Truslove signed off 77 deals, more than all the other top five agents in Worcestershire combined. And in Warwickshire, John Truslove ranked fifth.

The figures are revealed in the latest EG Radius On-Demand Rankings, the property trade national league table of commercial agents. It follows on the success from 2020 and 2021 when the firm was named Most Active Agent in Worcestershire for two years in a row in the Radius Data Exchange survey produced in conjunction with EG, the commercial property market magazine.

Joint managing director Ian Parker was also named Worcestershire Dealmaker of the Year AND Warwickshire Dealmaker of the Year for 2020. The survey year, which runs from August to August, saw John Truslove record a 36% increase in deals negotiated over the 12 months.

Issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, mobile 07990 978257.