Barnsley Paul drives forward with ‘man with van’ service

A man with a Van....Paul White,of Sherwood Street,Barnsley, a former jobseeker has set up his own business with a Van Service
A man with a Van....Paul White,of Sherwood Street,Barnsley, a former jobseeker has set up his own business with a Van Service
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He’s moved snakes, bearded dragons, chicken sheds - and he even moved his girlfriend’s ex out of her house.

Man with a van Paul White, of Move It Move It, has plenty to celebrate after launching his business.

He saw a niche for half-hour time slots after forking out £80 for a van for 24 hours to move house - and only using it for an hour-and-a-half.

Now he shuttles around Barnsley doing ultra-local pick ups at just £10 per half-an-hour.

He keeps costs down by trawling ‘items for sale’ groups on Facebook and when someone posts something that’s too big to be delivered by car he’s first to respond with a little explanation of his services.

So a buyer sees the item and a way of having it delivered at the same time.

And when he’s done a job he asks people to post a review on his Facebook page - which goes to all their friends. “Word of mouth on steroids,” he calls it.

He’s also started to buy and sell furniture, especially old wooden chairs which he gives a shabby chic makeover with a lick of white paint. “People are mad for it,” he says.

Paul, of Sherwood Street, Barnsley, added: “I love being in business, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I love being my own boss and doing what I want. I meet new people every day and make them happy and I get to do a bit of exercise.

“The worst part is getting difficult sofas into houses. I have spent hours trying to get sofas in!”

Former warehouse manager Paul, aged 34, had been made redundant and was signing on when he had his lightbulb moment while looking at Facebook.

He approached JobCentre Plus.

He said: “I said I wanted to go self-employed, but I was concerned about it not working. They said the NEA scheme was like a safety net.

“If your business doesn’t go well you can always go back on the dole. And you get a bit of income while you’re setting up.”

Paul sold his MX5 and bought a white van which he’s had fully carpeted – and straps and blankets ensure nothing gets damaged.