October 05, 2017 at 4:24 PM
A study by Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer found that confidence of Britain's van drivers, owners and operators in business growth has slipped between April and August 2017 - perhaps due to political uncertainty.
The Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer, a phased study which begun in April to track the views of 2000 van drivers, owners, operators and fleet managers - including tradespeople, service engineers, delivery drivers and entrepreneurs were asked about their expectations for business growth, career goals, plus barriers to growth.
“This study represents an independent and unique look at this diverse and hard-working community who keep British businesses moving – the delivery drivers, van owners, tradespeople, service engineers and businesses both large and small across the nation who rely on vans to ply their trade, reach customers, deliver goods and services or serve new markets" said Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd Managing Director, Steve Bridge.
The first benchmarked data between April and August 2017 shows a decrease in both business confidence and career optimism levels. Whilst the majority (87%) of the van community are confident for business growth over the next year, this is down 3% on April results. Furthermore, in the North East of England, where confidence in growth was the highest in Britain (97%) back in April, this has now fallen to 83% in this second phase of the study.
Unsurprisingly, congestion proved a key barrier to business growth within van drivers, owners and operators. 30% claimed gridlocked roads could prevent growth, with delivery businesses estimating they are losing 15% of their working hours to congested roads. "These hard working van users should not have to worry about whether or not they can fulfil their business needs because of bottlenecks and traffic chaos.” added Bridge.
Download the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer findings here.