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Sam is hiring again, join our team as a S.A.M.

admin : 09/08/2016 11:36 am : Blog

An amazing opportunity to join one of Devons unique and exciting businesses. We are recruiting for a S.A.M, a “Seriously Awesome Mover”.

Who is SamTheVanMan.com?

Devon Transport Limited delivers Devon. Devon Transport Limited owns both SamTheVanMan.com and SamTheCourierMan.com providing services from home delivery contracts, man and van removal services, driver provision all the way to same day courier and some multidrop services.

What do you need to be a S.A.M?

Based from North Devon you will be local to Barnstaple, South Molton, Tiverton or immediate surrounding area. You will have a completely clean driving licence and provide evidence of excellent customer service to provide the best experience for our customers whether big or small.

You will be able to drive confidently in up to 3.5t vehicles and able to navigate proactively ensuring prompt delivery. Ideally you will have at least 2 years commercial driving experience although this is not a requirement for the right candidate.

You will be able to carry some heavier items with the care as if they were your own, as well as be able to pack different sized vans ensuring safe load transportation. You will also have a good eye for detail and administrative requirements where needed.

What are we offering?

The initial contract offered is part-time with a minimum of 10 hours a week with expectation for this to grow quickly to a full-time role. The starting rate is £7.70 p/h however the opportunity to earn overtime is possible.

To Apply – Email your CV to sam@samthevanman.com today!

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New Storage Solutions

admin : 29/09/2015 2:22 pm : Blog

Short of Space? Moving house? Need to store stock, equipment or archive documents?

Whether you are a business, a student or simply want to free up some space at home or in the garage, SamTheVanMan.com offers simple storage solutions.

  1. Storage by the box!

    A brand new concept, we will send you a box, pick it up and store it for you for a small monthly fee. When it comes to you wanting it back, we’ll drop it back to you as well!
    You can store boxes (ours are double walled 45cm x 45cm x 51cm – see them in our online store here), archive boxes (ours are double walled 38cm x 32cm x 25cm – see them in our online store here), as well as larger items up to 100cm x 100cm x 100cm in length, so long as they are in a box and do not exceed our standard weight limit of 25kg. If you have special requirements beyond this, give us a call – we will try to accommodate.

    Get your free quote for storage by the box now!

  2. Storage units

    These are available all over the county. Our storage rooms come in all shapes and sizes from a wardrobe sized space to the larger container sized rooms capable of storing a whole house contents. SamTheVanMan.com will always pickup and deliver to your unit at discounted rates!

    Get your free quote for a storage unit now!

If your moving house, renovating, downsizing, want to get your car back in garage, or if you’re a business looking to store stock or exhibition and promotional materials, get in touch with SamTheVanMan.com today to discuss how we can assist you with your self storage requirements.

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We’re Hiring – We Need a S.A.M.

admin : 09/09/2015 1:59 pm : Blog

An amazing opportunity to join one of Devons unique and exciting businesses. We are recruiting for a S.A.M, a “Seriously Awesome Mover”.

Who is SamTheVanMan.com?

Devon Transport Limited delivers Devon. Devon Transport Limited owns both SamTheVanMan.com and SamTheCourierMan.com providing services from home delivery contracts, man and van removal services, driver provision all the way to same day courier and multidrop services.

What do you need to be a S.A.M?

Based from North Devon you will be local to Barnstaple, South Molton, Tiverton or immediate surrounding area. You will have a clean driving licence and provide excellent customer service to provide the best experience for our customers whether big or small. 

You will be able to drive confidently in up to 3.5t vehicles and able to navigate proactively ensuring prompt delivery. Ideally you will have at least 2 years commercial driving experience although this is not a requirement for the right candidate.

You will be able to carry some heavier items with the care as if they were your own, as well as be able to pack different sized vans ensuring safe load transportation. You will also have a good eye for detail and administrative requirements where needed. 

What are we offering?

The initial contract offered is part-time with a minimum of 8 hours a week with expectation for this to grow promptly. The starting rate is £7.70 p/h however the opportunity to earn overtime is possible.

To Apply – Email your CV to sam@samthevanman.com today!

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Live in Exeter, join our team.

admin : 13/02/2015 3:07 pm : Blog

Devon Transport Limited is looking for a professional “Same Day” courier driver to assist with its regional growth. We’re looking to appoint a flexible driver to support deliveries both locally across the South West and to UK wide delivery locations.

We operate 24/7, 365 days a year, so the ability to operate out of hours is of paramount importance. The role will be part time to start with looking to make full-time as quickly as possible.

Responsibilities will include picking up items from clients and delivering direct to delivery address. You will be provided with a van and training to carry out the job, you may also be required to assist a sister van at times.

Applicants must have appropriate experience of working within the courier industry or in a similar commercial driving capacity. The successful candidate will have good geographical knowledge across Devon and Cornwall and be able to make deliveries nationwide.

Reliability, flexibility with a professional outlook is vital. We require a clean driving licence with no criminal convictions in the past 5 years.

This is a prestigious position within a fast growing professional regional brand with great progression prospects.

Interested in being part of the team?

Please email jobs {at} samthevanman {dot} com with your cv.

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Transporting Britain

admin : 29/09/2014 11:31 am : Blog

Across the thousands of miles that SamTheVanMan’s same and next day courier and delivery services cover in the average month, we get to see some of the random things alongside the normal trucks and vans that rely on the UK motorway and trunk road network.

A little insight to this for those interested is, in just the last week on Britains roads, we’ve seen;

  • a police escorted Range Rover,
  • multiple pieces of wind turbines, and buildings
  • a steam engine and coal hopper, as well as all the new new random vehicles being delivered, such as;
  • armoured military bulldozers,
  • a manchester airport fire tender,
  • snow ploughs (hopefully won’t be needed),
  • and finally, on Friday we even spotted a Batmobile!

The Batman movie Batmobile was spotted on the M5, headed south.

It all has to go by road, sometimes it slows it all down, but nowhere near as often as we’re delayed by accidents and rolling roadblocks for debris in the carriageways, so drive safe and ensure your vehicle is safely secured before you set off.

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Packing Supplies Now Available

admin : 16/07/2014 9:46 am : Blog

SamTheVanMan.com has now launched it’s mail order packaging supply store. Head now to to our new packaging store. We can supply boxes, bubble wrap and protection for all manor of items, even if you’re not moving with SamTheVanMan.

With our fast dispatch and courier delivery you are guaranteed to have your order within 2-3 working days maximum, so even if you’ve left it to the last minute, SamTheVanMan can still help!

More products being added daily!

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Nicole

admin : 12/05/2014 8:51 pm : Blog

A few months ago, Shirley took a turn for the worse and we had to let her go, we replaced her silently with Nicole.

Nicole is a nod to a rather famous historic ad campaign for a different breed of French vehicles. She’s already proved herself by travelling thousands of miles over the last four months delivering everything from beds to sheds! This weekend, we can officially release her new colours, and how she got them!

We’re very proud to be “Papa” to our wonderful Nicole. When you see her, say hello!

 

SamTheVanMan.com, courier & man and van hire

SamTheVanMan.com, courier & man and van hire

 

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Service Outage

admin : 27/11/2013 7:19 pm : Blog

Due to our hosting company upgrading their servers you may find that during Sunday morning (1st December) this site is unavailable, please revisit a few hours later. The outage should last no more than 2 hours.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this unavoidable downtime.

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New Traffic Feed Launched

admin : 23/09/2013 10:32 pm : Blog

SamTheVanMan.com gets even more helpful, we’ve now published a live traffic information feed, should you be about to travel across any of Englands motorways, we can give you up to the minute updates brought to you from the Highways Agency.

See it in action here!

If there is anything more you’d like to see from it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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E. oili?

admin : 27/04/2013 6:34 pm : Blog

E. coli bacteria have been genetically modified to convert sugar into an oil that is almost identical to diesel.

If the process was carried out on a larger scale, the manufactured fuel could replace fossil fuel use.

Proving more efficient that biofuel production, which the EU has set a 10% target for use of before 2020, the new fuel also does not require any alterations to modern engines.

Covering hundreds of miles every month, the man and van services that Sam The Van Man provides across North Devon and Exeter are always the most efficient they can be, and they are always on the look out for new technology that can help reduce their carbon footprint.

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ASBO Swan sparks “How to” Guide

admin : 26/04/2013 6:32 pm : Blog

A swan reported of regularly attacking people since 2009, named Mr Asbo by locals, has inspired a guide to be written – advising people on how to treat and respect the territorial wild birds.

Attacks can be dangerous as their strong wings can break the bones of the forearm often used in a protective stance to shield the face from the beak. Mr Asbo himself (and his mate) have been relocated.

This will however cause objections from bird lovers, as swans choose their territory carefully year after year.

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Classic cars locked away for the winter

admin : 25/04/2013 3:22 pm : Blog

Classic car lovers are turning to storage facilities to keep their precious vehicles stored safely in mint condition during the winter months.

With lots of available storage units around the country without clear access to garages can provide issues from the damp and icy winter and spring months.

With more money being invested into classic cars, and the values increasing over the last few years, storage can be a money saving solution to those with limited storage room.

Should you require any self storage solutions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, we have worked with a huge range of self storage solutions and can always advise the best route forward.

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Addison Lee sold to US private equity firm Carlyle

admin : 24/04/2013 6:30 pm : Blog

Addison Lee, one of Britain’s largest minicab companies, has been bought by US private-equity firm Carlyle Group in a deal reported to be worth £300m.

The firm founded by ex-cabbie John Griffin in 1975 has grown from just one car to a fleet of around 4,500 that carries 10m passengers across the capital each year.

Mr Griffin will remain the chairman of the company and his son Liam chief executive.

The family of Lenny Foster, who co-founded the minicab empire, will also retain a small stake in the company.

Both Addison Lee and Carlyle, which owns breakdown firm RAC and health food chain Holland and Barratt, said they were looking at expanding the minicab business in other British cities.

“There are other opportunities to look at in the regions, but we would be more focused on a partnership,” Liam Griffin told the Daily Telegraph. “What we want to look at is making the Addison Lee booking experience available via our app in other areas, but we would use local suppliers to provide the service.

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Rhino Horn Heist Robs Museum

admin : 23/04/2013 6:23 pm : Blog

Raiders stole rhinoceros heads, worth an estimated 0.5 million euros ($650,000), from the National Museum of Ireland last week.

The daring raid consisted of four raiders that overpowered and tied up a security guard during the robbery late on the 17th April 2013, the Dublin-based museum said in a statement. He was not injured or harmed.

“The stolen rhinoceros heads have a total of eight horns that have probably been taken to supply the illegal trade in powdered horn that is used in traditional medicines in the Far East,” the museum said. “Their price is based on weight.”

Thieves have turned to museums in their search for rhino horns, as several species of the animal have become close to extinction, the museum said.

In recent years, thieves have turned to museums and private collections that include rhino taxidermy and artworks that include rhino horn.

Many museums have taken rhinoceros horn off display as a result. The National Museum of Ireland took the decision to remove all rhinoceros horn from display and the stolen specimens were placed in storage over a year ago.

National Museum of Ireland

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Silent, reliable, high-performance energy supply to replace generators

admin : 22/04/2013 11:45 am : Blog

Telecom antennas in isolated locations across Belgium can now be powered by Hydrogen fuel cells until they are connected to the power grid.

Reducing CO2 emissions by 35 tonnes per year when compared to a generator,  Belacom is now testing the system further, with a view to replacing use of generators permanently.

Sam The Van Man provides similar efficiency when it comes to small UK and European man and van services, whether it’s one item or a full flat transport, get in touch today for a free quote.

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TRACKER update

admin : 21/04/2013 4:42 pm : Blog

Vehicle tracking specialist platform, TRACKER, purchased by domestic drivers as well as professionals and fleet operations alike to track stolen vehicles, has updated its system to provide more data.

The service now allows drivers to plan a journey more efficiently – saving both time and money.

It also now contains reminders for MOT, servicing times and insurance renewal as well as updated nearby amenities listings and full compatibility with Google Maps.

To appease the eco-minded purchasers, it also now includes CO2 emission rates. For more information about purchasing a TRACKER device, please visit the TRACKER website.

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Badger Cull Increases Cruelty Cases

admin : 20/04/2013 6:00 pm : Blog

This year will see two trial badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset in an effort to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis. This has started encouraging people to badger bait and other acts of cruelty.These acts are still illegal as with any other animal cruelty.

Prosecutions for cruelty to badgers have climbed annually from 2007 (30 cases). With the Protection of Badgers Act (1992), public are encouraged to report any crimes to their local Wildlife Crime Officer.

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Sheep Lawn Mowers

admin : 19/04/2013 5:38 pm : Blog

Paris officials have decided that lawnmowers are just too bad for the environment – this year four Ouessant sheep will graze the grasslands of Paris in a new eco-experiment.

With no fuel costs or vehicle maintenance and the new employees being of a hardy breed to work 24/7 in all weathers, the only cost will be to run the electric fence to prevent them wandering the streets.

Being a licenced DEFRA animal transport specialist across the UK and Europe, Sam The Van Man can help anyone following the French idea by getting the natural lawn mowers to their destination.

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Waitrose Donates to RSPCA

admin : 18/04/2013 6:30 pm : Blog

Waitrose have donated margarine to the RSPCA’s West Hatch Centre in Taunton to assist removing the spilled glue from over 200 birds brought in.

The margarine breaks down the polyisobutene (used in sealants and chewing gum among other things) which then must be removed by detergents before the birds can be released.

More than 60 birds have had to be put down having ingested the chemical or sustaining other injuries.

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West Midlands Pride at Turning 40

admin : 17/04/2013 9:34 pm : Blog

When it opened 40 years ago the inventory listed 447 animals including “a guard dog”, “a tortoise” and “a pony”.

Celebrating its Anniversary today in pride after the opening of a new African lion drive through West Midlands Safari Park’s stock list today numbers over 1,600 animals including the UK’s largest group of hippos, the only drive-through dhole exhibit and the Phillippine spotted deer – one of the world’s rarest animals.

So here is a very Happy birthday to West Midlands Safari Park. @westmidsafari

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Tourism Ireland Gathering Taxis

admin : 17/04/2013 5:30 pm : Blog

Tourism Ireland has branded a fleet of taxis with rolling fields, pink sunset sky and views across the cities of the emerald isle in a bid to encourage city-dwellers to take a break in the country.

Manchester, London, Birmingham and Glasgow will run the new taxis also emblazoned with the phrase “The Gathering, a festival encouraging new visitors with events taking place throughout 2013 for the year-long celebration.

Sam The Van Man is fully behind The Gathering and can help in logistical services including DEFRA licenced animal transport throughout Ireland and Continental Europe wherever needed.

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DNA Horn Database

admin : 16/04/2013 6:30 pm : Blog

Following recent threats to Port Lympne and Howletts wildlife parks’ resident rhinos and attempts to steal rhino horn from educational establishments and museum exhibits; a DNA database of all horn samples held in the UK is being set up.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit is sending sample pots and special drill bits to any centre known to hold rhino horn in a bid to stop the illegal trade here in the UK.

Stealing the horn from collections in the UK, even from live animals held in zoos (many have sought advice to heighten security of their rhino enclosures as well as their education departments) holds less risk as thieves may be chased but will not be shot at.

As part of the Government funded scheme, zoos will be asked to take blood samples from their rhino’s to add to the database.

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Left Waiting

admin : 15/04/2013 6:30 pm : Blog

A postcard of Carisbrooke Castle, sent on the 31st July 1968 on the Isle of Wight has finally reached its destination – via Peterborough mail centre on the 8th April 2013!

It took so long, the intended recipients moved out sometime in the 1990’s. This beats last year’s story of a letter (including a cheque) taking 9 years to deliver.

As the Derbyshire drama was caused by a postman withholding mail, there was no mystery, however no-one knows why Margaret and Ron’s postcard took so long…

For a courier service that stays in contact with it’s customers to deliver on time, get in touch with Sam The Van Man.

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Blaze at Scottish Zoo

admin : 14/04/2013 7:00 pm : Blog

Sadly one otter and an as yet unannounced number of reptiles and insects have been killed in a fire at Five Sisters Zoo, Polbeth, West Calder. Raised by the alarm, keepers discovered the well-established blaze at 3:50 and it took 11 fire engines to begin to control the flames.

The zoo’s stock is mostly rescued animals rehomed from members of the public who can no longer care for them. The cause of the fire is not thought to be suspicious and inquiries are believed to be looking at the heating system.

No people were injured in the blaze.

Should anyone want to help, please visit the Five Sisters Zoo website. Everyone at SamTheVanMan passes on their thoughts to the zoo owners and staff and should we be able to help in anyway, we shall.

Due to the number of people calling and wishing to donate to help the Zoo as a result of the fire, they have set up a dedicated fund and anyone wishing to donate please simply click on the following link and select the Five Sisters Zoo Fire Fund from the dropdown menu.

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SamTheVanMans Exmoor Update

admin : 19/01/2013 9:40 pm : Blog

The gritters and snowploughs have been out in force across the South West today keeping it moving as much as possible, however Exmoor being it’s own kettle of fish I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt today having been out and about.

Firstly massive credit to the gritters as there is only one main route problem that I’m aware of (and got caught by) – that is the A39 just outside of Lynton, on Countisbury Hill unless you have a tractor do not even attempt it, you will not make it. Whilst our snow has come and gone, Exmoor faired an awful lot worse with some stunning snow drifts, although some of these have come across the road as well.
To put it into perspective, they have closed the road at Countisbury Hill, I couldn’t get much past the Barbrook service station. The couple who run it had been inundated with calls from neighbouring people stating the coast road and main 39 was unpassable. They also mentioned the few people they had to rescue yesterday who had come out from Barnstaple underestimating quite how harsh the road conditions were.

If you are going anywhere off the gritting route on Exmoor you will likely get stuck, with nothing clearing it and the temperature coming down again below freezing tonight you will just be driving on ice.

If you need to get to Minehead, go via the M5 until the closure clears.

Safe driving, take care on the roads as gritters, ploughs and snow blowers were all on the gritting routes this afternoon. The A399 (South Moulton to Bratton Fleming/A39) road is passable although take care as one car in front of me almost went straight into a snow blower.

For the latest information please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/devon.

Bristol main routes are all clear, although residential streets are a mixture of snow and ice where cars have spun up the snow, and it’s refrozen.

If you would like this added to, please get in touch via our Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

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Paignton Zoo giraffe moves on

admin : 12/01/2013 9:31 pm : Blog

Giraffe Trailer

Giraffe Trailer

A young male giraffe is leaving Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. Tonda, who will be three years old in February, is going to Chessington Zoo, part of Chessington World of Adventures, in Surrey.

Tonda was born to mother Janica and father Yoda in February 2010. At 4.3 metres in height he is now a young or sub-adult and ready to move on. But how do you move an animal that tall?

Zoo spokesperson Philip Knowling explained: “Tonda has been used to feeding in a crate positioned against the door to the paddock and on the day of his departure this will be replaced by a low wheel-base trailer with an adjustable roof to suit his height.

The Zoo’s Manitou telehandler vehicle will be used to manoeuvre the trailer into position.” The 200-mile journey should take around four hours. Neil Bemment, Curator of Mammals and Director of Operations at Paignton Zoo, explained: “Tonda needs to move on so that we can manage our growing herd, with the two young calves born last year.

He may breed at Chessington in the future, but for the time being he will form a small bachelor group with two other young males. “He is pretty laid back and enjoys the attention of his keepers – I’m sure he will take the move in his stride!”

The name Tonda means worthy of praise. It is Latin and used as a short form of Antonius in the Czech and Slovak regions, which is where his mother came to Devon from. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity.

For more information go to www.paigntonzoo.org.uk or ring 0844 474 2222.

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New Year Starts With Northampton

admin : 01/01/2013 1:38 pm : Blog

Happy New Year everyone!

We at SamTheVanMan.co.uk hope you’re not too jaded and have had a fantastic break!

The year starts with a bang and among other trips will be making the long distance run to Northampton and back over the first weekend of January, we have a small amount of space available for last minute items if you’ve bought in the sales get in contact.

We can pick up from Ikea and everywhere between Exeter and Northampton via Birmingham and the reverse trip of course. Of course our rates as always will be unbeatable!

Get in touch today to secure your delivery.

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New Brand

admin : 24/12/2012 9:48 pm : Blog

It’s bright and it’s orange, welcome to our new brand colouring and of course introducing Sam himself!(It’s not a bad likeness I’m sure you’ll agree!)

We hope you like it, we certainly do as well as all the new features this lovely site provides. This blog will keep you up to date with our movements the things we see. Get involved, join our twitter and facebook pages by following the links at the bottom of the page.

Here’s to a very merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2013!

Sam The Van Man

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