ABOUT THE VAN ... THE MAN ... AND BASKETBALL
Hi! I'm Ali Granger.
I play basketball for the Mike Pero Nelson Giants. I'm also the Man with the Van.
I came up with the idea of the business with my Mum Janie when I was looking for work that would fit around the basketball playing season.
We figured that lots of people need to move stuff quickly and efficiently - and at a reasonable and predictable price. Basically, they needed wheels and muscle.
I had the muscles and I could get a van. Van and a Man was born!
COMING UP WITH THE IDEA WAS THE EASY PART
Getting my first van on a tight budget was a bit more of a challenge. But I talked it over with Alex Oliver and Shane Drummond from The Car Company Nelson over a few ales at the Turf Hotel on a Thursday night and they came up trumps. That very day they’d traded a Ford Transit Van and that became my flagship vehicle for Man and a Van.
Small one-off jobs started to come in. It was the basketball off season so I did some cold calling on the bigger freight companies to see if they needed any help. Almost straight away one of them had me supplementing their work and soon a couple of my contract drivers were on the job too. Before long we needed a second van to handle the one-off smaller jobs. I added a Toyota Hi Ace to the fleet. Bought it off the side of the road - not the wisest move as it turned out. It was a rust bucket and cost a lot to make safe and road worthy. Lesson learned!
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