September 17, 2019

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles celebrates family-owned businesses

Figures show there are 4.8 million family-owned firms in the UK, employing 13 million people.

Young business owners are reportedly twice as likely to have taken over a family company, while tradesmen are four times more likely to follow in their father’s footsteps than the national average.

It’s not just father and son firms, though, with 17% of tradeswomen revealing they were inspired by their dad to take up a trade, accounting for an estimated 15,600 building firms in the UK today.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating these ‘Father &’ companies this Father’s Day by highlighting four customers who have passed their expertise down through the generations and rely on their vans to make their business a success.

Leaf Envy
Founded in December 2018, the London-based father and daughter duo, Malcolm and Beth Chapman, use a liveried Volkswagen Caddy to deliver plants to customers.

P Markwick & Son Ltd
Pete and Tom Markwick have been working together for more than a decade. The plumbing, heating and air conditioning installation company relies on its Volkswagen Transporter to reach customers across East Sussex.

Pool Fresh
Established 21 years ago, Pool Fresh is a London-based cleaning and maintenance service run by Jerry and Jordan Abankwah (pictured above). Using their Transporter, the small business offers a unique pool cleaning service across the capital.

The French Polishing Company
Highlighting the diversity of businesses using Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the London-based furniture polishing and restoration firm, run by father and son partnership Andrew and Jay, has been operating for five years using their Volkswagen Transporter.

David Hanna, head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Father’s Day is a special time of the year, especially for family businesses where children have followed in the footsteps of their parents – whether that’s in traditional trades or some of the more unusual companies who we count among our valued customer base. Father & Son – and increasingly & Daughter – businesses are experiencing a resurgence and bring in millions to the UK economy each year. We’re proud to be Working With You and Your Children with our reliable vans and leading aftersales offering.”