There’s a new sheriff in the forecourt, and he’s defending our rights for honesty and integrity in the automobile industry. Offering his limitless advice in a seemingly saturated sales climate, Paul Montagu has been quietly building his business on ethical foundations, prioritising his flare for customer care through client calls and casual coffees - whatever he can do to accommodate your needs.
Paul's focus by which to grow both Little White Van Man and Car Helpers, while continuing to combine his time with family and friends, is always the same - to give and to be of help. His skilful balancing act of advisor, husband and father involves commitment and time management - which fortunately Paul thrives on, and admittedly wouldn't have his working day any other way.
Since stepping back from his career working for the fat cats in corporate car sales, Paul has stepped into the spotlight for our benefit, but shy's away from outdated tactics and transparent ploys used in the industry. Paul isn't selling you anything you don't already need when you call him; his consultation is free and his rates for in-depth advice or accompaniment to your sales meetings are highly competitive.
Paul seemingly knows everything a person can know about cars. He’s skilled behind the wheel, and welcomes you to try out his listening ear and comedy gold! His perceptiveness and friendly demeanour hints towards a career in counselling, but it's his passion for cars that remains his driving force. Should we call him the ‘car counsellor’ perhaps? That’s for you to decide, but most already do.
You only need to take a quick glance at Paul’s Facebook page to notice that he's got a great mind for growing a business with heart and soul. Wearing both the hats of Car Helpers and Little White Van Man alike, Paul also remains a dedicated family man; taking notable opportunities to mention his wife and son with adoration, along with his prize pooch, Chenn.
Now that you’ve already taken a little scroll on Paul’s social media, you may feel that you know all there is to know about him. You’ve got him all figured out, right? Paul recently obliged my request for a blog post, and took a tea break to answer a few quick-fire questions for us blog-busters, in hope clarify any misconceptions about his business within the automobile industry. You see, Paul's no crooked salesman, he’s no Del Boy, he doesn't work on commission either. You call, Paul collects. You book, Paul delivers. Need advice? Paul will make the time and will always be honest. When sending over my questions, Paul happily accommodated and thoughtfully fulfilled my request for answers within ten minutes - now that's customer care!
1). So Paul, how did to end up living in Gloucestershire?
I'm not originally from here as you know, I'm from Liverpool actually but we left when I was very young. My Dad got offered a job as Headteacher at St Peters High School, so we moved from Norwich (where I grew up in my younger years) and then settled here. I eventually met my wife and we had my son Theo, and I love Gloucestershire – it’s home to me and always will be.
2). What is your favourite aspect of your job?
That answer is easy! The interesting people I get to meet, as well as the knowledge that I’m actually able to help someone is priceless. The satisfaction I get when I help to find the ideal car or sell a car for the best price, or just to even be a listening ear is so fulfilling. As I used to work in car sales I still have the ability to sell – and I can do it really well, so I enjoy that too! I love being the middle man and getting the best price for my clients. I created both of my businesses to put my knowledge and experience to good use for the sake of others, and I haven't looked back since!
3). What is your passion in life?
That would have to be my family and my dog, Chen Dog - he’s family too! My other passion is listening to people and trying my best to help them. I’m a real people person and the feelings of others matter most to me. I also really enjoy making others laugh, so usually do something a little silly or zany, but not too ‘out-there’! I have very strong spiritual beliefs and a moral compass that I follow in my personal life and in business, and the two areas often overlap because an aspect of my day is working from home, and I think with my heart as well as my head. I appreciate that this life is shorter than we expect, so it’s important to enjoy the company of everyone we meet (if we can). Money and things can never replace people, that stuff’s temporary in the grand scheme of life.
4). If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Hmm..a holiday home somewhere hot would be nice, wouldn’t it? But then again I love Liverpool (although it's rarely warm there)! My place of choice is my true love - Glos Vegas!! It feels like home now, that’s Gloucester by the way!
5). If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would be able to cure all illnesses and alleviate suffering; whatever it was – I’d just take it away.
So there you have it, Paul Montagu clearly values the true meaning of life as he sees it, and encourages us to look a little deeper, not forgetting to have a little sense of humour!
For advice about your car sale or purchase, or for a fast and efficient collection, removal, or delivery service, call Paul. I’m sure if he could take away your every care, he would kindly have a service for that too.
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‘We like to move it-move it!’ We really do! We absolutely love what we do, and we see the honourable opportunity to be entrusted with your possessions as an important job. In fact, for us this isn’t just a job. This is a way of life. I realise that may sound a little ‘cliché’, but it’s true! We do all of this to meet people; to hear their stories, and to hopefully improve their day.
We like to warn potential clients that if you want an ‘S.A.S’ style service, then you’ve come to the wrong removers! ‘Speed, Aggression, and Surprise’ may be the motto for professional assassins, but it certainly isn’t one for these professional movers! We prefer more of a ‘fun, friendly and effective' approach. We won’t stand around all day long chatting about the weather, but we will ask you about your day, and we'll listen for as long as you need us to.
You see, we’re just like you. We’ve been in need of an extra hand, which is how Little White Van Man was born. Like the proverb says, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention', we felt inspired to get us started in the industry as there wasn’t a removal service within the South West area that we felt offered the exceptional level of customer service and commitment as we could. We saw the need and wanted to fill the gap in the market, so we invented the solution - in the form of a little white van!
As our popularity grew, so did our choice of van sizes! We now also offer a larger Mercedes van for bigger removals, which is often used for transporting furniture, taking unwanted items to charity, or for collecting shopping purchased locally from Gumtree. We have also have been in the position where we didn’t have room in the car to transport our unwanted table and bookcase, and where we had one too many boxes to take to the skip after the annual spring clean! However, now we have trusty vans that can transport all of that for us!
We like to think we know how you feel when it comes to moving your sentimental items too, where transporting valuables carefully without damage is vital for the sake of your goods and the good memories they conjure. You can tell us if the item is special to you and we’ll treat it like it’s our own - dedicated to moving it safely from A to B on your behalf.
When you book us, know that we won’t press you for a cup of tea. We won’t even talk about the sad demise of Bake Off on the BBC, unless you us want to! We’re local, recognised guys living in the Gloucestershire area, who want to set the standard for reputable removals and rise to the challenge; whatever your challenge may be. We don’t charge extortionate rates because simply put, we don’t want to and ethically we can't justify it. We don’t travel all over the UK either, because we like the lovely, local folks around here just fine, who also value the meaning of family, friendship and home.
So, for little and large removals, or whatever else you need, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do. Who needs a plane, train, or automobile, when you’ve got the Little White Van Man?