April 18, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton See Increase in White 'Vin' Man

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 18, 2011) - In the last few years, the recession has been driving people to vans. However the recently announced government cuts are now causing middle class professionals to get into van jobs, according to Swinton Commercial.

The news comes as thousands are being made redundant, leaving many professionals jobless and setting up businesses on their own.

As a result Swinton Commercial, a leading provider of cheap van insurance has seen an increase in vans insured for new businesses as the white 'vin' man takes off.

A recent online survey of 1200 customers conducted by the van insurance retailer discovered that 13% of van men now consider themselves to be middle class. The survey went into further detail and revealed how van drivers are becoming more cultured, with 34% preferring to read The Times, 29% stating they would enjoy the theatre and a staggering 43% would prefer a nice glass of wine to a pint of beer.

However van drivers are still staying true to their stereotype when concerning their breakfast, as 89% still prefer a full English breakfast as opposed to the more continental option of croissants and fruits.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager for Swinton Commercial, said: "The white van man has evolved since the stereotype was born many years ago, with the process being sped up due to the fact so many middle class professionals have been forced into manual jobs. Our advice to anyone starting a new job as a van driver is to ensure you have an adequate van insurance policy."

About Swinton:
  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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