Van Sales UK has announced the appointment of Paul Cox as sales director.

Cox’s CV includes previous stints with another leading independent van seller, a major manufacturer’s franchised network, and a rental specialist.

His appointment is said to be the first in a series of initiatives to boost Van Sales UK’s presence in the market, including expanding the sales team and moving to a larger office.

Cox said: “These are exciting times for the business and that was a big part of the attraction for me to get on board.

“Van Sales UK has great potential for growth and my mission is to drive that forward as far and as fast as possible.”

Cox inherited a team of 11 sales executives, but the company plans to quickly increase that number to 18. 

Cox said: “We’ve already added another two recruits so we’re on the way. I’m also creating a specialised business development team, to focus on promoting the advantages we can offer to prospective new customers, while the retail team will  devote their attention to dealing with incoming inquiries.

“I’ve been very lucky to inherit a fantastic group of people who are extremely highly motivated – which is testament to the positive working environment and strong team spirit established by managing director Chris Jakeways. My responsibility now is to help add the systems and processes that will allow us to reach the next level.

“My previous role was with a large plc and, by contrast, it’s a refreshing change to be in a business where decisions can be taken and plans put into action quickly. We’re a very nimble operation here and I want ensure we retain that agility and speed of response as we grow – the initial target is to hit 10,000 sales per year, and I fully expect that to be reached soon.”