A BUSINESS that does removals, storage, art and antiques transport has been awarded Franchise Business of the Year.

Your Man With A Van, based in Poole, received the award at the Federation of Small Businesses South West Small Business Awards.

The business originally started as a single-man trading business, with the ethos ‘Friendly Local Movers’.

After a number of years of expansion, the business moved to a franchise operation, which has seen ‘tremendous’ business growth, sharing professionalism and customer care across the UK.

The company has five star reviews on Google, with services offered including item relocation, light removals, storage, international, art and antiques and office clearance.

FSB development manager for Dorset, Nicky Kildunne, said: “Congratulations to all this year’s South West FSB Celebrating Small Business Award winners. “They are reflective of the vibrancy, innovation and tenacity that makes up our small business community.

“It’s been thrilling to see so many businesses in the South West enthusiastically take part in our awards and the sheer scale and diversity of those who entered is a testimony to the vitality of the small business community in the area.

“The best of luck to all our winners for the UK national award finals in May.”