Vehicle leasing company, Vanarama, is recognising the hard work and dedication of the UK\u2019s 4 million van drivers with the Vanarama Van Hero Awards 2017. \u00a0\u00a0\r\n\r\nVans now account for one in five of all urban and motorway traffic, operated by drivers who do everything from delivering parcels and pet supplies to maintaining the internet. \u00a0\r\n\r\nThe awards, in their second year, celebrate the diversity of van drivers in the UK, no matter what their trade or profession. As well as providing a platform for van or pick up driving firms to get the valuable business boost of winning the Vanarama Van Hero 2017 title, they also offer the chance to win either a three-year van lease or \u00a35000 cash. \u00a0\r\n\r\nAndy Alderson, founder and CEO of Vanarama asks, \u201cWhat is a van hero? It\u2019s not just our valued tradespeople that are the backbone of our nation, the UK\u2019s on-demand economy means more and more people view van and pick up drivers as their heroes, as they\u2019re constantly satisfying peoples\u2019 demand for one-click purchase and convenient delivery.\r\n\r\n"Not to mention the many businesses from dog walkers to Personal Training instructors who provide invaluable services using a van or pick up to operate their day to day business,\u201d\r\n\r\nAndy continues \u201cFar too often van drivers get a bad press but the majority are hardworking family people running their own business. We want to celebrate their entrepreneurialism and reward them.\r\n\r\nVanarama is encouraging van driving business owners to enter the awards. Whether they have gone above and beyond for their customers, mentored an amazing apprentice or perhaps worked hard for charity or community, most businesses have a positive story to tell. The Van Hero competition is open from 5\u00a0June, with entries to be submitted at www.vanarama.co.uk\/vanheroes until the deadline of 31\u00a0July 2017.