Anchor Vans increases commercial vehicle servicing workshop productivity with live music performance

From: Anchor Vans
Published: Fri Feb 12 2010

Anchor Vans, a leading vendor of used vans in the UK and Berkshire's well-known Ford-approved vehicle servicing agent, has announced the recruitment of an unusual member of staff: a professional pianist to perform live music for the Anchor Vans vehicle service technicians as they work. The pianist plays a variety of pieces live on Wednesday afternoons, providing an enjoyable and novel way to increase staff morale and productivity. For more information call 0118 9710 230 or go to

"The service technicians must have thought I was crazy when I told them about my plan," joked Simon Joyce, Sales Director of Anchor Vans. "I do appreciate that it's unusual, but it actually makes a lot of sense. I'd heard about various studies that have been done on workplace environments, and how doing something as simple as changing the colour of a factory wall can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. People have got used to looking at how to make a good office environment, but nobody seems to have done anything creative about improving a vehicle servicing workshop."

When asked why he hit upon the idea of recruiting a pianist, Simon said; "It started with moving a piano to the Anchor Vans site, just to make some room at home temporarily. Then I came across those studies I mentioned, and I started to think about the environment that we provide for our workshop technicians. There's always a radio on, as in most garages up and down the land, but I wanted to do something extraordinary to cheer up these dark winter months and show the technicians how much we appreciate their work. The piano was already here, and my piano playing is a bit too rusty, so recruiting the pianist was the logical next step. We're even thinking about having an open afternoon," Simon added, "so our customers can come and enjoy the music too."

About Anchor Vans

Anchor Vans specialises in quality new and used vans in the South East of England. Anchor Vans is already the largest centre for new and used vans in Basingstoke, Newbury and Reading run from its main road Padworth site. Anchor Vans is well known for its competitive "lease to buy" schemes and for the quality of its website which allows customers to view pictures of all 350 new and used vans in stock. Anchor Vans has an extensive service centre with facilities for all classes of MOT for cars, vans and minibuses. Recently granted Ford approved service agent status, Anchor Vans has built a reputation for dependability and supplying high quality new and used vans.

Company: Anchor Vans
Contact Name: Simon Joyce
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Contact Phone: 0118 9710 230

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