Business Barometer

Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer

The Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer is a nationwide quarterly survey of businesses large and small, created to help us understand the economic landscape and discover what van owners and drivers need to keep their business moving. 

2022: the year of sustainability?

January 2022

As the calendar resets and the SME business owners look out over a new 12 months, it would appear that small businesses are heading into 2022 with a positive outlook and plenty of green ambition.

Delivering Christmas

November 2020

In a year of unprecedented challenges and changes, Christmas 2020 is shaping up to be different for all of us. With shopping centres and brick-and-mortar stores facing an unpredictable calendar of restrictions, customers are relying on internet shopping to get their gifts – and the van community is under pressure like never before.

Stronger. Together.

September 2020

In these unprecedented times, SMEs across the country have been forced to rethink their business models and adapt. These new ways of working have been a unique challenge for the van community - but they’ve also brought unexpected silver linings to a difficult and unpredictable landscape.

People power keeps van heroes moving. 

June 2020

The nation’s van community is working harder than ever on the front line to deliver more medical supplies, groceries, essential goods and parcels – but it’s come at considerable personal cost. With the average driver’s working week increasing by almost 5 hours during this crisis - that’s almost 20 hours more a month - we ask: where does their determination and resilience come from?

How are sporting heroes inspiring the UK's van community?

February 2020

Stars from sport are inspiring us to speak about our mental health and well-being – more than any other profession in the country according to the latest research from Mercedes-Benz Vans. But exactly how are the UK’s van community being encouraged by the sporting elite?

How do the UK's van drivers keep Christmas moving?

December 2019

Roads are expected to be far busier than usual on ‘Frantic Friday’, according to Highways England, with millions of people travelling to visit family and friends over the festive period. Our research reveals that 95% of van drivers feel responsible for making sure their Christmas runs smoothly. We’re asking, how do they manage?

A timely reminder about SAD for Britain's van community

October 2019

Not enough males within the UK’s van community are regularly checking in with the doctor, our latest Business Barometer report reveals. Is this a window into the general attitudes of British men? And could we be doing more to look after ourselves?

Could football be the key to tackling mental health?

August 2019

Football. As they say, it’s more than just a game – and as new research reveals, it could even be essential to tackling mental health in the UK. So how does the beautiful game – and sports in general – help those who might be struggling? 

Danger ahead: the real cost of poor road conditions

February 2019

From parking fines to potholes, the state of UK roads has van drivers facing serious costs – and it’s not just their wallets feeling the strain. Our latest report looks at the issues drivers have to face on a daily basis, and the resulting impacts to their mental health and wellbeing. 

Van man's best friend?

December 2018

UK's professional drivers are taking on the battle against loneliness and poor mental health by taking their dogs on the roads with them.

Road Congestion: yet another threat to local economies

September 2018

It’s no secret that the nation’s roads are blighted by congestion, day-in, day-out. Depending on what time of day you read this article, chances are, you experienced congestion this morning on the way to work, or this evening on the way home. It’s frustrating, but it’s only set to increase over the coming years. To ensure the arteries of the UK’s logistics network aren’t further strained as more and more Brits take up professional driving positions, something needs to change.

Driving mental health awareness.

May 2018

The Mercedes-Benz Vusiness Barometer - our ongoing study of more than 2,000 British van drivers, owners and operators - highlights the stigma still attached to mental health...

Is Britain’s van community accelerating its health issues?

April 2018

Not enough males within the UK’s van community are regularly checking in with the doctor, our latest Business Barometer report reveals. Is this a window into the general attitudes of British men? And could we be doing more to look after ourselves?

Britain's roads in crisis this Easter?

March 2018

Broken motorways, urban parking wars, spiralling congestion... and now here comes Easter half term.

Mind the skills gap.

February 2018

We take a deeper look at the urgent skills shortages faced by all too many organisations in the UK.

The Van Drivers' Manifesto 2017

June 2017

The nation's van drivers have had their say on the sorry state of Britain's highways & byways and pothole repair tops the list of urgent transport priorities for the new Government in a unique manifesto for our roads.