bott Smartvan's yearly roundup - Plus, we reveal a few 2023 secrets!

With Christmas right around the corner, we're rounding off another busy year for bott Smartvan. From award winning van racking to our attendance at an array of brilliant Toolfair shows, read on as we reflect upon the most pivotal moments that shaped 2022. We'll also give you a sneak preview of some of our 2023 plans, including new vans, more shows and some big website changes that'll level up how you shop bott Smartvan.

Travelling around the UK

After a few years of restricted social events, it was great to safely get back to our full calendar of Toolfair shows. We love taking our kitted-out van to events, showing delegates how easy and seamless our custom van racking really is. As much as customers find our 3D online renders helpful, there's nothing like seeing it in real life. The shows also give attendees ample opportunity to chat with our expert team who can help to configure a van racking and accessory set up that suits their trade and the tools and equipment needed to get the job done.

And not satisfied with the huge number of events in our schedule, we added a brand new show this year: The Installer Show. As the UK's largest event for influential installers, we were thrilled to grab the opportunity to travel up to Birmingham to visit and explore the event. We're now planning to head back in 2023, this time to exhibit.

Growing internationally

As well as UK trips, we've been travelling overseas this year to cement our place in the US market, where customers have been anticipating our arrival. This culminated in an official launch for bott Smartvan across multiple states in America from July 1st.

Celebrating award-winning van racking

We're proud of our van racking systems, and so were delighted to win a Red Dot Design Award this year. As one of the world's largest design contests, prizes are awarded based on best-in-class design and innovation. We entered the Product Design category with our iconic custom van racking solution and emerged victorious!

Read more about our award-winning entry and hear from Simon Dunkinson, our R&D Manager who explains why he's so proud after 15 years working on industry-leading van racking designs.

Launching brand new van configurations and accessories

Another year brings even more variety to our van racking configuration and accessory selection. This year, drivers of Volkswagen Caddy Cargos and Caddy Cargo Maxi vans were able to adapt their professional workspace with bott Smartvan van racking.

We're always innovating at HQ to expand our available configurations - and this is also true for our accessory selection. 2022 saw the addition of Anchor Strap Points to help our customers with secure transportation. And it doesn't stop there. We're bringing more new accessories to the store in 2023. Make sure to follow our socials for upcoming announcements.

Exciting partnerships

Collaboration is so important in our industry to keep things moving. This year we partnered with Festool, an award-winning manufacturer of cordless power tools and site equipment. Plenty of you will use Festool products in your day-to-day, which is why we wanted to partner up.

We teamed up to support their amazing £10K giveaway, whereby you could win £2K worth of bott modulo3 racking system as part of the prize. The competition is now closed, but you can still follow the hashtag #festooluk to look out for future giveaways!

We were also pleased to partner with Cornwall RLFC for the 2023 and 2024 league campaigns. Our branding is set to adorn both the Choughs' principal and secondary playing ensembles for the next two years. So keep your eyes peeled for our logo on the kit as well as on the club's match broadcasts and in-stadium advertisements!

Embracing a new office space

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to let you know about our new office space! We love being able to work as a team at headquarters and so naturally we were excited to upgrade our space. Not only does this include comfy breakout areas for the team but also a customer-friendly showroom to enable us to showcase all things van racking and accessories for visitors.

What's next for bott Smartvan?

And now time for a brief peak into 2023... With so much achieved this year, we want to make sure the next 12 months are just as fantastic. Make sure you keep an eager eye on the following.

New look, new bott Smartvan

Things are moving forwards for the bott Smartvan website in 2023. Early next year you'll notice things look a bit different around here... From new ways to shop to a branding glow-up, make sure you're following our Instagram to be the first to visit.

You'll spot a few changes on our social channels too, including new influencers demonstrating their van racking set ups, with a few discount codes for the lucky few who checkout fast enough!

And if you miss out, there are still plenty of ways to get involved with social. Including brand new competitions where we're set to giveaway merch and other small items to upgrade your vehicle.

Even more shows

This year was a big one for show attendance, and we have no plans to slow down! Look out for us at the Toolfairs, as well as the Installer Show and the Royal Cornwall Show.

Product expansion

This one's a proper secret for now. But we'll be unveiling new accessories and new categories in the next few months ready for you to further customise and upgrade your professional workspace.

New vans

To round-off, we'll also be launching new vans to help you keep things organised, safe and secure when you're on the move. So if you drive a 2023 Transit Custom, Renault Kangoo, Mercedes Citan or a Renault Master - get ready to configure in the upcoming months!

So that's it! Another brilliant year of shows, new releases, partnerships and more. We hope we've given you an exciting insight into what's ahead for bott Smartvan as we continue to innovate and grow our product range to help you work smarter. Have a great Christmas and New Year and we'll see you in 2023!