Small businesses in the market for vans are turning to supermarkets in a bid to save money, according to Motorpoint.
The dealer said it sold one van every 51 minutes in October to companies with fewer than 10 employees â€“ thatâ€™s 329 units and a 91% like-for-like monthly increase in sales.
The most popular model was the Ford Transit 300 MWB, which Motorpoint is selling new for Â£10,999.
In 2008 the company said it sold 44,000 vehicles, providing savings of more than Â£110m on franchised dealer recommended retail prices.
Jon Baird, head of commercial sales at Motorpoint, said: â€œThe message about the great deals on offer is clearly getting through to the UKâ€™s business community â€“ they have been snapping up a record number of vans from us.â€