As a van owner, I know how hard it can be to set up a business and help it flourish, especially in an economic down turn, so I was angry and sad to hear one particular story this week.
A 52-year-old woman from Swindon, whose dream was to own a successful takeaway van and had started up her business after two years of unemployment, had her vehicle set on fire deliberately, police believe.
She only opened her business in April of this year, but since then she's been dogged by problems.
The lady said, "I feel sick. It was my living. I was burgled four times and now this.
"I have been told by a lot of people that burger vans aren't doing too well but I was doing extremely well.
"My food is really the talk of the town. They have told me that people who come here have stopped going to other places because of my burgers – they're home-made.
Sadly, she believes that the damage to her burger van, which she bought over the internet for around £7000, won't be covered by the insurance.
I know how lost I'd be if my van was damaged past repair and my business van insurance didn't cover it. I say good luck to this lady and I hope she gets her dream back on track.
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