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A podcast for the UK Moving industry where your host, Colin Wynn, interviews company owners, branch managers and even suppliers in this wonderful, friendly, family orientated industry. We delve into the past, the present and the future with each of our guests.

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United Kingdom

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A podcast for the UK Moving industry where your host, Colin Wynn, interviews company owners, branch managers and even suppliers in this wonderful, friendly, family orientated industry. We delve into the past, the present and the future with each of our guests.

Language:

English

Contact:

01420 475059


Episodes

Episode 79: Moving Matters with James Tutton of Chelmsford Removals

2/22/2024
In this episode James Tutton, Managing Director of Chelmsford Removals discusses how he began in the industry by helping out his father at weekends in his parent’s removal company (Handy Removals) from the age of 10, and later in life while between work and serving in the army. Today James owns Chelmsford Removals which he started 16 years ago and Move It Removals which he acquired in 2019. Both companies are 90% domestic removals & storage (460 x 250 cuft containers), with some commercial and trade work, running 12 vehicles and employing 35. And both are members of the BAR (British Association of Removers). One of the challenges James had to overcome was not being able to afford to employ (let alone attract) the best removal guys when starting out, but today he couldn’t be prouder of those he employs. The one thing James would change from his moving past is to have taken much greater care of his back, which James has ensured forms a big part of the training he delivers to his staff. From a business perspective James would have liked to have focused on storage much sooner. James has several highpoints of being within the industry, consisting of, growing his own company much bigger than his Dad’s, getting his own warehouse in Chelmsford, joining the BAR, and acquiring Move It Removals. The one thing James would like to change within the industry is a standardised system in which removal companies are recognised, separating those that are couriers at worst and man & van at best apart from professional removal companies. The advice James would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to learn as much about business, the industry, and to get really good at your numbers. In the next 5 years James would like to acquire another company as he’s gearing up for an acquisition hopefully in 2025 (either a competitor for a larger market share, or a business in a complementary area), and to buy his own warehouse. Industry wise James doesn’t seem much changing, however in 10 years maybe autonomous trucks and AI moving robots. Outside of the industry James has a really good work life balance and enjoys a beer with his mates, a wine with his wife, and he also endures fitness challenges. And as always, we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story regarding every mover’s necessity for the job, a cuppa. Enjoy! Links to Chelmsford Removals: * Website (https://www.chelmsfordremovals.co.uk) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/chelmsford.removals) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/Chelmsremovals) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/chelmsfordremovals/) * YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT-bnZxeRcNhnqxTqhrp4w) Special Guest: James Tutton.

Duration:00:31:14

Episode 78: Moving Matters with Nancy Zafrani of Oz Moving

2/8/2024
In this episode, Nancy Zafrani, General Manager of Oz Moving discusses how she began in the industry directly from school 32 years ago (31 with Oz Moving), cold calling companies from the phone book! Oz Moving, who have the greatest strapline of “The Wizard of Moving” was started in 1993 by Avi Oz in New York, and today consist of 4 branches. Oz Moving provides the standard removal services, and have a 185,000 sqft storage facility in Yonkers, as well as other storage facilities. Oz Moving have approximately 40 trucks and 170 movers within the operation. Oz Moving have recently merged with a boutique moving company called Movage who offered international moving services, something Oz Moving look to expand. Being in a male dominated industry Nancy has always had a really strong group that she works with and has always had an equal say as anyone else, but one challenge of being within the industry is moving itself as it’s often so very personal depending on circumstances. The one thing Nancy would like to change from her moving past is to have invested in cameras in and on the trucks sooner, which Nancy states was a complete game changer for Oz Moving. Nancy has two highpoints of being within the industry, her first is being part of bigger charitable projects and thus providing transport and storage, her second being within Oz Moving and helping it grow over the past 30 years to the well-known and reputable company it is today. The one thing Nancy would like to change within the industry is to have more and more moving companies doing things the right way as there is often a lot of dishonesty being that it’s an easy industry to get into and no personal accountability to the owner of the company. Nancy discusses how influencers are both helping and hindering the sales process of a moving company, and the challenges encountered when moving people in New York itself. The advice Nancy would give herself just starting out within the industry again is that every experience is a learning experience. In the next 5 years Nancy still sees herself at Oz Moving, expanding with branches in Texas and Florida, and growing the international side. Industry wise, Nancy is excited for self-driving trucks. Outside of the industry Nancy loves to travel, spending time with friends and family, and being pulled through Central Park by her 3-year-old rescue dog. And as always, we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, in fact two, one regarding a lost cat and the other her own move. Enjoy! Links to Oz Moving: * Website (https://www.ozmoving.com/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ozmoving) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/ozmovingnyc) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ozmovingnyc/) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/company/oz-moving-&-storage-inc-/) Special Guest: Nancy Zafrani.

Duration:00:40:09

Episode 77: Moving Matters with Chris Waymouth

1/25/2024
In this episode Chris Waymouth, an industry veteran (and one of the industry’s Mr Nice guy’s), discusses how he began in the industry back in 1969 at Walkers of Northampton, even though Chris was born into a family of teachers. At Walkers of Northampton Chris undertook a variety of roles within the business that gave him the grounding to pursue a career in management. In 1973 Chris took up a role within Amertrans where he honed his skills in export, shipping and forwarding, before joining Navtrans (North American Vanlines) in 1978, where he diversified the business into electronics stockholding & distribution, and airfreight (via the purchase of a company). In the late 1980’s Chris joined TransEuro (after a call from the late Paul Evans), where he remained for 12 years until the takeover with Amertrans, where TransEuro became TEAM Relocations. Chris then joined forces with Robby Wogan at MoveAssist to project manage OMNI Connect. After a telephone call from David Trenchard at QSS (Quality Service Standards) Chris took up a role to head the company, where he remained for 14 years. Today Chris is still involved within the industry, maintaining the development of the BAR database (BITS), as a BSI (British Standards Institute) Committee Chairman where he has been reworking the BSEN12522 (for the past 2/2.5 years) which will hopefully be released early this year, and being a keen photographer Chris can be found snapping away at BAR Conference. One of Chris’s challenges, personally, was self-confidence in his early days. In business, it was dealing with the less ethical side. Chris would change very little, if anything, from his moving past. Chris has loved being within the industry and has many highpoints, TransEuro undoubtedly being one where he led the building of the automated firesafe warehouse which opened in 1997 at a cost of £14m. Another was a flight on Concorde, thanks to the 4 guys that ran the airfreight business which was purchased during his time at Navtrans. The one thing Chris would like to change within the industry is more women involved in the frontline, such as the packing. The advice Chris would give himself just starting out within the industry again is honesty, fairness, and getting that grounding of what actually happens on the front line, getting to understand the grass roots of the business. In the next 5 years Chris still hopes to be clicking the shutter at BAR Conference and maintaining BITS for the BAR over the next couple of years. Industry wise, Chris believes electronics will play an even greater role, maybe not AI however, but Chris isn’t convinced by virtual surveys. Outside of the industry Chris runs a community cinema, has had a lifelong interest in photography, is a petrolhead with an interest in cars, follows motorsport quite seriously, and sailing, but in more recent years narrow boating. And as always, we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, in fact two, one regarding Chris’s job interview at Walkers of Northampton and the other regarding his moustache. Enjoy! Special Guest: Chris Waymouth.

Duration:00:59:53

Episode 76: Moving Matters with David Ozard of John Mason International Movers

1/11/2024
In this episode David Ozard, General Manager of John Mason International Movers discusses how he began in the industry some 50 years ago, and believes he’s only spent 2 weeks working outside of the industry! David started life as a remover in his father’s company based in Rochdale and has spent the past 31 years at John Mason International Movers. John Mason International Movers are based in Liverpool but do have a Southern operation in Hemel Hempstead. They are one of the largest shippers ex-UK Worldwide, and only offer international moving (deep sea and airfreight) and storage, working with partner agents from all over the world. One of David’s challenges is that he comes from Bolton, but joking aside, it’s the work ethic and enjoyment of working within the industry that can clearly bring the personal rewards. The one thing David would change from his moving past would have been to move off the vans and into management sooner to protect his health and body. David has two highpoints of being within the industry, becoming General Manager of John Mason International Movers which came to David as a shock, and becoming Chairman of the MTC (Movers Trading Club). The one thing David would like to change within the industry is the Ombudsman, which David believes is setup wrong as it’s sometimes used as a blackmail for clients to use against the remover. The advice David would give himself, just starting out within the industry again, is to work hard, play hard, and to stay in the best hotels! In the next 5 years David dreams of retirement, but realistically he enjoys work too much (even though he keeps checking his pension), so he still sees himself at John Mason International Movers. Industry wise David doesn’t know what the next 5 years holds as he believes it changes so much with challenge after challenge. Outside of the industry David enjoys sport, watching more than playing (especially football at grassroots level) but he did pay Rugby Union in his younger days. David also enjoys reading, walking (due to his new hips!) and watching foreign subtitled TV. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, in fact two, one regarding falling asleep in a moving van, and the other regarding the use of a client’s clothing. Enjoy! Links to John Mason International Movers: * Website (https://www.johnmason.com/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/johnmasonintl) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/johnmasoninternational) * Instagram (https://instagram.com/johnmasonintl) Special Guest: David Ozard.

Duration:00:59:21

Episode 75: Moving Matters with Robert Cooper of Purdie Worldwide Removals & Storage

9/28/2023
In this episode Robert Cooper, General Manager of Purdie Worldwide Removals & Storage discusses how he got involved within the industry 8 years ago after a phone call from his childhood best friend Neil (Purdie) who was looking for someone to take over his role, someone he could not only trust but someone who knew the family and the dedication they put into the business – there was no mention of knowing the moving industry! Prior to joining Purdie Worldwide Robert worked for a Government Agency, HMRC, where he spent 11 years, starting in the call centre before working his way up to Operations Manager in charge of 500 people. To recap from Neil’s episode (https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/47), Purdie Worldwide provide domestic, commercial, and overseas moving, containerised storage (in approximately 1,500 containers) and self-storage. And to compliment the moving side there is also Purdie Property Maintenance. Robert faces challenges every day, but his biggest personal challenge was the attitude of people towards him at the very start, where he was just seen as Neil’s friend. Another challenge has been family life and adapting to the non 9-5 working hours often found within the industry. Robert wouldn’t change a thing from his 8 years of being within the industry, because he has learned something every day, no matter how big or small, and continues to do so. Robert has a few highpoints of being within the industry, being tasked with the relocation of a school after only being in the industry for 3 years, being involved in the Giraffe About Town (https://www.purdieworldwide.co.uk/2022/07/13/giraffe-about-town-logistics1/) & Oor Wullies (https://www.purdieworldwide.co.uk/2019/09/24/moving-oor-wullie/) projects, being the current Chairman of the Scottish Area of the BAR, and representing the Scottish Area on the BAR’s National Council. The one thing Robert would like to change within the industry is to have it viewed as a trade, and joking aside Robert would like the customer to haggle with the solicitors rather than the movers! The advice Robert would give himself just starting out within the industry again is don’t be scared to try something, and to apologise when the need arises. In the next 5 years Robert see’s himself exactly where he is today, however, he would like to become a director of the company, hold the Operator’s Licence, and allow Archie (Neil’s father) to retire. Industry wise, Robert doesn’t think anything specific will change in the next 5 years but does see the guys working shorter days as removals will be prolonged. Robert is interested in electric vehicles and the role they could potentially play within the industry, but sees this as 10-15 years down the road. Outside of the industry Robert enjoys walking with his miniature schnauzer, music, festivals, and very recently took part in the 26.2 mile Mighty Hike (https://www.purdieworldwide.co.uk/2023/09/11/our-mighty-hike-2023/) with 4 others from Purdie Worldwide, where they raised £2,330 for Macmillan Cancer Support (a tremendous achievement by all involved). And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, two in fact, one regarding a small move and the other regarding the recent BAR Conference in Brighton. Enjoy! Links to Purdie Worldwide Removals & Storage: * Website (https://www.purdieworldwide.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PurdieWorldwideLtd) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/PurdieWorldwide) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/purdieworldwide/) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/company/purdie-worldwide) Special Guest: Robert Cooper.

Duration:01:00:57

Episode 74: Moving Matters with David Cran of MintBox Removals

9/14/2023
In this episode David Cran, Managing Director of MintBox Removals discusses how he got involved within the industry only 5 years ago, but the seed of being a remover was potentially sowed much earlier on in life. David’s life as a remover didn’t start according to plan, a night out on the town ended early after an accident with a taxi, which resulted in David being hospitalised and on crutches for several weeks! MintBox Removals is based in Edinburgh and provides predominantly domestic removals, packing and storage services (mostly via third party storage companies), running 3 x Luton Vans and 1 x HGV (recently purchased from Richard Webster at Tonks - Listen to Richard's episode here (https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/21)). David’s challenges have been, his personal accident at the start of his removal life, Covid and the stamp duty holiday, and growing the business. The one thing David would change from his relatively short time in the moving industry is to have spent a couple of years gaining experience while working for a large Edinburgh based mover. David’s highpoints of being within the industry are, moving several Aberdeen FC footballers, being involved with the Ireland RFU during the Six Nations, being the ‘kitman’s assistant’ as David puts it, and purchasing the HGV. David wouldn’t change a great deal overall within the industry but would like to see the conveyancing system making use of Proptech (property technology). The advice David would give himself just starting out within the industry again, apart from look right and left when crossing the road, would be connecting, and communicating with other movers earlier, and to enjoy the process. In the next 5 years David would like to go down the route of palletised storage, an industrial warehouse to operate from and an additional HGV. Industry wise, David see’s more use of the demountable body system, ran by several companies currently. Outside of the industry David enjoys family time with his two children, and gardening, in which David has developed a passion for lawn care! And as always we end Moving Matters with four, yes four funny moving stories, an April Fool’s prank, a famous Irish Comedian, an attic incident, and the CEO of Hibernian FC. Enjoy! Links to MintBox Removals: * Website (https://www.mintboxremovals.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mintboxremovals) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mintboxremovals/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/mintboxremovals) Special Guest: David Cran.

Duration:01:10:09

Episode 73: Moving Matters with Matt Faizey of M&G Movers & Storers

8/10/2023
In this episode a very fired up Matt Faizey, Managing Director of M&G Movers & Storers, continues what started as a pre-recording discussion on the so called 3.5 tonne brigade, where Matt makes his views on the subject very clear indeed. Matt began in the industry delivering mahogany and new furniture on Saturday mornings from the tender age of 14 (circa 1993), for his father’s sideline, although Matt’s target in life was to become a barrister or journalist. M&G Movers & Storers are based in the Midlands and turnover between £1-1.3m a year, £400k of that being from storage and the rest from domestic moving. M&G Movers & Storers USP is that they do not subcontract any work whatsoever, interact with other firms, or bring in any outsiders, and no employee is on less than a full 40-hour week annual basis. Matt was previously heavily involved within the industry, but has been rather quiet in recent years, and explains why. Matt has had several challenges, many of which were personal, and family rated, but still concerned the business, and is very lucky to have the support of his extremely suffering other half Donna. Jokingly the one thing Matt would change from his moving past is to have never done it in the first place, however, if he hadn’t had then he probably wouldn’t had met Donna, his now wife. On a more serious note, Matt would have liked to have got a better education of the industry sooner. Matt’s highpoint of being within the industry is his wife staying with him! Again, on a more serious note it’s the privilege that he has had to experience all ends of the industry, and also watching people develop skills in an industry that most people regard as unskilled and uneducated, and become a professional removalist. Another highlight is the money! The one thing Matt would like to change within the industry is to bring the entire industry together and have one collective voice, which can then be used to be heard, in which Matt makes a strong case for, and for those within the industry to get educated and learn the system in which you operate within. The advice Matt would give himself just starting out within the industry again is, apart from keeping his mouth shut, to understand the gravity of what you are getting into. In the next 5 years Matt hopes to have caught up with growing the revenue of the company that he should have done in the past 5 years or have left the industry. Industry wise, what happens with the efforts of a mandated key release time and/or atomic settlement and how the industry reacts to it, and also what happens next economically. Outside of the industry Matt enjoys motor racing in which he participates, time with his wife and children (which should have come first, but Matt has petrol flowing through his veins!) and reading. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story regarding a survey, and Matt provides an interesting story about witness relocation. Enjoy! Links to M&G Movers & Storers: * Website (https://www.moversandstorers.co.uk/) Special Guest: Matt Faizey.

Duration:01:34:00

Episode 72: Moving Matters with Adam Chudley of B K Moving & Storage Group

7/27/2023
In this episode Adam Chudley, Director of B K Moving & Storage Group discusses how he got involved within the industry about 20 years ago, although he feels he was born into the industry as he is the son of Mark Chudley (episode 23 (https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/23)) and grandson of Derek Blatchford. B K Moving & Storage Group are based in Exeter and trade under the names of Blatchford’s International, King & Kearey and Westcountry Removals. Blatchford’s was started by Adam’s great grandfather Walter Blatchford in the 1930’s, making Adam a fourth-generation remover! B K Moving offer local and national removals, some commercial and specialise in International, but not so much European due to changes in recent years. They have a 13,000 sqft containerised warehouse, and currently run 3 trucks and 1 van, employ 5 with a crew of 3. Adam’s challenges have been related to family businesses, starting with working within the family business (Chudley Moving & Shipping), then leaving the industry for a few years in an emergency, which was unplanned and happened overnight, to help with another family business, and finally returning to the industry in his current role within another family business. Adam doesn’t believe in changes from his past, but more what lessons has he learned, ‘bend from the knees’ being one! However, Adam is sad that his time out of the industry coincided with Mark’s (Dad) BAR Presidency. Adam’s personal highpoint of being within the industry was his last BAR Conference in Bournemouth, which not only did he attend with his father and grandfather, but also gave a presentation on the BAR Young Movers Group, which he was involved in at the time. After hearing several previous podcast episodes regarding regulating the 3.5 tonne brigade, Adam would controversially not like to have additional regulation in place but would rather push DVSA to use the laws already in place. However, he would like to change the key handover and the way the industry is treated by the Estate Agent/Solicitor, and encourages every mover to not only have a strict waiting time charge policy but to enforce it too. The advice Adam would give himself (or gave himself recently) just starting out within the industry again is to network – as an industry we are very friendly and are prepared to share a lot of information. In the next 5 years Adam will transition more into working on his own as David (Adam’s business partner) will be looking at retirement. Industry wise, Adam doesn’t see any huge changes, apart from truck and van technology that will be enforced upon us, but he does believe we have an interesting couple of years ahead due to the current economic climate. Adam’s current situation does allow him to have a good work/life balance, so, outside of the industry he is a football fan (a season ticket holder at Bristol City FC), enjoys family time with his wife and 2 daughters and has a passion for the theatre and amateur dramatics. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a previous podcast guest, Mr Neil Purdie (episode 47 (https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/47)) himself. Enjoy! Links to BK Moving & Storage Group: * Blatchford's Website (https://www.blatchfordsint.co.uk) * King & Kearey Website (https://www.kingandkearey.co.uk/) * King & Kearey Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kingandkearey/) * Westcountry Removals Website (https://www.westcountryremovals.co.uk/) Special Guest: Adam Chudley.

Duration:00:50:45

Episode 71: Moving Matters with Edward Kessell of Martell's of Sutton

7/13/2023
In this episode Edward Kessel, Removals Manager of Martell’s of Sutton discusses how he got involved within the industry, probably like many, working as a porter during the summer holidays from his A levels, and has completed over 25 years’ service, all for Martell’s. Martell’s are a family owned and run company, and have been trading mainly in retail since 1917, starting as a pram and bedstead shop in the Elephant & Castle, London. Martell’s have a department store in East Grinstead, own several properties which they rent within the private sector, and commercial premises for storage and office space. On the moving side they cover all of the usual removal services, running a mixed fleet of 6 vehicles, employing 15 fulltime staff and offer self-storage as well as containerised storage (using the 250 cuft steel containers). One of Ed’s biggest challenges is staff, not only finding new staff but also current staff are less inclined to want to spend days and nights away from homes, and some are not even interested in overtime. Ed has even had to incentivise bonus schemes for some of the staff to do nights away. Ed doesn’t have anything major that he would change from his moving past, although he has learned some hard lessons along the way. Ed’s highpoints of being within the industry are; professionally, being the Chairman of the BAR National Group Council, which gives Ed a seat on the BAR Board, and personally, the jobs Ed has quoted and moved, one in particular to the Cayman Islands. Ed would like to change a couple of things within the industry, one being more regulation for the 3.5 tonne sector and the other being the house purchase process, two controversial topics indeed! The advice Ed would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to embrace every opportunity presented. In the next 5 years Ed hopes to still be at Martell’s looking after operations, and to still be involved with the BAR. Industry wise, the electric vehicle rollout is coming but Ed doesn’t think as an industry (and as a nation) we are ready for it. Outside of the industry Ed likes to travel, spend quality time with the family, cooking and enjoys go-karting. And as always we end Moving Matters with not one but three funny moving stories; a move to Portugal with Ed’s now wife, a TV cameo debut, and a bit of removal banter. Enjoy! Links to Martells: * Website (https://www.martellsremovals.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Martells.Removals.Storage/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/MartellStorage) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/Martells2020/) Special Guest: Edward Kessell.

Duration:00:40:37

Episode 70: Moving Matters with Dan Braddock of GB Liners

6/22/2023
In this episode, former guest Dan Braddock, Branch Manager of GB Liners, reminds us how he began within the industry some 18 years ago, working for the family business before joining GB Liners where he has spent the last 14 years. GB Liners have 11 branches, run approximately 100 vehicles, employ in-excess of 250, and offer self-storage, containerised storage, document storage, and provide local, nationwide, European, and international removals for the domestic and corporate markets – and this year celebrate 100 years since the start of the family business. One of Dan’s biggest challenges was when Sophie, Dan’s wife, was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2013, at a time where Dan was given an opportunity to move from the vans to the estimating and sales side of the business, and Dan will always be grateful to GB Liners for their continued support during Sophie’s treatment. The one thing Dan would change from his moving past is to ask more questions, question a lot more things, and not to be so worried about the unknown. Dan has had several highpoints of being within the industry so far, the development he’s had within GB Liners and the industry and what he’s achieved, becoming part of the BAR Young Movers Group, and being elected as the youngest DED (Directly Elected Director) of BAR, which we discuss in more detail. The one thing Dan would like to change within the industry is have a mentorship program. The advice Dan would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to listen to the advice and the criticism, to never stop learning, and getting the balance right. Dan is very happy with what he is doing at the moment but feels that he should probably get his head up (rather than down) and answer that question for himself, so we will just have to see how the next 5 years pans out for Dan. Industry wise, Dan does see a change in trucks, but maybe hydrogen over electric? We discuss getting new blood into the industry and Dan asks the question of whether it’s more of an issue retaining rather than getting new blood? Outside of the industry Dan is ruled by his children, he enjoys being busy with family life, and loves to get away when the opportunity arises. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a Friday night in Cologne. Enjoy! Links to GB Liners: * Website (https://www.gbliners.com/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gblinersltd/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/gbliners) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/gbliners/) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/company/gb-liners-ltd) Special Guest: Daniel Braddock.

Duration:00:41:37

Episode 69: Moving Matters with Derek Milner of Intransit Removals & Storage

6/8/2023
In this episode, Derek Milner, Managing Director of Intransit Removals & Storage, discusses how he began within the industry in 1997 as a part time venture, selling his car to buy a transit van, and having no background in removals and storage at all. Derek maintains that having a side line to removals, such shop deliveries, is a necessity to help with the quiet times within the moving industry. In 2015/16 Derek was running 15 vehicles and an average of 22 staff, today, Intransit Removals & Storage run 10 vehicles (5 x vans, 1 x 7.5 tonne, 2 x 12 tonne, 2 x 18 tonne), with a crew of 7, and are primarily domestic removers and storers, offering mainly containerised storage (approximately 130) but they do have shipping containers too. One of Derek’s biggest business challenges was being taken to court by a trade association in 2014, which Derek and his legal team (Backhouse Jones) won. However, Derek’s biggest personal challenge was to come shortly after this on April 6th (2014), a motocross accident, where Derek was revived twice, and not only did he break his spine but suffered brain damage too! – Derek was given a 10% chance of walking and only a 3% chance of survival! Derek wouldn’t change anything from his moving past as he’s quite pleased and proud with what he’s achieved. Derek’s highpoint of being within the industry is the current staff and vehicles that he has, and a ‘reasonable’ highpoint was being accepted into the British Association of Removers and is a regular attendee of the Western Area meetings. The one thing Derek would like to change within the industry is how everything is current so last minute and would like customers to contact removers well in advance of their actual removal day. Apart from don’t, the advice Derek would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to not give up, as it's not just about moving the contents of someone’s home. In the next 5 years Derek believes the industry will continue to be a struggle for another 12 months yet, but then it will kick back in. Outside of the industry, despite being a workaholic and since his horrific accident, Derek has undertaken a healthy lifestyle and become a gym freak, attending the gym 3-4 times a week. He also enjoys watching motorsport on TV and spending time with his family. And sadly, we don’t end Moving Matters with a funny moving story as Derek didn’t have one to tell. Enjoy! Links to Intransit Removals & Storage: * Website (https://wiltshireremovals.com/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/IntransitRemovalsStorage) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/intransit1997/) Special Guest: Derek Milner.

Duration:01:02:06

Episode 68: Moving Matters with Rod Hepworth of It's Your Move Ilkley

5/25/2023
In this episode, Rod Hepworth, Director of It’s Your Move Ilkley, discusses how he began within the industry 23 years ago at the ripe old age of 40, after a life of many careers including a Cow Inseminator and a Professional DJ! Rod founded It’s Your Move Ilkley in 2007, which provides mainly domestic moving, storage and packing services, local and national (although they do International too using forwarding agents), running 2 HGV’s, 4 low loaders, a panel van, and 7 members of staff. It’s Your Move Ilkley have been members of Move Assured for the last 3 years but is hoping to join the British Association of Removers imminently. Rod’s biggest challenges were learning to grow the business and become a professional company, and becoming VAT registered (in 2013) where he had to compete with local non-VAT registered movers. The one thing Rod would like to change from his moving past is to learn the industry quicker. Rod hopes his highpoint of being within the industry is still to come (even at the age of 63!) but believes joining the BAR will be one. Covid, or rather the Stamp Duty Holiday was a highpoint (the golden age of removals). The one thing Rod would like to change within the industry is the conveyancing system which Rod says is outdated and disjointed. Rod would also like to see the VAT threshold lowered. The advice Rod would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to do it 20 years earlier! In the next 5 years Rod hopes to be doing a little bit less, delegating a little bit more, and It’s Your Move Ilkley to continue being successful. Industry wise Rod sees no major changes, he doesn’t believe in legislation for the 3.5 tonners, or that electric vehicles will make too much of an impact. Outside of the industry Rod follows football, sponsoring his local team Guiseley, but his passion lies with Manchester United. Rod also loves traveling, music and attending concerts, Rod is a big Bruce Springsteen fan! And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding Mrs Mad. Enjoy! Links to It's Your Move Ilkley: * Website (https://www.itsyourmoveremovals-ilkley.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Itsyourmoveyorkshire) Special Guest: Rod Hepworth.

Duration:00:40:30

Episode 67: Moving Matters with Martin Budd of Pickfords

5/11/2023
In this episode, Martin Budd, Sales Director & Brand Ambassador of Pickfords, discusses how he began within the industry, firstly within records management in 2001 with Hays, before joining Sirva (Pickfords) in 2003 for 3 years followed by Crown, and then PHS Data Solutions. And in 2016, Martin was invited to re-join Pickfords where he remains to this day. Martin discusses what a Brand Ambassador is, it’s not just your logo, it’s what you do and the way you do things. Pickfords is the de facto brand recognition of the industry (for those 35 and older, states Martin), and they move anything, anywhere, anytime. Pickfords have approximately 50 branches (46 warehouse units) throughout the UK, where they took on an additional 15 branches/warehouse units last year and are looking to put more dots on the map as they return (once again) to the local markets, where back in the hay day Pickfords had approximately 175 locations within the UK with a fleet of 6-700 vehicles! Martin is the current Chairman of the BAR Commercial Moving Group (which has 50 members). However, his tenure finishes in May when Robert Poyner of Crown Workspace takes over the role. Martin’s biggest challenge is working within an industry that is very tyre kicking focused, but also managing the relationship between the technical and sales parts, as Martin likes to look at things from the customers perspective. A challenge for Pickfords is that it has an aging workforce, but they do run a pro-active apprenticeship program for a variety of roles within the business. Martin wouldn’t change anything from his moving past as he feels incredibly lucky to have joined Pickfords at a time (2003-2006) where he was able to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible from some great people working there. Martin’s highpoint of being within the industry was winning the contract to move NATO’s headquarters in Brussels in 2016/17, where 2/2.5 years was spent on the project management alone, and the physical move consisted of 4,200 staff, 19km of secret archives, 200 safes and 2,700 crate movements, into a building of 254,000 square metres! Martin even convinced NATO to make a film of the entire moving process, something you can see yourself on the Pickfords TV YouTube channel here (https://youtu.be/rvls3XRoL_Q). The one thing Martin would like to change within the industry is how customers try to commoditise our industry, by doing a group walk around on commercial moves. The advice Martin would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to soak up as much knowledge and experience as you can. In the next 5 years Martin hopes to still be at Pickfords doing what he does today as he absolutely loves it. Industry wise, he does see people moving back to working in office environments again, albeit different to pre-pandemic days, and the man and van industry scares Martin where the consumer does not see the value or expertise of getting a professional mover. Outside of the industry Martin loves great food, great drink, travelling, meeting people, and loves to live life. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a defibrillator. Enjoy! Links to Pickfords: * Website (https://www.pickfords.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pickfords) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/pickfords) * Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pickfordsmoving) * YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/PickfordsTV) Special Guest: Martin Budd.

Duration:00:47:21

Episode 66: Moving Matters with Paul Taylor of White Rose Removals

4/27/2023
In this episode, Paul Taylor, Managing Director of White Rose Removals, discusses how he began within the industry working for removal companies in West Yorkshire before setting up his own company 12 years ago. Today, White Rose Removals are based in Leeds and share office and warehouse space with GB Liners. White Rose Removals primarily undertake domestic moving and packing services as well as storage, and commercial relocations (passing European and International work to GB Liners), running 3 x HVG (soon to be 4), 5 x 3.5 tonne (including Paul’s battered old sprinter!) and have a manual labour force of 6-7 full timers and several self-employed. Paul see’s every day as a challenge, but his main one was the teething pains of growing a business. The one thing Paul would like to change from his moving past is getting his pricing right, which he should have done years ago by having confidence not only in himself but his business too. Paul has two highpoints of being within the industry, firstly becoming a member of the BAR (British Association of Removers), and secondly the recent stamp duty holiday. Paul also claims another highpoint is every time he gets a new truck, which he names after a woman in his life, although the sprinter remains unnamed! The one thing Paul would like to change within the industry is to legislate it, making it more professional and therefore giving it more respect. The advice Paul would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to professionalise everything from the start, and to not be afraid to charge more money. In the next 5 years Paul hopes to expand the business further, but he would also like to address his and Hannah’s (wife) work life balance, taking more of a backseat within the business. Industry wise Paul believes it will be very similar to what it is today and remain very cutthroat. Outside of the industry Paul is a massive Leeds United Football fan, something his dad introduced him to as a child, and is a home and away season ticket holder. Paul (and Hannah) loves a trip to Tenerife (every 2-3 months), and spending time with his wife and children. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding an email of complaint. Enjoy! Links to White Rose Removals: * Website (https://whiteroseremovals.com/) * Facebook (https://facebook.com/whiteroseremovals) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/MoversWhiteRose) Special Guest: Paul Taylor.

Duration:00:50:02

Episode 65: Moving Matters with Retired Remover Phil Hambleton

4/13/2023
In this episode, Phil Hambleton, who has just retired, discusses how he got involved within the industry in 1984, when he and his parents decided to buy a small removal company and rebrand it as Hambleton’s. After building up Hambleton’s, Phil’s parents decided to retire in 2002, and Phil consequently sold Hambleton’s in 2004 to North West Removals after it became too much for Phil (as one person) to run. At the time of selling Hambleton’s ran 6 trucks and housed approximately 500 containers in a 10,000 sqft warehouse. Since selling Hambleton’s Phil has remained within the moving industry, where he has worked for Pickfords (for a 12-month period, under incoming BAR President Mike Andrews), Anglo Pacific (for 7 years, until he was made redundant) and finally GB Liners, where he has spent his past 12 years, before retiring at the end of February 2023. Phil has overcome several challenges during his time within the industry, transitioning from owner to employee being one, staff was another (from the point of view of questioning his industry experience and background), and learning new IT systems within each employer. The one thing Phil would change from his moving past is selling Hambleton’s, where a last minute change of circumstances meant he could have continued running the business. Phil has a couple of highpoints of being within the industry, the first is being awarded the Michael Gerson Medal for the best essay in the BAR Higher Certificate of Removals Management, and the second being the recognition of industry peer Robert Bartup after being asked to take on 2 of the GB Liner branches. The one thing Phil would like to change within the industry is completion times, citing there needs to be time between exchange and completion to allow people to arrange their removals. The advice Phil would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to seek out experienced people and pick their brains, and to join an association, such as the BAR. In the next 5 years Phil doesn’t see much change within the industry, although he does see technology playing a bigger role. Phil doesn’t see electric trucks playing a major role within the industry due to their restrictions on distance, but he does see them playing more of a local role. Outside of the industry Phil enjoys walking, he’s massively into sports, enjoys dining out and he’s joined a gym (but doesn’t go a lot). And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a survey that ended up in the master bedroom, only to discover another room. Enjoy! Special Guest: Phil Hambleton.

Duration:00:47:38

Episode 64: Moving Matters with Rob Hindmarsh of Knaresborough Movers Ltd

3/23/2023
In this episode Rob Hindmarsh, Managing Director of Knaresborough Movers, discusses how he got involved within the industry 30 years ago at the tender age of 15, working for a local removal company during weekends and school holidays. The day Rob left school he started full time employment with K.W. Removals in Ripon (sadly no longer trading), where he worked for 13 years, starting as a porter, then as a 7.5 tonne driver once he had past his test at the age of 17, and moving onto HGV’s at 21. Rob also covered the sales and warehouse side while his boss was away. Today Rob owns Knaresborough Movers, offering local and nationwide removals, containerised storage, trade assistance, and is a member of Move Assured. Rob runs 2 vehicles (but is currently looking to add a 5 container HGV) and has a full-time crew of 3, and a part-time crew member. Rob’s biggest challenge was building up the business and taking the step to obtaining his operator licence, moving from luton vans to HGV, and I ask if it was worth it? Another challenge (today) is staffing, finding youngsters that have an interest and a passion for the industry as a whole. Rob wouldn’t change anything from his moving past, he has enjoyed every minute and everything he has ever done in removals. Rob’s highpoint is starting his own company within the industry, which he has built upon reputation, word of mouth and customer reviews. The one thing Rob would like to change within the industry is to have it seen as a profession, but he also has a real passion to get youngsters (school leavers) into the industry, even at a work experience and apprenticeship level. The advice Rob would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to go for it and don’t look back, it’s the best thing he’s ever done, and he will always be grateful to his boss for the opportunity. In the next 5 years Rob would like to grow the business, and he would like his son to come onboard too. Industry wise, Rob hopes the industry can encourage more youngsters to join. Outside of the industry Rob participates in sidecar racing (having previously participating in autograss racing in cars for many years) and he has a 2006 Subaru Impreza that he takes to car shows. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, two in fact, and both are of a sexual nature! Enjoy! Links to Knaresborough Movers Ltd: Website (https://knaresboroughmovers.co.uk/) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/people/Knaresborough-Movers-Ltd/100063480015940/) Special Guest: Rob Hindmarsh.

Duration:00:36:47

Episode 63: Moving Matters with Josh Pask of Pask's Removals

3/9/2023
In this episode Josh Pask, Managing Director of Pask’s Removals, discusses how he got involved in the industry only 2 years ago during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Josh is a professional football player and after a transfer from West Ham United to Coventry City he suffered ligament damage to one of his ankles at the start of the football season. Once back to playing midway through the season the pandemic hit, and realising the career of a professional footballer is so short Josh set about thinking of ideas of way to provide long term financial sustainability for his family. Josh kept remembering how a local man and van service made good money from his move from London to Coventry, and so the idea of being in Removals was born. Pask’s Removals opened for business in November 2020, and are a London based company providing domestic and commercial moves, a full packing service, storage (containerised through a third party), and they have also provided a couple of European moves. Pask’s Removals run 4 vehicles (loloaders) and have a team of 7 guys that carry out the moves and a team of 3 ladies that provide the packing service. Josh’s biggest challenge was ignorance and therefore learning something new, but he is grateful for the advice given by fellow movers (some of whom have been previous podcast guests!). Another challenge is running the business from Coventry when it operates from London, but systematising processes through the use of IT has helped massively. Josh wouldn’t change anything from his moving past, he is very happy with where Pask’s Removals are currently, however, he is constantly changing, evolving, and refining everything as he goes. Josh has two highpoints of being within the industry, the first being the two overseas moves (for two fellow professional footballers), and more importantly, the second providing jobs for people. Josh believes there are many things that need improving within the industry but the one thing he would like to change is the perception and education of moving as a whole, something Josh is trying to do using the company’s social media platforms. The advice Josh would give himself just starting out in the industry again is encouragement (no fear, no anxiety, no worry), learning from every mistake made along the way. In the next 5 years Josh has no idea where he will be, 5 years ago he never thought he would be in the moving industry in the first place. Industry wise, new technology especially in the form of AI (artificial intelligence) have and will continue to make significant roles in the moving industry. Outside of the industry Josh doesn’t really switch off, he is still currently playing professional football (for The New Saints F.C. in the Cymru Premier), he is part of a football and faith charity, he enjoys golf in the summer months, but he does make a conscious effort to find time for loved ones (family and friends). And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story regarding a mix-up in delivery addresses. Enjoy! Links to Pask's Removals: * Website (https://www.pasksremovals.com/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/pasksremovals) * Facebook (https://facebook.com/pasksremovals) * Instagram (https://instagram.com/pasksremovals) * YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4q8s14VmtA_U7Fy-l5WzCQ) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/company/pasksremovals/) Special Guest: Josh Pask.

Duration:00:30:29

Episode 62: Moving Matters with Andrew White of Dream Move Relocation

2/23/2023
In this episode Andrew White, Managing Director of Dream Move Relocation, discusses how he got involved in working with movers some 15 years ago, helping with the relocation of employees, individuals, families, and pets. Dream Move Relocation is based in the North West, but can operate nationwide, and assist with the finding of properties for people relocating to the UK, including helping with setting the property up, legals, schooling, social activities, banking, and much, much more! Andrews’s challenges, especially early on was starting his own business, with the mindset of going from an employee to an employer and the mental pressure involved. Covid was another challenge for Andrew with no one able or even wanting to relocate, and today's challenge is a lack of available properties. The one thing Andrew would like to change from his moving, or rather relocation past is the timeline and bringing it into modern times and streamlining the process. Andrew’s highpoint of being within the industry is the personal aspect. The one thing Andrew would like to change within the industry is the timeline, and Andrew believes he could work better with the moving industry by being an add-on service which could streamline the moving process. The advice Andrew would give himself just starting out again is to be more humanistic and not to treat people as numbers. In the next 5 years Andrew would like an element of growth but also keeping the service provided very personal, and utilising technology even more. Industry wise, it will be a tougher market with less choice of properties. Outside of the industry Andrew enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, football and time in the Peak District with his wife and 2 children. And as always we end Moving Matters with a quaint moving story of friendship. Enjoy! Links to Dream Move Relocation: * Website (https://www.dreammoverelocation.com/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/dreammove) * Facebook (https://facebook.com/DreamMoveRelocation) * Instagram (https://instagram.com/manchesterpropertyfinder) * YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX-GzQDEeTPgzcWHhjAG3sA) Special Guest: Andrew White.

Duration:00:33:29

Episode 61: Moving Matters with Craig Atkinson of Craig Atkinson Removals

2/9/2023
In this episode Craig Atkinson, Director of Craig Atkinson Removals, discusses how he returned to the industry 5 years ago after a decent break, but started within the industry at the tender age of 16. Today, Craig Atkinson Removals is a relatively small company based in Burnley, Lancashire, that only undertake domestic moves and packing services. Craig has a team of 6 and runs 3 vehicles, hiring more when required. We discover where Tommy Turbo came from, a mascot created from one of Craig’s brainwaves! Craig hasn’t actually had any direct challenges, but one Craig has found hard is himself, getting out of his own comfort zone. The one thing Craig would change from his moving past is to learn to delegate more. Craig’s highpoint of being in the industry is seeing his name on the van for the first time, but also starting his own business. The one thing Craig would like to change within the industry is how movers are perceived by those within the industry, especially how some of the bigger movers look down on the smaller ones. Craig would like the knowledge within the industry to be passed down more than it currently is, and for movers to be more honest, open and transparent, especially within the numerous groups/forums that exist online today. The advice Craig would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to learn what you can as early as possible, speaking to as many people as you can already within the industry or other start-ups from other industries. Also, start as you mean to go on, be professional right from the outset. In the next 5 years Craig does think Craig Atkinson Removals will have a truck on the road, maybe a couple more vans, and a warehouse/unit for storage. Personally, Craig hope to keep improving as he himself is big into self-development. Industry wise, Craig sees it remaining the same, unless robots can move stuff in and out of the vans but does see 3D printing possibly changing things where people can print their own effects rather than have them moved! Outside of the industry Craig doesn’t really switch off from the business as Jodie (Craig’s wife) is also in the business, so conversation generally flows around moving. But, Craig does enjoy watching football (his team being Manchester United), walking with Jodie and their 4 children, and travelling. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny, or rather difficult, moving story, regarding AnyVan and Shiply. Enjoy! Links to Craig Atkinson Removals: * Website (https://www.craigatkinsonremovals.com/) * Twitter (https://twitter.com/RemovalsCraig) * Facebook (https://facebook.com/atkinsonremovals) * Instagram (https://instagram.com/craigatkinsonremovals) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-atkinson-93b249178/?originalSubdomain=uk) Special Guest: Craig Atkinson.

Duration:00:29:41

Episode 60: Moving Matters with Gerrard Halsey of Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys

1/26/2023
In this episode Gerrard Halsey, Founder of Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys, discusses how he stumbled into the industry back in 1996 as a 19 year old summer student to help out in the warehouse of Interconex, where 6 weeks turned into a 25 year career within the industry. Gerrard was at Interconex for 4 years (1996-2000) before being made redundant after learning Interconex was being merged with Interdean, and in 2001 Gerrard began a very colourful and flourishing career at Crown Relocations, where after 4-5 years in the London office Gerrard was handed the task of setting up a new branch in Bristol from scratch. In 2013 Gerrard was also given the opportunity to relocate to Australia where he took over the Canberra branch. Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys is a business Gerrard setup in 2019, after implementing video surveys for Crown Relocations in 2016. In 2020 Gerrard was in the right place at the right time, the pandemic provided Gerrard’s company with unprecedented growth, as the demand for video surveys grew. To clarify, Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys provide a video survey service using industry experienced individuals (becoming a wholesome sales extension of their clients), they do not provide video survey software. One of Gerrard’s challenges, since starting his own business was the growth factor, and industry wise it’s the turbulent times we currently find ourselves in, and market saturation from the smaller companies starting up. The one thing Gerrard would change from his moving past was his approach and mindset to the move to Australia, which probably took place at the wrong time in his life. However, Gerrard is delighted he went, and is grateful for the experience. Gerrard has two highpoints of being within the industry, firstly, being awarded both the Branch of the Year and the Quality Branch of the Year for Crown Relocation in circa 2011, and secondly, to be given the opportunity to relocate to Australia. The one thing Gerrard would like to change within the industry is for the decision makers to be less resistant to change (not only with technology) and to be more communicative. The advice Gerrard would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to be flexible, protecting and preparing yourself for change when you least expect it. In the next 5 years Gerrard very much hopes that his company is still leading video surveying within the industry and spread around the moving industry in all four corners of the planet. Industry wise Gerrard foresees more acquisitions, more use of technology and big investment into sustainability. Outside of the industry Gerrard enjoys family life, he has two youngsters that keep him fit and healthy, he plays a bit of football, is the linesman for his daughter’s football club, and enjoys a game of snooker followed by a curry with his son. And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding an unexpected find inside a wardrobe. Enjoy! Links to Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys: * Website (https://ghvideosurveys.co.uk/) * Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/people/Gerrard-Halsey-Video-Surveys/100063579733694/) * Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gerrard-halsey-27862587/) Special Guest: Gerrard Halsey.

Duration:00:50:39