Pickfords nominated for Best Removal Company 2015!

Pickfords is delighted to be nominated once again for ‘Best Removal Company’ by the Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP).

Following our win in 2014 in the category of household goods movement, we look forward to the Awards Dinner on 10 September when this year’s winner will be announced.

ARP is the professional body for relocation providers in the UK and overseas. Their annual awards recognise removal companies for their uniqueness, added value and contribution to the wider removals industry.

This year’s Awards Dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Western Central London.

 
 
 



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Moving to Germany: what you need to know

With quality healthcare, low unemployment and a focus on cleanliness and organisation, Germany is an increasingly popular destination for many British expats.

If you’re considering relocating to Germany, there are a number of things to arrange before you move:

Arranging the paperwork

British citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany, but you will need a valid British passport. You will also need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to travel, to ensure you are covered for state-provided healthcare when in Germany.

One you arrive, you’ll need to register for a Certificate or Registration (“Anmeldebestaetigung”) for your residency within seven days, obtained from your local registration office.

Organising pet travel

If you are considering taking your pet with you to Germany, he or she will need a European Pet Passport to travel freely across European borders. The Pet Travel Scheme allows for appropriately vaccinated pets to travel across European countries without being placed in quarantine. Talk to your vet about fitting your pet with a microchip prior to travel. Pickfords’ pet shipping service will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation.

Learning the language

While 56% of the Germany population speak English, it is normally as a second or third language. Learning at least basic German will prove incredibly helpful when communicating with local residents.

Before you emigrate, you may wish to join a German class at your local adult education centre or community college to gain a basic knowledge and help you communicate effectively in-country.

Understanding the culture

As with any new country, you’ll likely experience a number of cultural differences when emigrating to Germany. For example, Germans have a strong sense of planning and timing, so events and appointments typically start on time and lateness is frowned upon. German people also place importance on cleanliness and tidiness, so expect others to be presentable and have a low tolerance for litter.

German cuisine varies from region to region; a lot of common dishes are similar to the UK, although many meals will incorporate some form of sausage. Beer is well known as the German national drink, although German wine is becoming increasingly popular.

Conducting some research on the culture of your region before you leave the UK will help you integrate into your local community after you arrive.

Transporting your goods

When you come to arranging the transport of your effects to Germany, choosing an experienced removal company with the international expertise is vital to ensure your goods arrive on time, safely and securely. Pickfords transports customers’ belongings to Germany every week, more frequently than any other BAR member. With partner offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, Pickfords can transport your goods to any German destination.

Click here to find out more about transporting your goods to Germany with Pickfords.

Pickfords’ powerboat takes a tumble!

Disaster struck at this weekend’s P1 SuperStock Championship, as the Pickfords Powerboat overturned during Saturday’s second race in Gosport!

Fighting high waves and gale-force winds, driver and navigator David Toozs-Hobson and Chris Schreiber were propelled into the water mid-race but thankfully unhurt, though the boat was sadly too damaged to take part in Sunday’s races.

Pickfords' powerboat driver tumbles into the water at Gosport

Pickfords’ powerboat driver tumbles into the water at Gosport

All was not lost however, as in spite finishing third in the opening race, the two-man team was promoted to second place after the original runners-up were disqualified when it was discovered that their boat’s hatch had blown off!

After a podium finish at the Championship’s first weekend at Scarborough back in May, this weekend’s incident places the Pickfords Powerboat currently in fifth place overall.

However, the powerboat is under repair and expected to be in tip-top condition ahead of the third leg of the Championship in Hull next month!

The powerboat makes good progress before the waves overturn it

The powerboat makes good progress before the waves cause it to overturn


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Pickfords FIDI-FAIM certified for Corporate Relocation

Pickfords Move Management is now certified FAIMPLUS, a worldwide recognised industry standard for international relocation, presented by FIDI, the largest global alliance of professional international moving and relocation companies.

The FAIM certification demonstrates that compliant companies continually provide global relocation services to a uniform quality standard. Anyone relocating internationally can be confident that Pickfords has the knowledge, experience and resources to deliver a professional move.

Pictured: Tracey Rogers and Steve Wilkins from Pickfords

Pictured: Tracey Rogers and Steve Wilkins from Pickfords with the FIDI certificate

FAIMPLUS is awarded to established ISO 9001-certified companies, demonstrating high standards in the implementation of quality management systems.

As a member of the FIDI Global Alliance, Pickfords adheres to the highest standard of quality and efficiency in moving services, in accordance with the FAIM standards.

Russell Start, Pickfords’ Managing Director said,

“We are thrilled to have been awarded the FAIMPLUS certification for international relocation, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to quality move management. My personal thanks to our staff for maintaining the high standards which ensures Pickfords delivers its services to a consistently high standard.”

Pickfords’ powerboat readying for round 2 this weekend!

David Toozs-Hobson and Chris Schreiber are getting ready to race the Pickfords Powerboat in Gosport, South Hampshire this weekend!

Competing in the second round in the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Championship, the husband and wife team will be looking to secure their third place position, achieved at the opening race at Scarborough in May.

The annual P1 SuperStock Championship races P1 Panther Powerboats in five events each season. Known as the “Grand Prix of the Sea”, the SuperStock courses are close to shore, tight and fast, making for a great spectacle!

Good luck to David & Chris in Pickfords #22!

P1 Scarborough 2015 OnEvent Tim Piper


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Emigrating to Spain: what you need to know

With great food, a wonderful culture and of course, fantastic weather, Spain is understandably among the most popular destinations for British expats.

Whether you’re emigrating for work, retirement or simply a change of scenery, there are a few things to arrange before you make the move:

Paperwork and finances

If you have an EU passport there’s no need to apply for a visa, but you will need a “Número de Identidad de Extranjero” (‘NIE’) identity card within three months of your arrival. You also need to apply for a “Tarjeta de Residencia” (residency card) and to set up a Spanish bank account and be able to prove how much money you have in your bank account in Britain. When you come to transfer your assets, Pickfords’ foreign exchange service can help you move your money safely and securely.

You can still receive your British state pension while living in Spain, as long as you inform the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions of your move.

Another essential is the S1 form, which is vital if you need medical treatment in Spain. If you have this, you will be treated just the same as a Spanish resident, so long as you register your presence at the local town hall on the “Padró Municipal d’Habitants” register.

Pet travel

If you are thinking of taking your pet with you, he or she will need a European Pet Passport to travel freely across European borders. The Pet Travel Scheme allows for appropriately vaccinated pets to travel without being placed in quarantine. Talk with your vet to get your pet fitted with a microchip before it travels. Pickfords’ pet shipping service will arrange all the details of your pet’s relocation.

Learning the local language

It’s a good idea to learn the language of the area you’re moving to. Only 27% of the Spanish population speak English, so even a basic understanding of the local tongue will be incredibly helpful when communicating with local residents. Spanish is of course the official national language, spoke by around 99% of Spaniards as either a first or second language; but other languages, such as Catalan and Galician, are co-official and spoken as a first language in many regions of Spain.

Before you emigrate, you could join a Spanish class in your local adult education centre or community college to gain a basic knowledge and help you communicate effectively in-country.

Understanding the culture

As with any new country, there are a number of cultural differences you’ll likely experience when emigrating to Spain. For example, meal times: Spaniards’ main meal is typically lunch, eaten around 2 – 3pm; dinner is generally between 9 and 10pm. Spanish culture is also incredibly relaxed; people take time over their meals, and children are generally given a greater degree of freedom than in the UK. Doing some research on the local culture before you relocate will help you integrate into your local community after you arrive.

Transporting your goods

When it comes to moving your effects to Spain, choosing an experienced removal company with the international expertise is vital to ensure your goods arrive on time, safely and securely. Pickfords transports customers’ belongings to Spain every week, more than any other BAR member, and with partner offices in Madrid and Barcelona, we can transport your goods to any Spanish destination. Click here to find out more about transporting your goods to Spain with Pickfords.

Pickfords finds furry stowaway

Pickfords discovered a cat in a container earlier this year.

The feline, believed to have been a street cat, had found its way into a shipping container in Limassol, Cyprus, and spent a month on the water on its way to the UK.

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol

A brown and white tabby was discovered in a shipping container from Limassol. Image: Hisashi

The container was carried by the ‘Rio Cadiz’ shipping vessel. The ship and her stowaway travelled from Limassol to Haifa in Israel, then onto Antwerpen in Belgium, then Bremerhaven in Germany before stopping off at Rotterdam and finally arriving in Felixstowe a month after departure.

The container was unloaded and trucked to Pickfords’ international warehouse in Kempston, Bedfordshire. On opening the container to unload its customers’ goods, the Pickfords warehouse team discovered the tabby.

The cat was not in the best of health when the container was opened, so Pickfords gave her food and water to keep her going. The team called the local Bedford Trading Standards organisation who sent a team to catch the cat, who was then taken into quarantine.

The cat was not charged boarding fees for her trip(!)