Ensuring a successful move

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Whether moving within the UK or relocating overseas, moving home can be a stressful experience. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. The following tips can help ensure everything runs smoothly throughout your move:

Plan ahead
As with any major event, taking the relevant steps to prepare is very important when planning to move house.  If you are moving yourself,  decide what day you are going to move and make sure you have given yourself enough time to get everything packed and transported to your new home. Alternatively, use a professional removal company, they will provide packing materials ahead of the move if you are planning to pack some boxes yourself.

Take your time while packing
If you try and get all of your packing done in one go, you run the risk of breaking or losing items, and putting yourself behind schedule. Try to split your packing up into more manageable chunks, and then give yourself enough time to complete all these tasks over a longer period of time. By taking your time, you can make sure that all your belongings are packaged safely and securely, reducing the risk of them getting damaged in transit.  To ensure your goods are packed by professionals, contact a removal company and ask for a full pack service to protect your goods during the move.

Take this chance to get rid of clutter
When packing up and getting ready to move home, you may start to come across things you forgot you ever had! Moving is a great opportunity to de-clutter and get rid of unwanted or unused possessions. Ridding your house of clutter will make things much easier when you move into your new home, as you will only have what you actually use and need.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Trying to complete an entire move on your own is a sure-fire way to cause yourself unnecessary stress. Ask some friends or family to help out along the way, whether during the packing and cleaning, or on move day. Alternatively, you can hire a professional removal company who will come and take care of everything for you.

Meeting the challenges of relocating your team overseas

iStock_000010361595_Medium (2)Sending employees overseas can be a great opportunity for both your employees and the business: employees get to experience a fresh start in a new country with expanded professional horizons, while the employer stands to grow their business in new international markets.

As an employer, there are a number of things you will need to consider when sending employees abroad:

Employee preparation

For long-term or permanent relocations, encourage your chosen employees to visit the country for pleasure before making the moving for work; this can be a great way for them to get familiar with the country, culture and everyday situations.

Make sure permanent travel plans are only made once everything in the employee’s old life is sorted and in place.

In order to get the best results and outcome for the relocation, it is important that the person you choose is travelling light and ready to get fully involved in all aspects of your expanded business in their new country of residence.

Potential challenges overseas

Unfamiliarity with the local legal processes and requirements is often a sticking point for anyone acclimatising to living in a different country. There may be certain rules regarding registration, obtaining an ID card, registering a vehicle, etc, that are doubled in confusion if you have to communicate in another language too. Providing additional assistance and expert advice on the ground will help staff settle in without any dramas.

Living miles away from familiar faces can cause feelings of isolation, so it’s important to ensure settlement includes all aspects of normal life. Integration into the community takes a little time and effort; employees may need advice and assistance in establishing  a social support network.

One of the hardest things to come to terms with when relocating is missing family and friends back home; but you can help employees by arranging low-cost travel options and encouraging them to download low-cost or free communication applications to their devices, such as Skype or WhatsApp.

If you are considering relocating some of your team overseas, Pickfords can help. We offer a range of international services for those looking to relocate overseas.

Pickfords’ recycling and reuse service raises £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation

BHF_Retail - Thank You Posters_A4 (2014) Pickfords 2Pickfords Business Solutions and its clients have together raised £15,500 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by donating used office furniture.

Pickfords offers corporate clients a recycling and reuse service to dispose of their old desks, cabinets, chairs and other furniture when they refurbish or move office. Pickfords has worked closely with BHF since 2013 to donate much of this furniture to its retail division, to be re-sold in its high-street shops to raise vital funds for life saving CPR equipment and training.

Since working with BHF, Pickfords Business Solutions has undertaken major projects with a number of clients, including Schneider and A4e, providing a furniture recycling service from which the majority of furniture was donated to BHF.

Katie Murphy, Pickfords’ Head of Environmental Reuse said:

“I feel truly privileged to assist the British Heart Foundation and proud of the fantastic relationship we have. Thank you to all our clients who kindly donated their furniture for this worthy cause.”

Mike Taylor, BHF’s Retail Director, said,

“On behalf of the British Heart Foundation I would like to thank you most sincerely for your support of our fast and free collection service over the past year.

This is the second year that the British Heart Foundation has worked with Pickfords and we are delighted that so far £15,500 has been raised through client removals.

Please pass on our most heartfelt thanks to everyone at Pickfords.”

Remembering Geoff Pygall

26th October 1927 – 31st December 2014

A fond farewell to Geoffrey Pygall, Managing Director of Pickfords between 1976 and his retirement in 1988, and one of the major influencers in the post-war moving industry.

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Geoff Pygall at his appointment as Pickfords’ Managing Director in 1976.

Joining the company as an ‘office boy’ in 1942, aged 14, Geoff rose through various management posts to become Managing Director of what was then two companies: Pickfords Removals and Pickfords Travel Service.

Geoff’s initiatives helped to change the face of the moving industry in the UK and worldwide, which included the introduction of advanced payment and a fixed rate for insurance based on the price of the move, as well as pioneering palletised storage using a unique, larger-sized container for better vehicle space utilisation.

As an influential figure with important politicians, Geoff lobbied hard on a number of issues such as consumer protection, licencing, and driver’s hours and restrictions.

He was also instrumental in facilitating the purchase of Pickfords from the government in 1982, allowing the company to flourish, causing stock to appreciate 100-fold when it went public in 1988.[Untitled]001

Geoff’s own rise through the ranks inspired him to invest in the training of young people through the Removal Institute, of which he was national chairman in 1969. Geoff was also Vice President of the British Association of Removers (BAR) at the time of his appointment as MD, and President the following year.

The funeral was held on Tuesday 27th January at All Saints’ Church in Eastbourne, attended by Russell Start and Lyndsey Daykin from Pickfords, as well as many friends, family and other representatives of the industry he loved.

Pickfords Croyden branch helps improve a toddler’s quality of life

A huge thank-you to the Croydon branch for improvingPicture1 the life of a toddler with cerebral palsy, volunteering their time and resources to moving Oliver and his family to a new home.

Pickfords was approached by www.52-lives.org, a website dedicated to helping one charitable cause each week. The non-profit website was made aware of a young family whose current living situation did not meet the needs of their disabled toddler.

Katie and Stephen have two boys: Freddie, aged 4 and Oliver, aged 2.

Young Oliver suffered pre-natal complications from a bleed in the brain which resulted in hydrocephalus (water on the brain), moderate hearing loss, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and blindness.

The family owned a flat in Kingston, which they needed to sell as it did not meet Oliver’s needs. They were lucky enough to find a house with far more space, allowing side access for a wheelchair, and space to fit ramps, a new sensory area and a swing.

With Katie caring for Oliver full time and Stephen only recently returning to the workforce after two years at home, the new house has pushed the family financially. But they knew it was the best thing for Oliver, so persevered despite the significant costs involved. 52 Lives recognised the difficulty Katie would have, largely arranging the move on her own with two small children to care for.

The Croydon branch was more than happy to help, so packed and moved the family to save Katie a great deal of time and energy, and ultimately ensuring that little Oliver lives in a home that met his needs.

“A big thank you to Pickfords for offering to help us in a time of need. We received a fantastic service from all involved with our move. Thank you.”
– Katie, Steve, Freddie and Oliver

“Pickfords offering to help this family was pure kindness. It is companies like this one – that offer support to people when they need it the most – that make our communities, and our world, so much better. Thank you Pickfords! You are amazing.”
– Jaime Thurston, 52 Lives

Discovered: a piece of Pickfords history

Kind thanks to Barry Marriott from Sway, Hampshire for sharing a fascinating piece of Pickfords history.

E13 Pickford 2 00000 - CopyMr. Marriott, a keen collector of pre-1840 letters, sent in a copy of a missive penned by one ‘C Weaver’ to Thomas Pickford, the last Pickford to service the company, dated 22nd December 1836.

The letter makes mention of the Baxendales, a family who took over running the company from the Pickfords in the early 1800s, rebuilding the institution after troubled times following the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

E13 Pickford 1 00000 - CopyThe letter also discusses an unfortunate illness affecting the Pickford family at the time, giving an insight into the tough conditions of the era.

Another fascinating nugget from Pickfords’ rich history.

Pickfords Southampton helps children’s cancer unit with refurbishment project

A big thank-you to Pickfords’ Southampton branch who recently lent a hand to Southampton General Hospital’s Wessex Children’s Cancer Unit, packing, storing and returning sofas, televisions, toys and equipment during the refurbishment of their play room and school room / teenager’s area on the Paim Brown Ward.

The play room and social area are great resources for children and young people undergoing treatment or visiting friends or family on the ward, but staff and users recognised that the facilities were no longer fit for purpose and in dire need of renovating and redecorating.

A complete refurbishment project was funded through donations from local families and supporters, but unfortunately there was no budget for the moving and storage of the furniture and equipment. With no room to store at the hospital, the Paim Brown Ward approached Pickfords’ Southampton branch, who were more than happy to volunteer their services.

Pickfords packed the contents of the rooms into cartons, removing everything from the site ahead of the refurbishment. The equipment was delivered to Pickfords’ local storage centre in Eastleigh for the duration of the project, before being dropped off again ahead of the grand reopening a few weeks later.

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Rachel Funnell, Charity Co-ordinator at the Ward, got in touch after the move:

“Dear Nick and the team,

On behalf of all the families and staff on Piam Brown Ward, I am writing to thank you very much indeed for your generous donation of packing, storing and returning all the equipment and furniture from our play room and school room.

Your team were fabulous, Paul Stephen, Rory and Terry all worked so hard for us. All the staff on the ward really do appreciate your support, thank you.”

The Piam Brown Ward treats over 100 new children from 1 day old to 16 years old each year. The refurbishment was part of a project by Southampton Hospital Charity to enhance the world class facilities provided at Southampton General and the Princess Anne Hospitals by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire.