Meet the 2017 Pickfords powerboat crew!

In three weeks, Pickfords will once again compete in the P1 SuperStock Championship. The annual marine motorsport series features 11 powerboats competing in four European races. The boats race close to shore, tight and fast. The races are a great public spectacle and a demanding task for the drivers and navigators.
This year we welcome Glynn and Lee Norvall as Pickfords’ driver and navigator. The siblings are no strangers to the world of powerboats, competing in last year’s Championship in support of Help for Heroes. We spoke to the brothers to find out what drives them to face the top speeds and choppy waters typical of P1:

Hello to you both, and welcome to the team! Tell us something interesting about yourselves.

Lee: I enjoy Thai boxing and actively trained in Thailand up to a couple of years ago.
Glynn: My best friend is my Boxer dog Stanley, who is totally nuts!

Who’s the most competitive of both of you?
G: I’m the most competitive out of Lee and myself.
L: I am definitely the most competitive out of us both (I just like to let Glynn think he is…!)

How did you get into powerboat racing?
G: We are the second generation of powerboat racers in our family.  My dad Douglas Norvall raced offshore powerboats in the 1960s and 1970s, so we are following in his footsteps.
L: Yes we were highly influenced by our dad. We spent our weekends playing with boats and water and listening to his stories of racing hijinks from back in the day!

What is the highlight of your racing career so far?
L: Being placed in the top five teams in the UK in 2016, which lead to us being promoted to the World Championship in Mumbai earlier this year!
G: Coming third in the Mumbai Championship; it was the first ever P1 race in India!

What are you most looking forward to in the season ahead?
L: With a new team as PickfordsFX, a new boat and two new locations I am looking forward to spending a lot of time on the podium!
G: Racing against some good competition and hopefully a few podium finishes would be nice.


The 2017 P1 SuperStock Championship begins on Saturday 10 June in Aalborg, Denmark. Three more rounds will then take place across England, Scotland and Wales through to September. Watch this space for regular coverage of the upcoming races!

Pickfords announces new charity partnership with Cancer Research UK

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company, has announced a change in its CSR policy and the principal charity it supports. Pickfords will now be supporting Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, dedicated to its vision to beat cancer sooner.

The decision to support Cancer Research UK underpins a new objective; to create a healthier workplace for Pickfords employees.

The new partnership means Pickfords employees will have access to a range of health information to keep them better informed about cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Understanding changes in lifestyle choices and the adoption of healthy habits will help to reduce the risk of developing cancer and to know how to spot cancer early.

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Pickfords now collect customers’ unwanted items on move day to raise money for Cancer Research UK

 

Pickfords’ Managing Director, Russell Start said,

“We felt the time was right to work with a charity with new objectives. It is likely that all of us have been touched by cancer at some point in our lives, so I hope we will all benefit from improved awareness and will get behind our fundraising activities to support the search for a cure.”

6 reasons you should move to Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city attracts thousands of people from across the world every year. Many seek new career opportunities, while for others it’s a leisure destination or a change of scenery. So what is it about Glasgow that makes over 600,000 people proud to call it home?

The growing jobs market
Glasgow’s economy has experienced rapid growth in recent years. In the UK, it is second only to London at 4.4% per annum, while in Europe the city ranks amongst the top 10 highest growth. Glasgow’s largest job sectors include manufacturing, retail, finance, business services and healthcare.

Affordable living costs
Scotland’s largest city is remarkably affordable. Glasgow’s average property rental sits at £720 per month, compared to £1,392 in Edinburgh and £2,697 in London. Glasgow’s average house price is £163,004, while Edinburgh sits at £247,342 and London £605,684. Transport, dining and other living costs are also reasonable.

Natural beauty
While known as a hub of industry, it may be a surprise to learn that Glasgow is also home to over 90 parks and gardens. Among the most visited are:
  • Kelvinsgrove Park, featuring the beautiful River Kelvin and bordering Kelvinsgrove Museum
  • Pollok Country Park, famous for Pollok House and its iconic Highland Cattle
  • Rouen Glen, an award-winning hub of wildlife, plants and greenery
Shopping!
Fashion lovers will feel right at home in Scotland’s style capital. Visit Argyle, Buchanana and Sauchiehall Street for the ultimate shopping experience. Glasgow’s ‘style mile’ boasts over 200 boutiques, designer stores and speciality shops.

Amazing, FREE museums
Art and culture is largely free of charge in Glasgow. Among the best free museums are:
  • The Gallery of Modern Art, exhibiting international artists with Glaswegian interests and influences
  • Riverside Museum, home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, trams and locomotives
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, displaying extensive armour, artwork and natural history collections
Gorgeous architecture
Discover Glasgow’s distinctive architecture dotted throughout the city. Most famous are the works of Alexander Thomson (1817 – 1875 and Charles Rebbue Mackintosh (1868 – 1928).
Observe Thomson’s Greaco-Egyptian style by visiting:
  • St. Vincent Street Church
  • Great Western Terrace
  • Holmwood House (Thomson’s villa)
Examples of the Mackintosh ‘Glasgow style’ include:
  • Willow Tearooms
  • Scotland Street School
  • Glasgow School of Art

Considering a move to Glasgow or the surrounding areas? Contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8557 or request a call back.

Moving to the USA: what you need to know

The US is a land of opportunity for many British expats, with commercial centres such as New York and San Francisco offering careers in a diverse range of industries, while sunny states like Florida draw in thousands of retirees in search of the quiet life. So whatever your reason for emigrating, what do you need to get to the US, and what can you expect on arrival?

Entry requirements

British citizens can apply for the Visa Waiver Programme for stays of up to 90 days, otherwise you will need a visa from the US Embassy. Your passport must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. For more information on US entry requirements, visit GOV.UK.

Population

The US has a resident population of over 324 million, making it the third highest populated country in the world. Over 73% of the population is White American, 13% African American, 5% Asian and 1% American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Language

There is no official language of the US, although 80% of the population speak only (American) English at home. Spanish is the second most spoken dialect, with 45 million speaking it as a first or second language.

The differences between British and American English can occasionally cause confusion; some examples of British words and their American equivalents can be found here.

Climate

Differences in latitude and geographic features mean that climate varies considerably among (and within) major expat destinations; for example:

  • New York City and Austin, Texas undergo large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters
  • Seattle’s climate is oceanic, with cool, wet winters and mild, fairly dry summers
  • North and central Florida have hot-to-humid summers and mild-to-cool winters, while South Florida enjoys a tropical climate
  • San Francisco has a moderate climate: moist, mild winters and dry summers

Quality of life

According to InterNations, expats feel warmly welcomed in the US, and report high satisfaction with their careers and leisure opportunities. While many believe childcare, education and healthcare are expensive, most agree that the quality of these services is high.


With partner offices in 10 key US cities, including New York, LA and Chicago, Pickfords relocates thousands of expats the the US every year; to find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.

I’m about to move: who needs to know?

When you move home, it’s important to let people know your new address so records can be updated and your post arrives to the right place. To help ensure you don’t miss anyone, we’ve outlined the main parties who will need to know your updated details ahead of moving day:

Two to four weeks before the move

Friends and family

The bank
Don’t forget to transfer your account to a branch near your new home

Credit/store cards
Fill in the change of address section of your statement when returning it with your payment and also notify any card protection insurers

Standing orders/direct debits
Give your new address to companies to which you pay standing orders, or with which you have a hire purchase agreement or loan.

Stocks and shares
Notify your stockbroker or each individual company registrar.

The DVLA

Royal Mail
Set up mail redirection to your new home.

Broadband provider

Landline provider

TV Licensing

Your doctor, dentist and optician
De-register and research alternatives nearer to your new address. Liaise with your hospital if undergoing regular treatment.

HMRC

Pension scheme
Advise your local Post Office or private scheme of your change of address.

Insurances
Notify your broker or individual insurance companies.

Council tax and electoral registration
Notify relevant authorities in both your current area and the area you are moving to regarding council tax and electoral registration.

Subscriptions
Notify any organisations, clubs or charities to which you subscribe of your new address.

Schools
Notify schools of your leaving date and advise the new schools as soon as possible.

One week before the move

Electricity and gas
Contact your energy suppliers to advise the date you will be moving, giving at least 48 hours’ notice.

Water
At least 48 hours’ notice is required by your existing and your new authority to disconnect and reconnect supply.


Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

Infographic: Bluffers’ guide to moving home

Moving home can be a daunting prospect, particularly if it’s your first time. But as with any significant life event, a bit of foreknowledge and planning can go a long way to easing those pre-move nerves.

To help you prepare for your move, our bluffer’s guide infographic takes you through the whole process, including what you need to do leading up to the day, and what to expect from your removal company:

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Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, helps 30,000 customers move home every year. To find out more, visit our website or request a callback today.

Moving to China: what you need to know

One of the world’s largest economies, the People’s Republic of China is a popular destination for experienced professionals across a number of industries, including manufacturing, engineering, pharmaceuticals, technology and finance. Many are also drawn in by the country’s rich history and a fascinating culture that offers a stark contrast to typical Western sensibilities.

So if you’re looking for a new opportunity coupled with a unique cultural experience, what’s required to emigrate to the PRC, and what can you expect once posted there?

Entry requirements

You will need a visa to enter China. Make sure you don’t overstay, as the authorities conduct regular checks. For stays longer than six months, you must produce a health certificate, including an HIV blood test, and you may need to apply for a Residence Permit. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your visa application.

You must register your place of residence with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival.

Population

At 1.381 billion, China is the highest populated country in the world, though population density varies considerably between the western and northern part and the highly populated eastern region. Overall density is far lower than much of the world due to the country’s relatively large land mass.

Over 91% of the population is Han Chinese, and although the government is officially atheist and most consider themselves irreligious, historically Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism have a significant role in shaping the culture.

Language

Mandarin, China’s official language, is spoken by around 70% of the population, while the remainder speak one of the country’s nearly 300 living languages. While there is growing interest in the English language, it is not yet widely spoken across mainland China. English speakers can get by in the business world, but navigating shops, restaurants, etc is far easier with at least a working knowledge of Mandarin

Climate

Winters are typically cold and dry, while summers are warm and moist, although the country’s complex topography means the climate can differ significantly region to region.

Quality of life

According to InterNations, expats rate the quality of work opportunities and salaries highly, although this is countered by the growing cost of living and increased working hours. Healthcare is considered poor, primarily due to high pollution levels, while childcare, public transport and personal safety are all viewed favourably.


With key partner offices in seven key locations across China, including Shanghai and Beijing, Pickfords relocates hundreds of expats to China every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.