Pioneering a paperless office

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Pickfords Business Solutions works with companies of all sizes as they undergo change in the workplace. Pat Hughes, Technical Sales Manager at Pickfords, suggests the following tips, designed to help companies change their habits and embrace new ways of working to transform office space into a clutter-free zone:

Utilise agile working tactics
Employees using outdated desktop PCs tend to feel a sense of ownership over their immobile working space. Swapping out computer towers for laptops removes this way of thinking and creates a more flexible space.

Introduce flexible working
As most company infrastructures now enable remote login, more and more companies are offering employees flexible working. Pickfords typically sees around six desks deployed for every 10 people, meaning there is less desk space to clutter with paper.

Change the notion of desk ‘ownership’
The next step is to enforce the idea that no desk belongs to any one person. Introduce personal lockers for employees to store their belongings while not working from a desk, and impose a clean desk policy at the end of each day to free up the desk for the next person.

Recycle old desks in favour of smaller furniture
Over the last few years we have noted that desks are getting smaller. Companies are typically scrapping the old style 1.6 metre wave desks for 1.4 metre bench desks to create space and reduce clutter.

Limit filing
Encourage employees to purge their paperwork and dispose of old files. We have observed some companies limiting employees to a linear metre of filing, prior to moving to a new location, which has forced a reduction in paper.

Invest in offsite records management or document storage
You may be legally required to keep paper copies of certain documents, but don’t need regular access to them. To create space, utilise document storage or records management company to store your files off site until you need them.

Recycle your unwanted furniture
If you are undergoing a workplace change project, Pickfords will relocate the contents of your office, and work with local charities to donate your unwanted furniture and IT. Click here to find out more, or get a quote today.

New technology revolutionises moving home with Pickfords

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Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company has launched new technology to save its customers’ time when they move home.

Traditionally, home movers need to take a day off to arrange for removals companies to come and view the property prior to issuing a quotation.  Now arranging a survey is as simple as making a Facetime call.

Pickfords customers can now download an app to their smartphone,  which allows them to speak face to face with their Move Consultant. They can then video their home and the goods they need to move while the Move Consultant watches remotely and assesses their requirements.

The video is recorded and stored on a secure cloud based server and is an accurate record of the goods to be moved. Surveys can now be booked at a time that is convenient to the customer, including evenings and weekends.

Pickfords has over 25 trained Video Surveyors and has conducted 1,800 video surveys so far.

Consumer Director Mark Taylor said,

“We find that customers of all ages are using the video survey as an alternative to a home visit. The benefits to our customers are that they can book a time for their survey during the day or in the evening, the time taken to conduct a survey is shorter, and we can provide a quotation much quicker.”

Book a video survey today at www.pickfords.com.

The top 10 expat destinations for 2017

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Looking to further your career in 2017? While the UK offers many great opportunities, expanding your horizons overseas may just help you land the perfect role. We reveal our customers’ top international destinations of last year: 10 bustling global cities offering expat careers in a diverse range of industries. Read on: your next job just might be in…

Stockholm

The cultural, political and economic hub of Sweden, Stockholm has seen significant growth in high technology, finance and entrepreneurship in recent years, and is home to many international companies. The city is well known for its innovation and competitiveness within the European marketplace, as well as one of the continent’s greenest and most liveable cities.

New Delhi

There is high demand for experienced professionals in India’s capital, especially in the growing industries of IT and telecommunications. The city’s diverse economy also offers many roles in retail, manufacturing, media, tourism, engineering and design for experienced expatriates.

Singapore

With high wages, low unemployment and excellent working conditions, Singapore has long been an attractive destination for job-seeking expats. The city-state also has six universities, including Asia’s top ranking higher education facility, the National University of Singapore.

New York

Known as the cultural and financial capital of the world, New York is well known as a centre for commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, technology, education and entertainment, and is home to over 120 colleges and universities, some ranking among the best in the world.

Brisbane

Australia’s fastest growing state capital for employment offers a wide range of opportunities in the public and private sectors. Over half the city’s total employment is found in the construction, education, government, health and retail sectors, while finance, business services, manufacturing, mining, and transport also offer many opportunties for expats.

Auckland

The biggest and most populated city of New Zealand is well known as a great place to do business, and is home to some of the country’s most prestigious schools. World-leading, innovative technology companies in Auckland make up over a third of New Zealand’s paid employment, while many other opportunities can be found in manufacturing, health, hospitality, food and beverages, construction and engineering and business services.

Melbourne

Manufacturing and the professional, scientific and technology fields are Melbourne’s biggest employers, followed by retail, food and beverages, finance, telecommunications and construction. The education and engineering sectors in particular offer many opportunities for expats.

Dubai

This global city and business hub of the Middle East provides a wealth of opportunities in construction, tourism and financial services. Dubai is especially enticing for expats given the options available to both buy property and own land there.

Perth

Western Australia’s capital is a hub for mining and related industries, including engineering and R&D. Healthcare workers and artisans are also in high demand. The relaxed and egalitarian workplace culture in Perth is a big pull expats from across the world.

Sydney

Expats in Australia’s most populous city find careers in property, business services, retail, manufacturing, health and community services. Other growing sectors include information, media and technology, tourism and creative and performing arts.


If you’re moving towards a new overseas opportunity in 2017, contact Pickfords for expert international (and local and national) packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

Schools relocating in record numbers to meet demand

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Pickfords has identified a 26% increase in the number of schools requesting removal services in the last year,* demonstrating a reaction to growing demand for school places across the UK.

Pickfords Business Solutions specialises in the relocation of educational facilities, helping with site expansions and full move projects to brand new locations.

Martin Budd, Head of Business Solutions at Pickfords, said,

“There are various reasons why we have seen an influx of schools relocating. Our clients tell us there is an increase in demand for school places, particularly primary schools, which has lead to inevitable expansion.

 

Another reason for this growth has been to replace worn out facilities. Modern schools constructed in the last 25 – 35 years have not lasted as well as those built at the turn of the century, so some schools have to invest to bring their facilities up to date to meet the required standards.”

 

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* Comparison of like-for-like bookings with Pickfords Business Solutions: December 2015 v December 2016.

If you need to discuss the relocation of a school, college or university campus, contact Pickfords Business Solutions on 0845 130 6559 or email solutions@pickfords.com.

For more information, click here to find out about corporate relocation, or here to discover our school moving success stories.

Where should I live in 2017?

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While people move home for many different reasons, the desire to relocate to (or within) any particular area is usually influenced by proximity to our places of work or study. We’ve looked at the most popular UK destinations of our customers last year, revealing 10 cities which provide fantastic opportunities in a wide range of professional fields. So if you’re looking to further your studies or career in 2017, you might just find the ideal location in our list below:

Cambridge

Home to one of the world’s top universities, students and employees of the prestigious institution make up a large portion of the Cambridge population, while many others make their living in one of the 1,000-plus high-technology companies occupying the city.

Newcastle upon Tyne

The commercial, educational and cultural focus for England’s North East, Newcastle has a £13 billion economy. The city has one of the largest shopping complexes in the UK, and is home to the British or regional headquarters of several large companies, including Greggs, Fenwick, Goldsmiths,  Sage Group, Go-Ahead Group and Virgin Money.

Bristol

The city and county of Bristol attracts a wealth of talent from the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and a combined student population of circa 48,200 from two universities.

Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital boasts the highest percentage of professionals in the UK, and is the largest UK financial centre after London. It is known as a centre of education, with four universities to its name, including the highly reputable University of Edinburgh.

York

The economy of York is largely based in the service industry, providing tens of thousands of jobs in public sector employment, health, education, finance, IT and, increasingly, tourism.

Nottingham

Famous for the Robin Hood legend, Nottingham is home to a number of company headquarters, including Boots UK Limited, Pedigree Petfoods, Experian,  Imperial Tobacco, Siemens, Speedo, Vision Express, Specsavers and BBC East Midlands.

Leeds

With the most diverse economy in the UK, Leeds has seem the fastest growth rate of private sector jobs in the country, and is the largest legal and financial centre in the UK after London. It is also one of the largest centres of manufacturing, and is well known as an employer in the engineering, printing and publishing, food and drink, chemicals and medical technology sub-sectors.

Manchester

The global city of Manchester has one of the largest economies in England. It is known for its prevalence in an array of industries, including digital and creative, financial, legal and business services, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, environmental technology, tourism, media and real estate.

Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city is a manufacturing hub, including large operating in shipbuilding, engineering, construction, brewing and distilling, printing and publishing and software development. Their economy is on the rise thanks to growth in service sector industries such as communications, healthcare, highest education, retail and tourism.

London

It should come as no surprise that the UK’s capital, most populous city and one of the foremost global cities is our most popular destination. London is one of the world’s leading financial centres, is first in the world in software, multimedia development and design, and is a hub for the global economy.


If you’re moving towards a new opportunity in 2017, contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

Top 10 things to do in Sydney

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The most populous city in the #1 expat destination, Sydney boasts good wages, a high standard of living and a laid back atmosphere. As well as being a great place to work and retire to, Sydney’s many tourist attractions make for some great experiences.  Here’s our top suggestions for things to do in the Australian state capital:

Explore the Royal National Park

Step inside over 15,000 hectares of bushland lining the coast of Sydney. The beautiful Royal National Park is ideal for swimming, trekking, bike riding, picnics and a wealth of other activities for the whole family.

Spot the sea life at Gordon’s Bay

Sandwiched between Coogee Beach and Clovelly Beach in New South Wales, the secluded oasis of Gordon’s Bay is the perfect snorkelling spot, home to starfish, sea urchins, cuttlefish and blue gropers, all ready to discover along the 600-metre underwater trail.

Go wild at Taronga Zoo

Say hello to elephants, chimpanzees, pygmy hippos, Komodo dragons, koalas and platypus at the wonderful Taronga Zoo. In addition to meeting the diverse wildlife, the zoo boasts some of the best harbour views in the city, so be on the lookout for the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as you travel the winding paths through the various enclosures.

Take an Aboriginal tour

Discover 60,000 years of indigenous history on a Sydney Aboriginal tour. The culture of the first Australians is rich with inspiring art and fascinating stories. From art gallery and museum tours to coastal walks and mountain treks, there are many different ways to uncover the intriguing history of this incredible country.

Sip a Hacienda cocktail

Drink in the incredible harbour views over a cocktail or three at the Hacienda Sydney vista bar. Relax in their soft lounge furniture under lush foliage and gentle orb lighting, enjoying their classic Cuban food and drink menu.

Climb the Harbour Bridge

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge sits at the heart of the harbour, giving you an uninterrupted panorama of the city and it’s surroundings, 134m above sea level at the summit.

Take a dive at Camp Cove

Whether you’re a keen snorkeler, paddleboarder, scuba diver, or simply a fan of serene ocean views, Camp Cove near Watsons Bay is the pinnacle of beautiful Aussie beaches.

Discover Wendy’s Secret Garden

Inspired by the late avant-garde artist Brett Whitely, Brett’s widow channelled her grief into creating an enchanting landscape that blends native and exotic flora, herbs, towering fig trees, flowers and berries. Wendy’s Secret Garden is a delight to explore, home to a menagerie of friendly parrots, kookaburras, owls and wagtails.

Get cultured at Art Gallery NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales boasts nearly 40 annual exhibitions of Australian, European and Asian art and holds workshops, talks and film screenings for the ultimate gallery experience.

Enjoy Aussie cuisine at Carriageworks

Enjoy organic, bio-dynamic and other seasonal produce at Carriageworks Farmers Market in Eveleigh, prepared and sold by farmers and artisan producers across the state.


If you’re considering a move to Sydney, contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8556 or request a call back.

The benefits of using a BAR-certified moving company

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When moving home, you want to be confident that your removal company can be trusted to meet your needs without any issues. Whether you’re about to undergo a small, local move or are shipping a large household overseas, assurance that your goods are in safe hands will be paramount.

For over 100 years, The British Association of Removers (BAR) has promoted excellence within the removals industry, awarding membership only to reputable, professional and safe British removal companies.

To be a member of BAR, a moving company must meet a range of stringent criteria and undergo regular inspections to check that their employees, processes, facilities and vehicles all meet the highest standards set out in the BAR Code of Practice.

Customers choosing to work with a BAR-certified moving company can rest assured that their move will be handled with the utmost care and attention. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, the BAR’s advice and conciliation service to help resolve the matter.

Choosing a BAR-certified removal company guarantees the best possible service, giving you peace of mind throughout your move.


To find out about moving home with a founding member of the BAR; contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.