Pickfords delivers childhood dreams for The BFG


Pickfords has been appointed the official removals partner for The BFG Dream Jar Trail, a nation-wide event which sees 50 giant ‘dream jar’ sculptures placed across the capital and the UK from 9 July – 31 August to mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and the release of The BFG in UK cinemas on 22 July.

Pickfords will move the 50 dream jars from the 3DEye studios where the designs have been brought to life, to their final locations ahead of the launch of The BFG Dream Jar Trail on 9 July. Visitors and locals will be able to help The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) find his missing jars by visiting “splendiferous” locations such as Trafalgar Square, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square, Tower of London, Glasgow, Manchester Lowry Square and The Hays in Cardiff.

Each giant jar will contain the dreams of celebrities and top artists such as Steven Spielberg, Sophie Dahl, Quentin Blake, Nadiya Hussain of Bake Off fame, Paralympian David Weir, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Arsenal Football Club. They will be auctioned after the trail in aid of Save the Children, as well as Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

Pickfords’ Managing Director, Russell Start said: “We are delighted to be involved in The BFG Dream Jar Trail, an event that will inspire visitors to explore London, and most importantly, help raise money for two fantastic childrens’ charities.”

See visitlondon.com/bfg to find out more about The BFG Dream Jar Trail or follow #BFGDreamJars on social media.

How do I prevent damp? Three simple steps


Whether you live in a modern property or more traditional housing, any home can be at risk of damp. If your home has excess moisture, mould can begin to appear, which not only affects the look of your property, but can cause damage or risk the health of you and your family.

Any number of factors can cause dampness in your home, including condensation, rising ground water and structural problems. While it is possible to deal with dampness and mould after they have appeared, prevention is far easier, and cheaper.

By following these three simple steps, you can stop excess moisture entering your home, thereby preventing dampness and mould.

Reduce the amount of moisture you produce

Avoid drying clothes in the house without opening a lot of windows. Ideally, use a tumble drier or hang your garments outside.

Cover pans while cooking and use the extractor fan, and only boil as much water as you need in your kettle, or use a teapot for large batches.

Keep your home well ventilated 

Ventilating your home is the easiest way to ensure excess moisture in the air can easily escape. In the warmer months, keep windows open throughout the home at least partially, to allow good airflow throughout the building.

Invest in a dehumidifier

Originally seen as a bit of a luxury, dehumidifiers have  come down in price in recent years, making them more accessible to the average home owner. These devices are particularly useful if your property has rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light or ventilation.

Looking for more advice on managing your new home? Visit our Home Moving Advice Centre for hints and tips for settling in.


Rio customs strike affecting clearance

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Brazilian customs strikes are expected to impact goods clearance until the conclusion of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Customs clearance and delivery of household goods services will be affected within the city and ports of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s remaining 26 states, including primary business centre Sao Paula, will not be affected.

Customs at the Rio airport and sea port are undergoing a partial strike over a wage dispute, currently working just two days per week. Customers emigrating to the capital can expect delayed customs clearance until well beyond the official end of the Olympics on Sunday 21 August.

Road traffic within Rio is also seeing significant challenges as athletes, delegations and country dignitaries arrive ahead of the Games. For security reasons, some road closures will not be announced in advance.

If you have concerns about customs clearance and emigration into Rio de Janerio, please contact your Move Manager or call 0800 019 8557.

Win a WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toy!

Win one of three WHIZZPOPPING BFG Soft Toys!

To celebrate the release of director Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG, in UK cinemas July 22, Pickfords, the official removals partner of The BFG Dream Jar Trail, is offering children the chance to win one of three WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toys!

Encourage your child to draw their favourite dream and write their name in The BFG’s empty Dream Jar, take a photo of them with the drawing and post it as a Facebook Status on facebook.com/Pickfords or Tweet it to @Pickfords before 31 August 2016.


We’ ll announce the winning entries via Facebook and Twitter on 13 September 2016. The winners will be contacted via direct message so we can post your prize!

To find out more about The BFG Dream Jar Trail and the new film, visit http://www.visitlondon.com/bfg.

© 2016 Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC

Pickfords wins British Government removal contract for a second term

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Pickfords is delighted to announce that on Monday 20th June 2016 it was officially confirmed as the appointed contractor to the British Government for overseas removal services. The contract will run concurrently with the existing contract held by Pickfords and commences on 1st September 2016.

The contract covers removal services for numerous British Government Departments who post staff overseas including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, British Council and many others.

The team at Pickfords is immensely proud that it has been awarded the contract for a second term and Steve Boyd, Pickfords Government Services Director commented, ‘This award is a reflection of the hard work of the Pickfords Government Services team, the quality of our tender submission and our promise to the British Government to continue to provide value for money at all times ensuring service quality is never compromised’.

Pickfords has already embarked on the implementation program with the British Government and will work with them in the coming weeks to ensure that we align our services with the dynamics of the new contract.

Just moved? 19 tips for settling in

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Moving home is a great opportunity for a fresh start: a new house or flat means a chance to reorganise, redecorate and transform the place into your own, while moving into a new neighbourhood means new friends and new activities you can get involved in.

There are also those last little niggles that need sorting out in your new home before you’re truly settled in.

So once the moving vans have left the driveway and you’re all unpacked, what’s next? Here’s a few suggestions:

1. See the sights

Make the most of your new locale by checking out the nearby tourist attractions and soaking up the scenery. This will be especially helpful if you have children who are still acclimatising.

2. Track down your local services

Make a note of your nearest garage, supermarket, post office, launderette, and anything else you might need in a hurry.

3. Familiarise yourself with local transport

Where’s your nearest bus stop? What are the local train times? Does Uber operate in the area or is there a good local taxi service? Get to know your nearby transport links so you’re well prepared when you need to venture out.

4. Chip your pets

Getting your pets micro-chipped helps ensure you can track them down should they get lost in your new neighbourhood.

5. Tell your friends

Don’t forget to let friends and family know your new address. While it’s tempting to send a mass email or group Facebook message, your loved ones might really appreciate a phone call or personalised letter with your updated details.

6. Join something

Whether you join the local chapter of your favourite club, society or sport from your old neighbourhood or look for something new, find a way to get involved in your local community.

7. Get active

Moving home can be overwhelming. Let off some steam by going for a run or joining your local gym or sports centre.

8. Check your fixtures and appliances

Make sure your fridge, freezer, cooker, washing machine, boiler, shower, etc are free of damage. It’ll be cheaper to fix them now then after they go wrong.

9. Update your insurance policies

Don’t forget to change your address on your life, car, home and any other insurance documentation.

10. Update your paperwork

Dental records, doctors, bank and credit card statements, TV licence, utilities, phone bill, driving licence, council tax… save yourself a headache later and get these up to date now.

11. Change the locks

You don’t know who the old residents gave keys to. Just to be safe, get the locks changed and update any security codes.

12. Cut your keys

Get your house keys cut so your partner, older children and a trusted neighbour all have a set, and get emergency spares.

13. Register to vote

Make sure you have a voice in your new neighbourhood. Contact your local council and register before the next election.

14. Recycle

However carefully you pack, you may well discover some items you just don’t need anymore when you unload your boxes. Take the opportunity to recycle or donate any unwanted items before they clutter up your new home.

15. List emergency numbers

The gas man, computer repair, mechanic, plumber, doctor’s surgery… make a list so you can contact them in a rush.

16. Get painting

Chances are the decor that your home’s old residents chose isn’t exactly how you’d like it. Get some samples and start painting or wallpapering, and make the place your own.

17. Introduce yourself

Say hello to your neighbours! Hosting a BBQ or simply inviting the locals round for tea is a great way to get to know who’s who.

18. Apply the finishing touches

Hang pictures and paintings, arrange photos and ornaments: anything to make your house or flat feel like a home.

19. Relax!

Settling in is hard work. Take a little time for yourself and enjoy everything you’ve worked for.


Remembering Ken Cooley

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With great sadness we say farewell to Ken Cooley, Move Manager for Pickfords Business Solutions, who recently passed away following a 10 month battle with cancer.

Ken entered the world of business moving in 1990 as a casual porter for Bullens where his brother Allen also worked.

The wide set of skills he brought to the removals industry were honed in a diverse range of prior roles, from membership of the British Army’s Royal Signals, to pub and nightclub ownership and bread delivery!

For a man with no formal training in the removals industry, his acquired knowledge and resourcefulness were outstanding. He was a wizard with safes, and his ability to walk round a library and add up the move without the need for a calculator was truly amazing!

Since joining Pickfords, Ken managed some of the largest and most prestigious relocations undertaken by the company. His first major job as Move Manager was Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.

Known for his unique turn of phrase, Ken’s colleagues could expect “Five minutes for a slurp”, before they had to “crack on” “up and down the dancers (stairs)” at “ramming speed”!

A tough task master, Ken was well liked and highly respected by all the men he supervised. He would never ask anyone to do something that he wasn’t prepared to do himself, and his commitment to the job was exceptional, working 24 hour shifts to ensure the smooth transition of A&E departments during hospital moves.

Clive Johnson, who worked with Ken on many major hospital moves, recalls that, “Ken was the consummate professional. However difficult things got, Ken always found a way to get the job done and would never let anyone down.”

Ken’s last major job for Pickfords was Coventry University Library where, in a typical display of his ingenuity, he built a platform of euro pallets, complete with safety rail, to enable vans to be loaded via the rear and side doors simultaneously.

Ken leaves behind his adult sons Wayne and James, as well as three grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at Canley Crematorium in Coventry on 6 July.