Today is the busiest moving day of the year!

Pickfords’ Move Monitor reveals latest moving trends

On Friday 29th August, the nation is downing tools and turning its back on long weekend lie-ins in favour of moving home!

Today will be the busiest moving day of the year, as hundreds of families choose to move house.

Pickfords tracks around 30,000 house moves each year, and using year-on-year analysis of data can pinpoint which date will see most removal trucks rumbling up and down the motorways helping families to transition to new homes.

Pickfords’ spokesperson Lyndsey Daykin isn’t surprised that the last Friday of August is such a popular time to move:

“We have seen a real increase in movement in the housing market this year and all of our research points to a huge surge in house moves at the end of August.   We believe our customers are keen to make the most of the good weather and with the children off school, it’s the perfect time to move”

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Pickfords shortlisted for International Moving Company of the Year 2014

Pickfords has been shortlisted for International Moving Company of the Year award 2014 by the Forum for Expatriate Management.

The shortlist nomination for an EMEA EMMA (Expatriate Management and Mobility Award) follows our win in the same category in 2013.

Shortlisted Nominations will be assessed by an independent judging panel and the award presented at a Gala Dinner and ceremony at The EMEA Global Mobility Summit, to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on 7th November.

Click here to read more about last year’s win.

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Goodwill gesture helps cancer patient stay comfortable

A huge thank you to Branch Co-ordinator Peter Robbins and the Manchester team for their recent kind-hearted efforts, helping a critically ill man by moving his new sofa free of charge.

The customer, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, had ordered a brand new sofa that was more comfortable and suited to his needs. Having arranged delivery from a local outlet centre, unfortunately the delivery men were unable to get it into his flat, and so were forced to leave it in the communal hallway.

After the customer’s relatives got in touch with Pickfords, the Manchester team paid a visit and were able to manoeuvre the new sofa into the flat, deciding not to charge for the work as a gesture of goodwill.

A close relative was quick to thank Peter Robbins and team:

“Please our deepest thanks to you, and your colleagues’, efforts today. You were all truly professionals and all went well above, and beyond, the call of duty.

My brother was very overwhelmed by your generosity in giving your time, skill, and effort to help his situation. As you know he has terminal cancer and being able to lie down fully on his sofa makes a great deal of very positive difference to his quality of life.”

Well done to all involved.

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Pickfords Glasgow leads the way in Clothes Aid collections!

Pickfords Glasgow is currently in the lead for our Move Day Clothes Clear Out campaign, collecting 1,021kg in recycled clothes and shoes to raise money for the NPSCC.

Since launching the incentive scheme, we have collected a total of 3,418kg, raising £1,025.40 for our partner charity!

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The Move Day campaign has recently been supported by The Metro newspaper, who ran a competition to win a free Pickfords move. The winner was Alisa Moore from Liverpool, who will be enjoying a free move from her local branch.

The campaign is also the front page feature of this month’s Removals & Storage Magazine, the official publication of the BAR (British Association of Removers), the removal industry’s leading trade association.

Click here to find out more about Move Day Clothes Clear Out.

Pickfords’ Hannah saves customer from deportation

Pickfords Move Co-ordinator Hannah Liebscher-Hammersley received a huge bouquet of flowers from a grateful customer when her actions saved the customer and his wife from being deported from New Zealand.

Having moved to New Zealand from the UK, the customer and his wife urgently needed documentation which was in deep storage at Pickfords.  The customer would have been rejected and they would have been forced to return to the UK without jobs or a place to live.

Hannah searched the customer’s storage container to find the documents and took them to her local Post Office to weigh them, before being collected by courier, in her own time after work.

The customer said:

“Hannah deserves massive praise for what she has done for us… she is an absolute credit to your company and we will be forever in her debt.”

 

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Pickfords’ Mark Herrington appointed Vice President of the BAR

Mark Herrington, Network Sales Manager, has been appointed Vice President of the BAR (British Association of Removers), for a 2-year term.

An active member of the BAR for the last 5 years, Mark chaired the BAR Commercial Moving Group (CMG) Council from July 2011 until May 2013, sitting on the BAR Board of Directors during this time. Mark’s appointment to Vice President follows his second stint on the Board.

The BAR is the removal industry’s leading trade association, involved in raising public awareness of the industry and the quality of all its members. Mark’s new position means he will be visiting all BAR Regional Area Meetings at least once during his 2-year term, to understand what is affecting them regionally, listen to their ideas for moving the industry forward and then taking these views back to the Board to help create future policy.

On the conclusion of his 2-year term, Mark’s position automatically becomes BAR President for a further 2-year term!

Mark said,

“I’m really proud to be representing Pickfords at the BAR; I am looking
forward to helping to shape the future with my fellow Board members, our joint objective is to drive improved quality throughout the industry.”

Mark (third from left) with (l-r) Nick Wilkinson, Nicki Brotherston and Andy Chatt at the BAR Conference

Mark (third from left) with (l-r) Nick Wilkinson, Nicki Brotherston and Andy Chatt at the BAR Conference

Birmingham dominates Pickfords charity football tournament

Pickfords’ Birmingham branch was the star of the first annual NSPCC Charity Football Tournament, surviving 5 matches unbeaten against teams from across the network, to lift the trophy for first place.

The Tournament was held as Powerleague Fives, Milton Keynes, raising £315 for the NSPCC. Pickfords FC, a team from the Wembley Head Office, secured 2nd place, while Pickfords York placed 3rd.

Highlights of the day included:

  • The Senior Managers & Directors team taking a 14-4 thrashing against Pickfords FC
  • Team FCO being awarded 5 penalties in a row
  • Pickfords FC’s Dan Pettit performing a cartwheel after scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final against Croyden
  • Corporate Sales Director Simon Johns scoring with his first touch

Thanks to the organisers and all the players and spectators for making it such an enjoyable day. The next Tournament is planned for April 2015.

The victorious Birmingham team: Marc Fisher, Nick Ling, Paul Curtis, Ethan Curtis, Harry Bateman, Peter Wallace, James Wallace and Neil Abbott

The victorious Birmingham team: Marc Fisher, Nick Ling, Paul Curtis, Ethan Curtis, Harry Bateman, Peter Wallace, James Wallace and Neil Abbott

Pickfords nominated Removal Company 2014 in ARP Awards

Pickfords has been nominated for the 2014 ARP Awards in the Removals Category for household goods movement.

ARP, the Association of Relocation Professionals, is the professional body for relocation providers in the UK and overseas. Its annual Awards recognise removal companies for their uniqueness, added value and contribution to the wider industry.

The winners will be announced at the annual ARP Annual Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Royal Over-Seas League, St James’s Street, London, on Thursday 11th September. Ten Pickfords representatives will be in attendance, with our very own Steve Boyd, International Operations Director, on the judging panel.

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Update: we won!

Update #2: we were also nominated the following year!

Pickfords Move Day Clothes Clear Out raises money for the NSPCC

Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, has officially launched a campaign to raise funds to stop cruelty to children in the UK as part of their home move service.

The Move Day Clothes Clear Out campaign is a free service that provides a simple way for customers to donate quality, reusable clothing and paired shoes to charity on move day. Your Pickfords Move Coordinator will provide you with NSPCC Clothes Clear Out stickers so you can bag up any goods you don’t want taken to your new home. The removals team then take all stickered bags to Clothes Aid, the UK’s leading clothing collection fundraiser, who turn the goods into funds for the NSPCC.

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Pickfords strives to make it hassle-free for customers to donate unwanted clothing and home textiles on move day for the benefit of the NSPCC and their work protecting UK children from cruelty, while also ensuring that these clothes are properly recycled by Clothes Aid.

Did you know that approximately £140 million in clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year? That’s equivalent to 350,000 tonnes of good clothing being binned by half the adults in the UK!* So when it comes to clothes collections, we believe that doing our bit for the environment is equally important. Which is why we are proud to be working with Clothes Aid in support of a new initiative called ‘Love Your Clothes’. Developed as part of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), Love Your Clothes aims to change the way we acquire, use and dispose of textiles, by 2020. The initiative is coordinated by WRAP, a not-for-profit organisation supported by UK Governments.

Since the start of this successful relationship with Clothes Aid, Pickfords customers have raised £11,000 for the NSPCC. That’s enabled Childline to answer 2,750 calls from vulnerable children in need of a voice. And with your help, we can raise even more!

With approximately 30% of clothes in each household unworn for over a year, what better way to lighten the load before a big move, lower our impact on the planet and support the NSPCC’s mission to end cruelty to children.

Let’s keep Britain moving with Pickfords and donate to the NSPCC!

Coming soon… Don’t miss your chance to win a FREE** move courtesy of Pickfords Clothes Clear Out!

Notes:
* WRAP report, Valuing our Clothes, 2012
** To be featured in Metro UK, Friday 27th June 2014. Free move up to the value of £1,000, not including goods in transit insurance.

Pickfords wins International Moving Company of the Year

Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, has won the ‘International Moving Company of the Year’ award at the Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards 2013. The results were announced at the EMMAs Awards Gala Dinner at The Lancaster London Hotel on 8th November.

Pickfords' International Director Steve Boyd (centre) receives the trophy

Pickfords’ International Director Steve Boyd (centre) receives the trophy

The Expatriate Management and Mobility awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the international global mobility industry. These prestigious awards, created by the Global Mobility industry’s leading association, the Forum for Expatriate Management, are judged by a highly experienced panel of judges, who assess the submissions received against the criteria for the awards. Judging criteria in these categories include client communication, innovation, knowledge, skills and expertise. Following this assessment, the Judges commented that Pickfords “provides an excellent illustration of a client focused team.”

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International Director Steve Boyd, receiving the award, said: “I am delighted that Pickfords has won this award – it is a true reflection of the expertise of our move management and operational teams, their innovative approach to customer service and their continued focus on quality.”