UPDATED: Important information following global cyber attack on Maersk Group

Maersk has confirmed that some of its IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and keep our customers informed, should their shipments be affected.

Message from Maersk Group:

Please see the following information from Maersk Group. Pickfords will monitor the situation closely and will make contact with our customers, should they be impacted by this incident.

“Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure.

For now this means the following:

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed 

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.  Import Cargo will be released to credit customers

At the present time we are unfortunately unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings. However we do greatly appreciate your patience and look forward to carrying your cargo as soon as it is practically possible 

Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. We will continue to email you when appropriate and will be updating our Social Media channels regularly.

We apologize once again for any inconvenience this may cause your business and we are working hard to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

The Maersk Team”


*UPDATE 11:50am* a further message from Maerk

“Dear Customer,

As per our previous customer advisory regarding the impact of the global cyber attack on Maersk Line we are able to provide you with the following services at this time:

  • All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned
  • Access to UK and Irish ports is not impacted
  • Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned. 
  • Import cargo will be released to credit customers
  • Export haulage booked to load in the next 24 hours will be accommodated where possible”

How to fit in as an expat

Moving abroad is a great chance to enrich your career and your life, but optimising any expat experience means fitting in with the locals and becoming part of the culture. Read our top tips to help you integrate with your host county and make the most of your overseas opportunity:

Get to know the area

Spend your first few weeks in your host country, as well as any pre-trips, familiarising yourself with local area. Learn the native pronunciation of street names and place names. Find out where the nearest amenities are. The better you know your new locale, the less people will see you as a tourist or an outsider.

Learn the language

If you’re moving to a country with a different native language, it can be tempting to get by on the locals’ knowledge of English. But to properly integrate, it’s important to have at least some understanding of the local dialect. The more you know, the more people will open up to you, and the better you’ll fit in.

Take a course before you emigrate to gain at least a basic understanding of the host language. Then your real learning begins in-country. Wherever possible, ask the locals to converse with you in their native tongue; most people will be happy to help you learn.

Understand the culture

Like learning the language, you can start to understand your host country before you travel, but the real education begins after you emigrate. For starters, visit expat blogs and forums to get a feel for your destination before you go. Learn enough about the local history, music and sports teams to help you get by. Seek to understand the basics of dining and business etiquette and greeting customs so you don’t make any embarrassing faux pas.

After you arrive, don’t be tempted to just hang out with other expats. You can only truly understand a culture by becoming immersed in it, so spend plenty of time with the locals. Many people love to talk about their country, so ask lots of questions. Say yes to dinner invites, parties, nights out and other events as often as possible.

Ready for your move overseas? Contact Pickfords for expert international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.


Powerboat crew stays strong after collision

The Pickfords powerboat crew remain a competitive force in spite an unavoidable collision holding them back in Round 2 of this weekend’s P1 Superstock Championship in Greenock.

Sunday’s second race saw the South Street powerboat hook towards Team Pickfords, causing us to slam into the side of the rival vessel. Thankfully, both boats stayed upright, leaving South Street relatively unscathed and our crew, Glynn and Lee Norvall, with only minor injuries.

The Norvall brothers and one of the South Street crew visited A&E for their cuts, bruises and aches on Sunday night, but were thankfully all discharged with a full bill of health by Monday morning.

The combination of high scoring races on the Saturday and early Sunday, and the disqualification of several other teams has kept Team Pickfords in 6th place overall at the halfway point of the Championship.

Can the Norvall brothers make up for lost ground and race their way to the top half of the table in Round 3 next month?


The Pickfords powerboat sustained some damage, but #69 was totalled and team South Street disqualified as a result of the collision.

What are the biggest job sectors in Australia?

Boasting good wages and a high standard of living, Australia offers a wide range of employment opportunities for millions of expats. We’ve listed the country’s biggest job sectors to help you decide whether the UK’s most popular expat destination holds the key to your next career move.


While not the mammoth industry it used to be, manufacturing is still Australia’s leading source of employment. The biggest Australian industries within manufacturing are:

  • Food, beverages and tobacco
  • Metal products
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Petroleum, coal and chemical products

The food and beverage manufacturing industry is the largest in Australia, with meat, beverage and malt manufacturing providing the most opportunities, followed by dairy, sugar and confectionery.


While mining is another industry in decline, Australia nonetheless remains the world’s leading exporter of coal, mined primarily in Queensland, News South Wales and Victoria. It is also one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, copper, gold, iron, mineral sands and zinc. Australia’s mining industry employs over 187,000 people directly and nearly 600,000 in support industries.


Farmers and graziers own nearly 135,000 farms covering over 60% of Australia’s landmass. Farming contributes 93% of the domestic food supply, including meat, vegetables, fruit and grains. Including related sectors – manufacturing and processing, distribution and retail – agriculture provides employment for over 1.6 million people.


Australia’s four major banks – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, National Australia Bank and ANZ – are among the world’s largest and most profitable. The financial services sector employs 450,000 people, primarily in Sydney and Melbourne.


It should come as no surprise that the country’s seven million annual visitors, and enormous domestic tourism market, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in Australia. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in particular provide a wide range of tourism-related job opportunities.

With partner offices in 39 Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Pickfords relocates thousands of expats to Australia every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.

Nail-biting first round for Pickfords Powerboat

An exciting weekend of racing for the overseas opener of this year’s P1 SuperStock Championship! Nine powerboats battled it out along the shores of Aalborg, Denmark in the first of four rounds in the 2017 season.

Helmed for the first time by experienced race siblings Glynn and Lee Norvall, the Pickfords powerboat had a hard fight to keep pace with the weekend’s highest scoring teams.

Scraping through the Saturday qualifier, Team Pickfords managed two 3rd-place finishes underneath glorious sunshine on day one.

The low-scoring qualifier left the Norvalls scrambling for a place in the Sunday Grand Final. Thankfully the brothers stormed ahead in the Plate, coming first and earning their spot in the concluding races.

Stiff competition left the boys in fifth place overall, sneaking into the top half of the table in front of Team Inverclyde on equal points.

The P1 fleet now head back to British shores ahead of Round 2 in Greenock over the 24 – 25 June weekend. Can team Pickfords notch up the points and secure a place in the top 3? Watch this space to find out.

Where did it all start? The story of Pickfords

Pickfords has launched a new, interactive section of the website.

The digital timeline chronicles the history of the brand, from its earliest days as a carrier in the 1600s to the present day.

The history section was a year in the making and followed research from the Pickfords archive of historical documents, from existing transport books and conversations with current and previous Pickfords colleagues, some of whom spent as long as fifty years with the company. The marketing team even tracked down the original designer of Pickfords Travel leaflets to feature in the 1980s section.  

Marketing Director Lyndsey Wallbank said

Previous accounts of Pickfords’ history focused heavily on transport methods. We wanted to create a timeline that also featured the moments in history which impacted the company and the people who have influenced the direction of the brand through the centuries.”

The digital history experience features a timeline with richly designed imagery together with easy to read snippets of information. The journey through time includes Pickfords’ invention of the Fly wagon in the 17th century, a brush with Jack the Ripper and the year Pickfords specialised in elephant removals for Billy Butlin.

The contribution Pickfords made to the two world wars, when resources were requisitioned for the war effort, and the denationalisation of the company by Margaret Thatcher in 1985, are also detailed.

Managing Director Russell Start said

“We are delighted with the project, and hope this new section of the website brings the Pickfords story to life for customers, employees and transport enthusiasts alike.”

How to turn people off your home

Selling up? In this volatile housing market, small changes can make a big difference to the saleability of your home. To maximise buyer interest in your property, here are a few things to avoid:


Forget letting your home feel ‘lived in’. Tidy, open rooms help buyers mentally fill the space with their own belongings. Put away, get rid of, or put into store anything that could be seen as clutter or mess.

Family photos

Leave your home too personalised and buyers won’t be able to see themselves living there. Keep visible family photos and other personalised items to a minimum.

Keeping everything in its place

Your current home layout may be functional, but opening up the space will increase buyer interest. Achieve this by:

  • Pushing furniture back to the walls
  • Reducing the number of visible chairs and coffee tables
  • Swapping out your flat screen for a smaller model
  • Putting up some mirrors, especially in the hallway

Dodgy DIY

DIY done right may save a bundle on labour costs, but make a mess and you risk putting buyers off. If in doubt, hire a professional.

Out-pricing your street

There are lots of great ways to increase the value of your home. But far outpace the value of your neighbours’ properties and yours will be seen as too expensive for the area.

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