Moving Matters

Moving Matters

A podcast for the UK Moving industry where your host, Colin Wynn, interviews company owners, branch managers and even suppliers in this wonderful, friendly, family orientated industry. We delve into the past, the present and the future with each of our guests.

Episodes

February 22, 2024 31 mins
In this episode James Tutton, Managing Director of Chelmsford Removals discusses how he began in the industry by helping out his father at weekends in his parent’s removal company (Handy Removals) from the age of 10, and later in life while between work and serving in the army. Today James owns Chelmsford Removals which he started 16 years ago and Move It Removals which he acquired in 2019. Both companies are 90% domestic removals ...
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In this episode, Nancy Zafrani, General Manager of Oz Moving discusses how she began in the industry directly from school 32 years ago (31 with Oz Moving), cold calling companies from the phone book! Oz Moving, who have the greatest strapline of “The Wizard of Moving” was started in 1993 by Avi Oz in New York, and today consist of 4 branches. Oz Moving provides the standard removal services, and have a 185,000 sqft storage facility...
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In this episode Chris Waymouth, an industry veteran (and one of the industry’s Mr Nice guy’s), discusses how he began in the industry back in 1969 at Walkers of Northampton, even though Chris was born into a family of teachers. At Walkers of Northampton Chris undertook a variety of roles within the business that gave him the grounding to pursue a career in management. In 1973 Chris took up a role within Amertrans where he honed his...
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In this episode David Ozard, General Manager of John Mason International Movers discusses how he began in the industry some 50 years ago, and believes he’s only spent 2 weeks working outside of the industry! David started life as a remover in his father’s company based in Rochdale and has spent the past 31 years at John Mason International Movers. John Mason International Movers are based in Liverpool but do have a Southern operati...
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In this episode Robert Cooper, General Manager of Purdie Worldwide Removals & Storage discusses how he got involved within the industry 8 years ago after a phone call from his childhood best friend Neil (Purdie) who was looking for someone to take over his role, someone he could not only trust but someone who knew the family and the dedication they put into the business – there was no mention of knowing the moving industry! Prior t...
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In this episode David Cran, Managing Director of MintBox Removals discusses how he got involved within the industry only 5 years ago, but the seed of being a remover was potentially sowed much earlier on in life. David’s life as a remover didn’t start according to plan, a night out on the town ended early after an accident with a taxi, which resulted in David being hospitalised and on crutches for several weeks! MintBox Removals is...
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In this episode a very fired up Matt Faizey, Managing Director of M&G Movers & Storers, continues what started as a pre-recording discussion on the so called 3.5 tonne brigade, where Matt makes his views on the subject very clear indeed. Matt began in the industry delivering mahogany and new furniture on Saturday mornings from the tender age of 14 (circa 1993), for his father’s sideline, although Matt’s target in life was to become...
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In this episode Adam Chudley, Director of B K Moving & Storage Group discusses how he got involved within the industry about 20 years ago, although he feels he was born into the industry as he is the son of Mark Chudley (episode 23 (https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/23)) and grandson of Derek Blatchford. B K Moving & Storage Group are based in Exeter and trade under the names of Blatchford’s International, King & Kearey and We...
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In this episode Edward Kessel, Removals Manager of Martell’s of Sutton discusses how he got involved within the industry, probably like many, working as a porter during the summer holidays from his A levels, and has completed over 25 years’ service, all for Martell’s. Martell’s are a family owned and run company, and have been trading mainly in retail since 1917, starting as a pram and bedstead shop in the Elephant & Castle, London...
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In this episode, former guest Dan Braddock, Branch Manager of GB Liners, reminds us how he began within the industry some 18 years ago, working for the family business before joining GB Liners where he has spent the last 14 years. GB Liners have 11 branches, run approximately 100 vehicles, employ in-excess of 250, and offer self-storage, containerised storage, document storage, and provide local, nationwide, European, and internati...
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In this episode, Derek Milner, Managing Director of Intransit Removals & Storage, discusses how he began within the industry in 1997 as a part time venture, selling his car to buy a transit van, and having no background in removals and storage at all. Derek maintains that having a side line to removals, such shop deliveries, is a necessity to help with the quiet times within the moving industry. In 2015/16 Derek was running 15 vehi...
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In this episode, Rod Hepworth, Director of It’s Your Move Ilkley, discusses how he began within the industry 23 years ago at the ripe old age of 40, after a life of many careers including a Cow Inseminator and a Professional DJ! Rod founded It’s Your Move Ilkley in 2007, which provides mainly domestic moving, storage and packing services, local and national (although they do International too using forwarding agents), running 2 HGV...
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In this episode, Martin Budd, Sales Director & Brand Ambassador of Pickfords, discusses how he began within the industry, firstly within records management in 2001 with Hays, before joining Sirva (Pickfords) in 2003 for 3 years followed by Crown, and then PHS Data Solutions. And in 2016, Martin was invited to re-join Pickfords where he remains to this day. Martin discusses what a Brand Ambassador is, it’s not just your logo, it’s w...
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In this episode, Paul Taylor, Managing Director of White Rose Removals, discusses how he began within the industry working for removal companies in West Yorkshire before setting up his own company 12 years ago. Today, White Rose Removals are based in Leeds and share office and warehouse space with GB Liners. White Rose Removals primarily undertake domestic moving and packing services as well as storage, and commercial relocations (...
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In this episode, Phil Hambleton, who has just retired, discusses how he got involved within the industry in 1984, when he and his parents decided to buy a small removal company and rebrand it as Hambleton’s. After building up Hambleton’s, Phil’s parents decided to retire in 2002, and Phil consequently sold Hambleton’s in 2004 to North West Removals after it became too much for Phil (as one person) to run. At the time of selling Ham...
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In this episode Rob Hindmarsh, Managing Director of Knaresborough Movers, discusses how he got involved within the industry 30 years ago at the tender age of 15, working for a local removal company during weekends and school holidays. The day Rob left school he started full time employment with K.W. Removals in Ripon (sadly no longer trading), where he worked for 13 years, starting as a porter, then as a 7.5 tonne driver once he ha...
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In this episode Josh Pask, Managing Director of Pask’s Removals, discusses how he got involved in the industry only 2 years ago during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Josh is a professional football player and after a transfer from West Ham United to Coventry City he suffered ligament damage to one of his ankles at the start of the football season. Once back to playing midway through the season the pandemic hit, and realising...
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In this episode Andrew White, Managing Director of Dream Move Relocation, discusses how he got involved in working with movers some 15 years ago, helping with the relocation of employees, individuals, families, and pets. Dream Move Relocation is based in the North West, but can operate nationwide, and assist with the finding of properties for people relocating to the UK, including helping with setting the property up, legals, schoo...
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In this episode Craig Atkinson, Director of Craig Atkinson Removals, discusses how he returned to the industry 5 years ago after a decent break, but started within the industry at the tender age of 16. Today, Craig Atkinson Removals is a relatively small company based in Burnley, Lancashire, that only undertake domestic moves and packing services. Craig has a team of 6 and runs 3 vehicles, hiring more when required. We discover wh...
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In this episode Gerrard Halsey, Founder of Gerrard Halsey Video Surveys, discusses how he stumbled into the industry back in 1996 as a 19 year old summer student to help out in the warehouse of Interconex, where 6 weeks turned into a 25 year career within the industry. Gerrard was at Interconex for 4 years (1996-2000) before being made redundant after learning Interconex was being merged with Interdean, and in 2001 Gerrard began a ...
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