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As they like it

Steve Jordan dropped in to meet Ingrams of Bishop Auckland and the two brothers who run it, Malcolm and Ian Ingram. It’s not your average moving company, but it’s the way they like it.


As they like it

Steve Jordan dropped in to meet Ingrams of Bishop Auckland and the two brothers who run it, Malcolm and Ian Ingram. It’s not your average moving company, but it’s the way they like it.

This has got to stop by Steve Jordan, Editor

We have all seen the mayhem that was caused by the French strikers who held the transport industry and the whole of the travelling public to ransom. Some of you were caught in it yourselves. In my opinion this is unacceptable. It’s time we acted.

Relationships not price

When every other company seems to be talking price, some Australians are discovering a point of difference to grow business. Brett Epstein from Hire A Mover explains how you can stand out without cutting prices.

The Movers and Storers Show 2015

The Movers and Storers Show returns to Silverstone on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September. This event, established in 2008, remains the UK’s biggest trade show for the removals and storage sector.

AS24: single source for fuel, tolls, VAT and fleet management

AS24 bills itself as being the No.1 network for HGVs across Europe. With 750 service stations throughout the continent, it’s probably true.

Moving to The Next Level

Mark Ratcliffe and Andy Pearson have set up a new company called The Next Level. It has been created to help small moving companies become bigger by focussing on the practical side of what they do.

The boys done magnificent!

A totally biased report of the Santa Fe football tournament by Steve Jordan, Football Manager.

Move Assured: an affordable trade organisation for smaller movers

In just a little over 18 months John Sargant has built his trade organisation Move Assured into a network of 55 removal companies covering much of the UK.



Drivers’ hours regulations relaxed during Calais disruption

The Department for Transport has agreed to a temporary and limited, exceptional relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules, for those effected by the situation in Calais. This will only apply to the UK.

Send army to Calais, says RHA

Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett has reiterated the Association’s call for the French military to be deployed to secure the Port of Calais.

Barcode technology, the future for crate rental?

In a recent interview with The Mover, Gordon Philip, Managing Director of PHS Teacrate explained that his company’s recently introduced bar code technology is set to change the face of crate rental in the future.

Exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts banned

New rules banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts came into force on 26 May, 2015.  The ban means that employers cannot prevent hourly staff from working for another employer.
EU legal compliance made easy

MiX Telematics has launched MiX 3D, a fully remote tachograph data download service for Europe's transport operators.

Jennifer Murr becomes GM for AIReS in Houston

Jennifer Murr, has accepted the new position of general manager of AIReS’ Gulf Coast Regional Office in Houston, TX.

Matthieu Odijk joins Aspire in Copenhagen

Aspire Mobility in Copenhagen has appointed Matthieu Odijk to the position of General Manager of the Group’s moving activities.

Crown reduces carbon for International Museums Day

To mark International Museums Day (May 18) and this year’s theme of ‘museums for sustainable society’ Crown Fine Art is reducing its carbon footprint.

Fuel consumption: only trust your own figures

Van users have been warned to treat all fuel consumption figures with caution, unless they’re derived from their own experience.

Sales training at UniGroup

UniGroup Relocation Asia Pacific recently organised a sales training course for its sales team in Hong Kong.

Crown-Armstrong ships donated goods to San Salvador

The consignment is part of a cooperation between the company and Father Frank’s Kids that ships donated goods to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) homes in Central and South America.

Stephens Removals wins ‘It’s a Knockout’

Staff at Luton-based Stephens Removals gave up their Sunday on 17 May to take part in Funfest 2015, a charity ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition organised by Rushden Higham Rotary in aid of local charities.

CV show success

The Commercial vehicle Show in Birmingham in April received almost 20,000 visitors, 5% up on last year.

Updated European Road Transport Guide

The Freight Transport Association has published the 20th annual edition of its European Road Transport Guide, providing information and advice for UK-based road transport operators moving goods to Europe and beyond.

Michael Brannigan becomes president and CEO at Suddath

Michael Brannigan has become the new president and chief executive officer for The Suddath Companies.

New C5 series from Crown

A high-performance powertrain with a working life of up to 20,000 hours, up to five years’ warranty and outstanding all-round view, even from the fully enclosed cabin.

Nothing in the budget to address driver shortage

The absence of financial measures to support the UK’s road haulage industry to recruit and train truck drivers in yesterday’s budget will undermine the economic recovery, warns the Road Haulage Association.


Congratulations to Nigel Saunders from Nuss in Sydney for correctly spotting both Danny Schneider from Marcel Scneider Demenagments Lausanne, Switzerland and the dearly missed William De Souza from what was then the PN Writer in India. Others managed to give one or the other but only Nigel gave both names. But who is pictured this month? Send your answers to to win the White and Company Red and Black watch.

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Editor's Blog

  • Silly season in with a whimper

    Jul 06, 2015

    After weeks of constant travel gathering news from around the globe it was great to spend a whole month back in Blighty: bighting winds and chilling temperatures reminded me that summer had finally arrived.  It was also comforting to enjoy the virtually continuous traffic jams and road works, along with the constant nagging of people trying to get me compensation for an accident I didn’t have, reminding me that the nation is, indeed, booming.

    For movers it is, of course, the silly season, not just in the UK but globally.  It’s a time when traditionally order books are full, holidays are cancelled and vans remain unwashed.  Talking to one mover the other day he said it was a bit like Christmas: you expect it but it’s nice to see a parcel with your name on it to know that you haven’t been forgotten. 

    For many Santa has come along with jingle bells and reindeer galore; but others have reported a more muted spring.  It’s still quite clear that we are not back to the gold plated years before the whole thing came tumbling down.  There are mixed signs of recovery: mortgage approvals are up, but sales to first time buyers are reported to be down; house prices are at an all time high, but that’s partly because there aren’t enough of them. 

    It seems to me that the days of plenty might be gone forever.  Banks are under increasing pressure to qualify their lending so mortgage approvals are unlikely to return to the pre-crash levels, not for some years anyway. And maybe that’s a good thing.  Perhaps, now that the feeding frenzy has stopped, the industry can get back to a more measured approach in which they focus on service, and learn to explain the value of that service to customers.  Companies often have said to me that ‘the customer won’t pay more’. I don’t buy that. I know that people will pay if they can recognise the value in doing so.  If they can’t, they won’t, and the sales proposition is clearly wrong.

    One more thing.  I would like to welcome Ian Studd in his new position as BAR director general which he assumes this month.  I have known Ian for many years and I know him to be astute, fair and friendly.  He has undoubtedly earned his place as a respected member of the industry.  He is perfect for the job. I wish him, and BAR, well for the future.


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