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Lacey’s of Bembridge

Nov 21, 2013
Lacey’s Removals on the Isle of Wight has been run by three generations of the same family since it was first established back in 1924. In recent years it’s been Craig Lacey holding the reins.

 

Craig joined the family business in 1986 and became owner after his father, Ed, passed away in 2001. Based in Bembridge, Lacey’s employ nine fully trained staff and run five vehicles including three HGVs and two 3.5 ton vans.  The firm owns a modern warehouse and storage facility in Nettlestone, built in 2004.

 

Lacey’s Removals is well established on the Isle of Wight. Craig’s grandfather Tom set up the firm in 1924 after working for a local haulier. He began taking on general haulage jobs and would transport large goods for shoppers to their homes from the ‘carrier square’ in Newport. During and after the Second World War, Tom was able to expand the business - the firm distributed war aeroplane parts around the rest of the UK amongst other cargo. This enabled him to pass Lacey’s to Tom’s two sons when he retired.

 

The removals trade is competitive on the Isle of Wight but Lacey’s find domestic jobs all over the UK. Most of its work is home moves to and from the island with a smaller percentage of international jobs too. Being island based has not disadvantaged Lacey’s. “There’s loyalty to the family name on the island,” Craig explained.  “People recognise our vans with their retro logo and colour scheme – we’ve actually got jobs from customers this way.” The firm’s fleet of vans with its logos represent the heritage of 90 years' service on the island.

 

Lacey’s Removals plan to stay around for some time yet. Maybe the next generation of Lacey family will carry the company forward too.

 

Photos:Top - Craig Lacey, Middle - Tom Lacey, Bottom - Retro logo and colours represent Lacey's heritage.

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