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Moving with the girls

Have you ever had a customer asking for a female crew? Most movers have had the request at some stage. The usual answer is no. But now, a new company in London is offering that service, not only to its own customers but to members of the trade. Steve Jordan went along to the famous White Hart Lane in Tottenham, to find out more.           


Holland’s UK connection

Henneken International Removals is one of the oldest removal companies in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1870 and remained a family business until 2001 when the company was sold and changed its direction. Steve Jordan interviewed its Director, Lauwrens de Jong, to find out more.

UniGroup acquires Sterling Relocation

UniGroup – parent company of United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other leading global relocation and transportation companies – has acquired UK-based Sterling Relocation. The sale closed June 30.

How to get the most out of press advertising

All businesses need to market themselves, and even though new and innovative alternative marketing methods have emerged in recent years, press advertising remains an effective means of getting information about products and services in front of the right people. By Simon Taylor, freelance Graphic Designer.

40 years and still breathing

Steve Jordan looks at his time in the moving industry and reflects on what was - and what might have been.

Turning moving upside down

If you have ever met Fred Delahaye you will remember. He’s not the kind of chap who fades into the background. He’s smart, cool, steeped in the moving industry, and a free spirit. Steve Jordan joined him for a little shared inspiration.

London’s historic Cart Marking ceremony 2014

The annual Cart Marking ceremony took place at London’s Guildhall Yard on a very sunny 16th of July.

Moving with the girls

Have you ever had a customer asking for a female crew? Most movers have had the request at some stage. The usual answer is no. But now, a new company in London is offering that service, not only to its own customers but to members of the trade. Steve Jordan went along to the famous White Hart Lane in Tottenham, to find out more.



The world’s first electric road?

A project to create the world’s first ‘sustainable motorway’ has been launched in the Netherlands by two environmental organisations, Milieudefensie and Natuur & Milieu.

More employees getting on their bikes

According to Slingsby, a company that makes workplace equipment, companies need to make more provision of workers wishing to come to work by bike.

John Mason International displays vintage truck at the Kelsall Steam Rally

John Mason International’s vintage 1960s Leyland Comet, was displayed at the Kelsall Steam and Vintage Rally in Cheshire in June.

Bournes opens its new Academy

Earlier this year Bournes in Rye was awarded the Member Award for the Best UniGroup Relocation Network Company as voted for by its members globally.

Elliott Mobility makes its biggest move yet

Elliott Mobility in South Africa has recently completed its largest-scale move to date – successfully moving its headquarters and warehouse to new premises in Samrand, Centurion.

Keith Chapman completes Nightrider 100km Cycle Ride

On Saturday 7th June 2014, John Mason International’s staff member, Keith Chapman, completed the Nightrider 100km Cycle Ride in London and raised over £600 for the charity Prostate Cancer UK.

Good Samaritan helps rival removal firm

With so many bad things happening in the world it’s good to hear a story that demonstrates the better side of human nature and to see that the spirit of camaraderie is still alive and well in our industry.

Robinsons moves local CAB free of charge

Oxfordshire-based removals company, Robinsons has helped its local Citizens Advice Bureau in Abingdon relocate to new offices free of charge.

Arthur Longbone retires

Arthur Longbone worked for Selles in Hull for 14 years

Robinsons appoints Head of Client Services

International relocation specialist, Robinsons, has announced the appointment of Emma Trafford as Head of Client Services.

New arrival at Grospiron International

Morgan Ledoux from Grospiron International and his partner Cheryl Lees from software specialist Moveware welcomed their baby daughter ‘Rose Aurelie Ledoux’ on 18 March.


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  • Study tour 21st Century style

    Aug 14, 2014

    I had an unusual request the other day.  I have no idea whether it’s brilliant or foolish.  What do you think?

    The idea was to resurrect study tours.  For those who are too young to remember, the study tours were arranged by The Movers Institute many years ago as educational trips to allow movers in the UK to get a flavour of what life, and the moving industry, was like in other parts of the world.

    I confess, I never went on one.  But those who did, speak very fondly of them claiming that they learned a great deal and made life-long friends along the way.  I have never heard anyone speak badly of them.

    The idea was to take a party of movers, maybe 20-25 or so, to a far flung corner (South Africa, Australia, Canada, etc.) and tour them around local moving companies, ports, etc. to find out how things were done.  Much of the time they were inspired to question their own methods and to consider doing things differently.  They also acquired first-hand experience of the methods and challenges of operating in other countries to better understand the wider industry and be able to advise their own staff and customers accordingly.

    I have it on good authority also, that despite being 100% tax deductible, it wasn’t all work.  Business and pleasure definitely did mix and relationships were regularly and permanently cemented over a beer or six.  Few came back without a sun tan.

    But is a study tour worthwhile today or not?  Some would say that the world is a small place nowadays and you can get all the information you need from the Internet.  That’s probably true, but it’s not quite the same as being there.  People don’t write headlines about what they see as normal.  It’s only by seeing it first-hand that you can really appreciate the cultural differences and understand how they relate to your own business.

    What is certain is that a 21st century study tour would cost a bit.  I believe the old TMI tours were subsidised to some extent at least by the RTITB (though I’d be happy to be corrected) which would have eased the burden a little.  It would also be a huge operation to organise by a willing volunteer.

    What do you think? Is it worth considering, or should it be instantly consigned to the round file?  You tell me.


    Steve Jordan

  • To print or not to print?

    Jul 10, 2014

    Every time The Mover lands on my desk, usually about 5 days before anyone else sees it, I wonder: has the digital revolution caught up with us yet?  I don’t know, but I would really appreciate your help in finding out.

    Our beloved magazine is sent out in hard copy to anyone in the UK moving industry who wants it and to a few people overseas who prefer it that way.  Elsewhere in the world it’s read avidly online by thousands every month.  Recently I have had the opportunity of talking face-to-face with many of those online readers as I attended conferences.  All seem quite content to read it on their computers, tablets or even their phones.  It makes me wonder: for how long will the world want printed magazines?

    We have no plans to drop the printed copy: many people still tell me that they prefer something real to hold on to.  But, if we did, would it make any difference to you?  Would you read The Mover online?  Maybe you prefer to do that already.

    There are many benefits to the digital option.  You can read it at any time, even if you have left the hard copy on your desk or the 7:45am from Brighton; everyone in your company has access simultaneously; the links are live so it’s a much more interactive experience and better for advertisers; fewer trees lose their lives; and, for us, it doesn’t cost so much to produce.

    On the down side, you do have to own a computer and be sitting in front it or have pretty good eyesight to be able to squint at the pages on an iPhone.  It’s not so easy to flick through and many people just like to have something to hold.  And the perceived value and quality of a printed piece is greater as people understand the precision that goes into its creation whereas online is seen as a much more throw-away medium.

    But we have to keep up with the times and give our readers and advertisers what they want.  For that reason I would be really grateful for your comments.  Would you be just as happy to read your Mover online, or is it too early to let the printed word go? Please e-mail or, if you prefer, drop me a line at the address on page three. 

     Thanks for your help.

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