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IAM - the first time


20-year-old Milli Dale joined Burke Bros three years ago as an apprentice. Little did she know that she’d soon be travelling the world representing the company. Here’s her newcomers-eye view of the world’s biggest moving event.


Movers and Storers Show 2014 - Part 1

Silverstone’s futuristic Wing building was again the venue for this year’s Movers and Storers Show on 21-22 October.

Movers and Storers Show 2014 - Part 2

Moving day mayhem debate and Paul Evans shares his experiences.

Michael Cramer on European transport

During his opening hearing at the European Parliament Michael Cramer MEP, the new Chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee (TRAN) called for, “A holistic and ambitious EU transport policy that reconciles mobility, climate protection and job creation.”

For comfort - A Christmas story, by Steve Jordan

The cat didn’t know what all the fuss was about. It never did. It happened just the same every year at this time. Humans! Pah! They have no idea.

Changing the industry

If you are in the removals business, your life has been touched by Roy Church; you probably don’t know it, but it has, I assure you. Every now and then someone comes along who changes things, permanently. Roy is such a man. By Steve Jordan.

IAM - the first time

20-year-old Mill Dale joined Burke Bros three years ago as an apprentice. Little did she know that she’d soon be travelling the world representing the company. Here’s her newcomers-eye view of the world’s biggest moving event.




Jean Mason 1925 – 2014

Jean Mason, mother of Paul Mason and grandmother to Simon and Caroline Mason died peacefully recently at the age of 89.

Pickfords awarded ‘Removal Company 2014’ by ARP

The Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP) has voted Pickfords 'Removal Company 2014' in its annual awards.

2015 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition

The 2015 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition is taking place on Monday, 2 February at Hotel Russell, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London and all international HR and global mobility professionals are invited.

Stamp duty change has boosted the UK’s interest in moving home, a major supplier of online quotations for moving services, has reported an increase in interest in moving house throughout the UK of up 20% as a result of the recent stamp duty cut.

Peter van den Berg joins Tippet Richardson

Peter van den Berg has joined the international team at Tippet Richardson in Vancouver.

Update - French truck drivers to take industrial action

French truck drivers plan disruption on 18 and 19 December.

French truck drivers threaten industrial action before Christmas

Impasse in negotiations over pay could lead to disruption on roads and at distribution hubs.

Driving licence counterpart abolition delayed

The Freight Transport Association says it has persuaded the government to delay plans to abolish the paper counterpart to the driving licence until an online system suitable for businesses has been developed.

Elizabeth Kocken promoted at Graebel

Elizabeth Kocken has recently been promoted to the position of Global Talent Management director for Graebel in the USA.

New Transport Energy Task Force established

A new Transport Energy Task Force has been established, building on the LowCVP's recent studies on fuels decarbonisation (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership).

Take control of Driver CPC

Well-run haulage firms are taking control of Driver CPC and making it part-and-parcel of their operation, says the Road Haulage Association.


Congratulations to Ray Inskip from Flame Recruit who was the first out of the hat to correctly identify Brian Jones from Brytor International in last month's competition.  This time you will all know the happy smiling face of Allen Fan in the background, but who is his equally jolly friend?  The winner will receive the much coveted White and Company Red and Black watch.  Answers please to

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Editor's Blog

  • Eastern promises

    Dec 15, 2014

    I have just returned from a long weekend in ancient Istanbul.  It is a fabulous place for a short break.  It’s where East meets West, and it shows.

    Anyone who has travelled to anywhere vaguely exotic will know that buying anything is not a simple transaction, it’s a life experience.  You don’t just decide what you want, make sure you can afford it and hand over the cash.  Oh no. It’s not that easy.  As Eric Idle said in Life of Brian: “You are supposed to haggle.”

    Now this does not come easy for a shy and retiring Brit.  Not at first anyway.  But it becomes easier as you get used to it and, if you think about it, it’s actually a much better way to exchange goods and services.

    In the West we let the market do the negotiation for us.  All the shops display their fixed prices for all to see.  They wrestle with each other to offer the customer what they perceive as the best value (or just the cheapest price).  The customer just has to decide firstly whether they can afford something and secondly whether they like it enough to open their wallet.  Simple.

    In the East it’s simple too.  There are no prices on anything, so you do things differently. Firstly you decide whether you like something.  The price is secondary. The Turks in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul know that things are worth different amounts to different people depending on their personal wealth and the urgency of their need.  A loaf of bread could be worth nothing if you have just eaten, but a fortune if you are starving.  So why sell at the same price to everyone?

    The price quoted in the bazaar is the starting price, not the actual price. You then decide whether it’s good value for you. Tell any stallholder that the starting price is too high and you always get the same response: “How much would you like to pay?”  Somewhere in the middle is the correct price for that transaction. You just have to get there.

    I see no reason why it shouldn’t work for services too.  The price is related to desire and it is the desire that comes first. In the West it seems that we have it the other way around: price drives everything.  Maybe we should learn from our Eastern friends.  They have, after all, been doing it a lot longer than us.

  • Profit before pay

    Nov 10, 2014

    I keep hearing on the radio that commentators are surprised that the UK is enjoying good growth for the first time in years, but that wages are not yet rising.  That seems to me to be perfectly logical. 

    Of course, I didn’t go to college to learn economics so who am I to pontificate when the likes of Robert Peston are puzzled, but things seem to me to be following a perfectly natural course.

    We have all been treading water for a long time.  Many of our partners overseas are still finding things tough.  In the UK we are a long way from being out of the rough but at least it does seem as though we might at least be able to see the fairway if not quite reach it with a pitching wedge.  But when money is tight we all tighten our belts a little, we stop doing things, we ask the R&D department not to have any bright ideas not because we are in trouble but just because we are not certain what the future holds.

    When there is a glimmer of hope, however fleeting, we relax a little.  Rather than say no to everything, we start to think, well maybe we should.  Maybe we should let that old van go; maybe we should take on some part-time help; maybe we should spend a little more on advertising; or maybe we should update our website to something that works a bit harder for us.  What we don’t immediately think is maybe we should pay our staff more.

    Of course we should pay our staff more, just as soon as we possibly can because they are the people who have kept us going during the dark days. But as sensible business owners we all know that it is our primary duty to secure the future of the business for without that, everyone’s out of a job.  Employees who are business savvy, know that too.  They are prepared to wait.  Not for ever, but a while at least.

    The fact that the UK wage rates are not racing ahead I see as a testimony to the modern British mentality.  Unlike in the past, people now seem to understand that you can only get higher wages after you have earned higher profits – not before. With that comes a responsibility on behalf of the bosses: to respect that trust, and not exploit it.


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