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Arrowpak International: a family business with worldwide connections

In a little over three decades Arrowpak International has grown from a small family business into a global organisation with worldwide connections. Deputy Editor David Jordan interviewed director Terry Cobbin at their HQ in Suffolk.



The cheque’s in the post

If there were such a thing as a top-ten chart of business lies ‘the cheque’s in the post’ would almost certainly be number one. By David Jordan.

The truth about conveyancing

Following her article in The Mover in January, Bethany de Montjoie Rudolf CFILEx Soc Legal Services Consultant at De Montjoie Consulting Ltd tries to explain why conveyancing lawyers are not complete idiots.

The way forward for sales leads in the moving industry

Ian Thomas, Operations Director of, looks at the development of the sales leads industry for movers and considers what the future might hold.


Geoff Pygall – a man of the industry

Geoffrey Frederick Pygall died, just before midnight, on New Year’s Eve at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon from multiple organ failure. He was 87.

Extra profit for no extra work 

Jonny Griffith from Currencies Direct explains how you can make extra money, for no extra work, and keep your customers happy too, just by making a simple recommendation ... even if you don’t win the removal job. Interested?

Arrowpak International: a family business with worldwide connections

In a little over three decades Arrowpak International has grown from a small family business into a global organisation with worldwide connections. Deputy Editor David Jordan interviewed director Terry Cobbin at their HQ in Suffolk.



10 years on from disaster

It has been ten years since Denise Magson formed the Steve Magson Memorial Trust to raise money to help the victims of the Tsunami that struck Thailand on Boxing day, 2004.

Coppards Removals supports the Freddie Farmer Foundation

Bromley-based Coppards Removals has been working with the Freddie Farmer Foundation to help raise funds for a specialised physiotherapy centre in South-East England for children with cerebral palsy and severe mobility issues.

Johnsons Business Moves awarded health & safety accreditation

Johnsons Moving Services Ltd achieved initial OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation in September 2013 and has recently undergone its first external verification audit.

First UK cloud service for O’Neil

L&R Storage Ltd has moved its on-site RS-SQL over to O’Neil Software’s new cloud service – Hosted RS-SQL.

Lisa wins at Movers and Storers Show

Lisa Bell from Bell & Son Removals in Leicester won a PPS crate hamper packed with a variety of food and drink items at the Movers & Storers Show last October. 

Anglo Pacific ships classic horse to New Zealand

UK-based rocking horse manufacturer Classic Rocking Horses has just completed a third international delivery using Anglo Pacific. Having already shipped precious equine cargo to Canada and Australia, Anglo safely delivered a dappled-grey horse called ‘Sabre’ to New Zealand – much to the delight of his new owner.

Pickfords highly commended at EMMAs

Pickfords has been awarded 'Highly Commended' in the International Moving Company of the Year award 2014 by the Forum for Expatriate Management.

Janine Barnes joins Santa Fe in Asia

Janine Barnes has recently been appointed Relocation Services Director, Asia for Santa Fe.

Beth Pasiak joins Graebel

Beth Pasiak has recently joined Graebel as its Vice President of Operations and will manage the company’s Atlanta, Georgia centre.

Speed limit to be raised to 60 mph for HGVs on dual carriageways

The UK government has announced plans to raise the national speed limit to 60 mph for lorries travelling on dual carriageways.


Well done to Trevor Kidd who was the first to correctly identify the oracle of shipping, Ted Philip, in last month's competition.  Ted was accompanied by his ever supporting wife Doreen who sadly died a few days after our magazine was published.  We all wish Ted well and may Doreen rest peacefully. This month we have an icon of the international moving scene but can you bring his name to mind?  Correct answers to

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Editor's Blog

  • Money for nothing

    Feb 16, 2015

    There is one story in this month’s magazine that shouldn’t really be here in my opinion.  It’s not that it’s a bad story, on the contrary, it’s very interesting.  It shouldn’t be here because everyone should know about it already.  However, it seems, they don’t.  The story in question appears on page 8: Extra profit for no work.  Sounds too good to be true?  I don’t think so. 

    It’s written by a company called Currencies Direct.  They transfer money for customers who are moving abroad.  There are other such companies.  I don’t know exactly how they do it but it seems they have the ability to provide a top class service but charge nowhere near as much as a bank, give a better rate of exchange and pay an introducer’s commission at the same time.  Which rather begs the question: why aren’t all international moving companies putting their customers in touch such an organisation?  To do so would be doing them a huge favour, and providing an income for the mover at the same time – just for making an introduction.  It’s money for nothing. 

    To put it in perspective, my next door neighbour mover to Ireland.  Must have been something I said.  I put him in touch with Currencies Direct and he saved enough money on the transfer of the proceeds of his house sale to pay the moving company and have a few quid over.  I didn’t ask for commission (but maybe I should have).  My recommendation: talk to the company, find out how it works, and start putting a few extra pounds on the bottom line.  Why not! 

    There’s also a passionate story from my brother, David, who writes about bad payers.  We don’t have a big problem here but I know some of you do.  David’s story maintains that it’s bad business to pay late, despite what the business gurus might say. People like to work with good people.  You might get away with dragging out payments when times are good, but what happens when you need a favour.  No chance sunshine. 

    I regret to say that I was unable to get to Geoff Pygall’s funeral on 27 Jan.  I had intended to go but the Gods plotted against me.  I didn’t know him well but I know he inspired many.  He was one of the industry’s colourful characters and he will be missed by many.  I hope my obituary on page 16 does him justice. May he rest easy. 

  • Best foot forward for The Mover

    Jan 19, 2015

    Now those of you who know me well will be aware that football is not my thing.  Having been born and bred in Hull I spent many years avoiding the topic in pubs – until last year when, for once, I could hold my head high again.  Maybe not this year of course ….  However, The Mover has entered a team in the Interdean six-a-side tournament on 16 May 2015.  Yes it’s true!  I will be in charge of shouting at the ref and oranges; David will be chief photographer and strategist; and Nikki has volunteered as the team physio.  The players: are well, that’s another matter. The tournament is on behalf of Marie Curie.  It’s a good cause and I trust that a few of you out there will, like us, pool your talent and join in the fun – if you think you are tough enough.

    This is another packed issue for you.  May I draw your attention to page seven.  You will all remember the tragedy of the two chaps who fell from a balcony in London in November.  I want you to tell me how you would have done the job.  If you have the know-how and the experience, tell me so I can tell the rest of the industry.  That way, perhaps we can help avoid a repeat.

    There is also a very small piece on page six saying that Fred and Gerald Baxter were found not guilty of defrauding the MOD.  I hope to have a much fuller story from Fred in the near future but, in the meantime, those who doubted should perhaps reflect on the fact that things are not always what they seem.

    Finally, I acknowledge the news that Stephen Vickers, Director General of BAR, it stepping down in May.  Many of you will know that Stephen and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on things.  However, I wish him well in whatever he does next.  The Mover has always had an excellent relationship with every moving organisation in the world. It has always been a disappointment to me that our relationship with the home association was less so.  I sincerely hope that I will be able to build a much more constructive relationship with Stephen’s successor for our mutual benefit and that of the whole industry.


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