JT & Sons Relocations retained the title of ‘Commercial Mover of the year’ (CMOTY) 2014/15, at the British Association of Removers’ (BAR) annual conference at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.
This has been a remarkable achievement for the company that has only been a BAR member for 3 ½ years. The company was formed in December 2008 by Jenny and Timon Thorncroft; application to BAR and its Commercial Moving Group (CMG) was made in October 2010 in accordance with the BAR’s membership criteria and approved in January 2011. That year, and having entered the Commercial Mover of the Year competition with only ten days left to complete its entry documentation, JT & Sons were awarded a ‘certificate of merit’ in the 2011/12, and again in 2012/13. In 2013 the company won the title for the first time despite stiff competition from the many long established members of CMG.
The company said that winning the ward increased enquiries and business exponentially. As a result, Jenny and Timon Thorncroft, the company’s owners, made Lee Austin a director and shareholder in recognition of his support towards the success of the embryonic company. The resulting business meant the team were pushed to the limit and the directors embarked on a training programme enabling their operational team to grow.
Having won CMOTY in 2013 the company felt it was particularly important not to become complacent. For this reason it decided to cite some regular clients for the testimonial part of the CMOTY 2014 competition. Jenny explained that she chose some regular client to put forward for the competition. “We felt these companies would be a good test to establish that we were not resting on our laurels.” She also chose some new clients with one-off moves to offer a good mixture of clients and feedback.
The success of the company has meant that it has recently moved to larger premises - Phoenix House - on the Kent, Sussex border. Jenny and Timon say this is the next step in a continuous successful growth programme.
Photo: JT & Sons collect the CMOTY award at the BAR conference in Glasgow.