Office Moving Alliance wins contract to move NATO Headquarters


Office Moving Alliance (OMA) has been appointed to project manage and deliver the relocation of NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels.

Pickfords is the UK member of the Office Moving Alliance, an international network of office moving specialists and they collaborated with fellow members Mondial Movers from The Netherlands and AMT Transfer from France during the formal bid procedure.

The iconic NATO HQ building in Brussels will move to a new purpose built premises across the boulevard from the existing site.  The move is planned to take place in 2017 and will see the relocation of circa 4000 staff.

NATO considered proposals from a number of potential suppliers and followed a rigorous selection process before appointing the OMA consortium to manage the contract.

Russell Start from Pickfords Business Solutions said

“We are delighted to have been appointed following the selection procedure.  NATO will be able to draw on the considerable experience and expertise of our project teams to manage the relocation.  We look forward to working with the NATO management team during the course of the contract.”

The 60-year-old promise

When Vivian Curnow was a child, his grandmother would always write in his birthday card “Pickfords to follow with a truckload of gifts”. Grandma Curnow never did contact Pickfords; this was just her wicked sense of humour!

The phrase stayed with Vivian throughout his life. He would often recount the story to his wife, Janet.

Some 60 years later, Vivian decided to find out if Pickfords would deliver on his grandmother’s promise!

Vivian called his local Pickfords branch in Truro, asking if they could surprise his wife Janet on her 68th birthday by delivering a bunch of flowers and a cake.

And as you can see, they were happy to oblige!

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Top 10 things to do in Cardiff


With a growing job market and affordable living costs, Cardiff is a great place to find a home. But once you’ve found the right job and the right place to live, what is there to do in the Welsh capital?

Well, it turns out, a lot! Here are our top 10 recommendations for things to do in Cardiff:

Visit the Millennium Stadium on match day!

The buzz at an international rugby or football match is truly infectious. But even if you don’t make it into the Stadium for a big game, don’t fret; the whole city becomes a carnival on match day!

Fill your shopping bags at the Indoor Market

The Indoor Market is great for local fruit and veg, meat and fish, and, of course, Welsh cakes! You’ll also find a wide range of second hand records and books, as well as the cheapest fried breakfast in the whole city centre!

Explore the National Museum and Art Gallery

This free museum and gallery boasts five hundred years of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramics from across the world, plus the Evolution of Wales exhibition, taking visitors on a 4,600-million year voyage through time and space!

Discover Cardiff Castle

Cardiff’s ‘historic heart’ conceals 2,000 years of history behind its large stone walls and ‘fairy-tale’ towers, including a Roman fort, Norman keep and six-ton working trebuchet!

Get arty at Chapter

The Chapter Arts Centre features performances spaces, an art-house cinema and international gallery. It’s a hub of creative expression that will fascinate even the most casual art fan!

Unleash your inner fanboy or fangirl with The Doctor Who Experience!

The Doctor Who Experience comprises of an interactive adventure and behind-the-scenes exhibition featuring the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who props, sets and costumes. Perfect for any dedicated Whovian!

Hit a car boot sale

Another great option for bargain lovers, Cardiff boats several great car boot sales across the capital, including Saturdays at Splott Market, Sundays at Bessemer Road and Sully in the summer!

Awe at the incredible Llandaff Cathedral

Standing on one of Britain’s oldest Christian sites in a tranquil conservation area, the Cathedral boasts 900 years of history through various installations and restorations, including one of the most notable works of medieval Welsh art, the West front, and the building’s aluminium centrepiece, Sir Jacob Epstein’s statue of Christ in Majesty.

Do whatever you fancy at Mermaid Quay

Cardiff’s waterfront is perfect for seaside strolls, shopping sprees or stuffing your face! Mermaid Quay boasts worldwide menus (“from Welsh ice cream to Turkish cuisine”), an upmarket shopping centre , historic architecture and weekly entertainment.

Learn local history at The Cardiff Story

The Old Library’s free museum lets you trace Cardiff’s history through artifacts, photographs and film. Discover the story of Cardiff from the 1300s market town to the modern cosmopolitan capital.

If you’re considering a move to Cardiff or the surrounding areas, contact Pickfords for a free move consultation on 0800 019 8557 or request a call back.


Golf Day raises £6,000 for NSPCC!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and donated to our Charity Golf Day; together we raised nearly £6,000 for the NSPCC!

This year’s event was held at The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club in Broxbourne, featuring 18 holes across the 6,276 yard course.

Seventeen three-to-four-player teams featuring Pickfords employees, clients, partners and suppliers all competed for the coveted 1st place trophy, while individual players bustled for the Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive awards.

Click here to visit our Pinterest photo gallery of the event.

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Pickfords nominated for Best Removal Company 2015!

Pickfords is delighted to be nominated once again for ‘Best Removal Company’ by the Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP).

Following our win in 2014 in the category of household goods movement, we look forward to the Awards Dinner on 10 September when this year’s winner will be announced.

ARP is the professional body for relocation providers in the UK and overseas. Their annual awards recognise removal companies for their uniqueness, added value and contribution to the wider removals industry.

This year’s Awards Dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Western Central London.


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A simpler time: Pickfords in the 1930s

With a near-400 year history, Pickfords is fondly remembered by our customers throughout the decades. One customer recently contacted us to share a happy memory of Pickfords’ advertising in the 1930s, when Britain was enduring the Great Depression and on the brink of the Second World War:

A note from you

A call from us

The date is fixed

No worry or fuss

A Pickfords van

A gentle giant

The work is done

A satisfied client


A letter from a customer shared her fond memory of Pickfords advertising in the 1930s.

Pickfords’ wrap puts planet first

Did you know Pickfords’ wrapping material is 100% recyclable?

Pickfords uses Planet Wrap, a unique blanket wrap that replaced other materials which featured plastic elements that could not be recycled. Planet Wrap is made from sustainable materials without compromising on quality, and is 100% recyclable.

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Plane wrap is made from 57% recycled paper and both creation and disposal produce limited carbon emissions by both being produced and recycled exclusively in UK mills.

Pickfords uses over 12,000 rolls of blanket wrap to move our customers’ belongings every year, which equates to 567 miles of wrap, enough to line the roads from Glasgow to Lands End!

The use of a sustainable blanket wrap is part of Pickfords’ commitment to environmental leadership, conducting our business in a way that benefits the environment.

Pickfords introduces man and van service

Whether you’re renting and don’t have a full home to move, or simply want to take an active role in your removal, Pickfords Man and Van is the perfect service for small, local moves.

Our service includes a van and a driver to help you move, and an extra man (or woman!) Should you need help packing.

We can provide whatever you need for your home move, including packing materials, a home cleaning service and handyman at the home you’re leaving, your new property, or both.

For a quote call 0330 1230 595, email or visit our website (click here for desktop or here for mobiles and devices) to find out more.


Ops controller Paul Pettigrew retires after 45 years

Happy retirement to Croydon Operations Controller Paul Pettigrew after 45 year’s loyal service at Pickfords!


Joining Pickfords in 1970 as a General Clerk based at Redhill in Surrey, Paul rose through various roles before becoming Wimbledon Branch Manager in 1977, paving the way for an array of management positions across London and the south until he was transferred to Croydon as Operations Controller in 2012, where he remained until his retirement.

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Paul’s colleagues describe him as incredibly helpful, reliable and always working hard to satisfy customers, building great relationships with colleagues across the country.


The retirement party was held at Woodmansterne Sports Centre in Banstead, Surrey, where Paul celebrated his career with his family and colleagues past and present. He told an anecdote of his time as a sales rep: being nervous of dogs, he was unfortunate to visit a customer’s home filled with growling, barking hounds. While the customer was kind enough to keep the dogs away from Paul, part way through surveying the house he was terrified to hear more barking right behind him, only to discover the noise coming from the family’s pet parrot, imitating the dogs!


Paul plans to spend his retirement doing jobs around the house, playing golf and taking much-needed holidays.


Pickfords would like to thank Paul for his service and wish him a very happy retirement.

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Is there a best time to move home?

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For many of us, our home move is dictated by the time it takes to sell our property, find a new home, agree on a price, exchange contracts and the chain remaining in place to allow you to complete.

For those lucky enough to be in control of your move date, the best times of year to move are generally early in the year, and just after the summer holidays. Demand for removals services peaks in the summer and slows at the end of the season, so the costs of moving home is likely to be lower. Most people want to move on a Friday,  so it is more cost effective to move mid-week.

If you have children in school, it’s best to schedule your move around the school calendar. Summer is ideal, as it won’t disrupt the school year and gives the children plenty of time to adjust to the idea of moving, say goodbye to friends and adapt to their new surroundings before school starts again.

Whenever you decide the move home, hiring a professional removal company will help take the strain and ensure your move goes without a hitch. Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, move tens of thousands of people every year, all year round, so you can rest assured you’ll receive a highly professional service, whenever you decide to move.