Pickfords turns its small print large to help customers avoid the unexpected

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals company, has abandoned the traditional practice of small print by making its terms and conditions into large, easy-to-read print, encouraging its customers to read and understand important points that they should note when moving home.

Peter Gower, Pickfords’ Legal Services Manager, championed the project following a series of customer issues that could have been easily avoided if the customer had fully read the terms and conditions of their contract.

The new terms and conditions have been written to reflect the current legal landscape with the introduction of the Consumer Rights Act and new data protection legislation which will come into effect this year, the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation.

Peter said:

“It is really important that customers understand what they are signing up to. Although there are more pages, its easier to read because the print is larger and the most vital sections are clearly highlighted.”

Pickfords’ Interim Managing Director, Mark Taylor, welcomed the initiative:

“The Large Print has made it easier for employees to learn and understand our terms and conditions and clearly explain the details to their customers. By championing this initiative, we aim to reduce the misunderstandings and miscommunication that can occur when customers do not fully read the terms and conditions of their removals contract.”

Pickfords golf day raises £3,300 for Cancer Research UK!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored and donated to our charity golf day last week; together we raised over £3,300 for Cancer Research UK!

This year’s event was held at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Hertfordshire, featuring 18 holes across the 7,052 yard course.

Eighteen teams featuring Pickfords employees, clients, partners and suppliers all completed for the coveted 1st place trophy, while individual players bustled for the Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and Best Player awards.

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


BBC awards moving services Framework agreement to Pickfords Business Solutions

Following a formal and robust bid procedure lead by Martin Budd and Pat Hughes, Pickfords Business Solutions is proud to announce that the company has been awarded a place on the new moving services framework agreement issued recently by the BBC.

The BBC considered proposals from a large number of potential suppliers and following a rigorous and diligent selection process that covered a broad series of elements including; relevant experience, capabilities, innovation, commercials, quality controls to name just a few, Pickfords Business Solutions has been awarded a coveted place on the framework. The commercial moving team will be working with the BBC in a number of ways on its internal and external relocation programme across the UK and Ireland.

Head of Business Solutions Martin Budd said,

“We are delighted to have been awarded a place on the BBC framework and are looking forward to working collaboratively with the BBC to help the corporation achieve its workplace change projects over the next three years.”

Introducing the Pickfords children’s carton

Pickfords has launched a new carton aimed at young children, featuring illustrations of a Pickfords move in progress, to them engage with the move process and understand what’s involved.

Designed to be educational and fun, the drawings are left blank for children to colour in, with space to practice writing their name at the top.

The cartons can also be used to pack toys and games, to encourage children to be involved in the move process.

To order your cartons before move day, simply speak to your move manager when you first enquire with Pickfords.

For a family friendly home move, contact Pickfords on 0800 019 8556, get an online estimate or request a call back.

New technology revolutionises moving home with Pickfords

Pickfords, the UK’s largest and best known removals and storage company has launched new technology to save its customers’ time when they move home.

Traditionally, home movers need to take a day off to arrange for removals companies to come and view the property prior to issuing a quotation.  Now arranging a survey is as simple as making a Facetime call.

Pickfords customers can now download an app to their smartphone,  which allows them to speak face to face with their Move Consultant. They can then video their home and the goods they need to move while the Move Consultant watches remotely and assesses their requirements.

The video is recorded and stored on a secure cloud based server and is an accurate record of the goods to be moved. Surveys can now be booked at a time that is convenient to the customer, including evenings and weekends.

Pickfords has over 25 trained Video Surveyors and has conducted 1,800 video surveys so far.

Consumer Director Mark Taylor said,

“We find that customers of all ages are using the video survey as an alternative to a home visit. The benefits to our customers are that they can book a time for their survey during the day or in the evening, the time taken to conduct a survey is shorter, and we can provide a quotation much quicker.”

Book a video survey today at www.pickfords.com.

The benefits of using a BAR-certified moving company

When moving home, you want to be confident that your removal company can be trusted to meet your needs without any issues. Whether you’re about to undergo a small, local move or are shipping a large household overseas, assurance that your goods are in safe hands will be paramount.

For over 100 years, The British Association of Removers (BAR) has promoted excellence within the removals industry, awarding membership only to reputable, professional and safe British removal companies.

To be a member of BAR, a moving company must meet a range of stringent criteria and undergo regular inspections to check that their employees, processes, facilities and vehicles all meet the highest standards set out in the BAR Code of Practice.

Customers choosing to work with a BAR-certified moving company can rest assured that their move will be handled with the utmost care and attention. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, the BAR’s advice and conciliation service to help resolve the matter.

Choosing a BAR-certified removal company guarantees the best possible service, giving you peace of mind throughout your move.

To find out about moving home with a founding member of the BAR; contact Pickfords for expert local, national and international packing and removals. Click here for a quote or find out more.

Pickfords expands Business Solutions division

Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, has announced the expansion of its Business Solutions division with the appointment of two key roles within London and the North of England.

With significant industry experience and a remit to support greater account management, new projects and customer care, Paul Bray and Paul Harrison have joined Pickfords’ Business Solutions team.

Returning from a short period with Crown Records Management, Paul Bray makes a welcome return to Pickfords as a Key Account Manager in the North West of England. Prior to Crown, Paul spent over fifteen years with Pickfords in the commercial storage and moving division.

Paul Harrison has spent 20 years in the commercial removals industry, including time with Cadogan Tate, Crown and Harrow Green, winning and managing major accounts in key sectors, including local government, higher education and professional services.

In their new roles, Paul and Paul will be furthering the growth of Pickfords’ Business Solutions division developing existing contracts and supporting new projects as part of a long-term strategy to expand into new markets and to continually improve the service Pickfords delivers to its clients.

“I am delighted to welcome these two seasoned professionals to our team,” said Martin Budd, Head of Business Solutions at Pickfords. “I look forward to working with these experienced professionals, especially as they help us to drive our differentiated proposition and develop our market-leading customer experience programme.”

Paul Bray option 1.jpg

Paul Bray

Paul Harrison.jpeg

Paul Harrison

Win a WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toy! [competition now closed]

To celebrate the release of director Steven Spielberg’s THE BFG, in UK cinemas July 22, Pickfords, the official removals partner of The BFG Dream Jar Trail, is offering children the chance to win one of three WHIZZPOPPING BFG soft toys!

Encourage your child to draw their favourite dream and write their name in The BFG’s empty Dream Jar, take a photo of them with the drawing and post it as a Facebook Status on facebook.com/Pickfords or Tweet it to @Pickfords before 31 August 2016.


We’ ll announce the winning entries via Facebook and Twitter on 13 September 2016. The winners will be contacted via direct message so we can post your prize!

To find out more about The BFG Dream Jar Trail and the new film, visit http://www.visitlondon.com/bfg.

© 2016 Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC

Moving back to the UK: a repat checklist


Has the sun set on your time abroad? Whatever your reason for returning to the UK, there are a number of things to remember as you prepare. Here’s our handy checklist for UK repatriates:

Get your tax affairs in order:

Update your health records:

  • Register with a UK GP and dentist
  • Notify your medical and travel insurance providers
  • Transfer your GP, dental and other healthcare records to the UK

Sort out your children’s schools:

  • Notify your children’s host schools that they will be leaving
  • Contact your local UK education authority to arrange school places in your home county

Prepare to move home:

  • Arrange to sell or end the lease on your foreign property
  • Arrange for accommodation in the UK
  • Notify your bank, building society, utility companies and local council (for electoral registration) in both your host country and the UK of your new address
  • Arrange to have your mail forwarded to the UK
  • Book your international removal company

If you’re looking to return to the UK, find out about moving with Pickfords, get a quote or contact us on 0800 019 8557 or enquiries@pickfords.com

Culture clash: UK v New Zealand


One of the most popular destinations for UK expats, New Zealand offers a rich multi-culture, low tax rates, slow pace of life, affordable food and fuel, and of course a sub-tropical climate and all the fantastic outdoor views and activities that come with it!

Convinced? Well, as with any new country, settling into New Zealand is contingent on understanding and embracing a different culture. So what are the main differences between UK and New Zealand, and how can expats avoid culture clash?

Outdoor lifestyle
If your idea of a social event is a group Netflix marathon, prepare to be taken out of your comfort zone. Make friends in New Zealand and you may find yourself fishing, sailing, rowing, skiing, surfing, playing rugby, hiking (known locally as ‘tramping’), mountain biking… to name a few possible activities!

How to counter culture clash: Always be open to trying new things, and recognise such activities as the best way to bond with the locals.

Low class consciousness
While the UK is still influenced by the concept of social class, this idea is largely absent in New Zealand. The country is a multicultural melting pot, and locals usually mix across socio-economic groups.

How to counter culture clash: Talk to everyone. We’re all human after all.

Casual dress
Corporate dress code is company and industry dependent, but typically more casual than in the UK. Outside of work, locals wear a lot of black, and tend not to ‘dress up’ for clubbing or parties.

How to counter culture clash: Get advice about dress code before starting your new job. If attending a special event, ask the host, but in many cases casual will be fine.

Casual attitude
New Zealanders’ laid back attitude can be disconcerting, especially in the workplace. Timekeeping especially is not so rigid as in UK business.

How to counter culture clash: Don’t misconstrue a relaxed approach as lack of care.

Local slang
While 96% of New Zealanders speak English, the local tongue includes several phrases that will be lost on the average Brit.

How to counter culture clash: Brush up on common New Zealand phrases before you arrive. If you don’t understand what someone said, just ask, but be prepared to explain your own Britishisms.

With partner offices in 12 key cities, Pickfords relocates hundreds of expats to New Zealand every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, visit our website or call 0800 019 8557.