‘Master Removers’ network launches across UK

Some of the country’s top independent removal and storage firms have banded together to launch a new network of “Master Removers”.

Anthony Ward Thomas

The brainchild of Ward Thomas boss Anthony Ward Thomas, the initiative brings longstanding, mainly family-run businesses with a local rep together under one virtual roof, giving homemovers the scale and logistical heft of a national behemoth.

Resources will be pooled, but members – all of whom belong to the British Association of Removers – will retain their own brands and continue to be managed locally. The founder firms – who range from the 162-year-old Johnsons of Shaftesbury to the 16-year-old Aussie Man and Van – collectively employ over 300 people and post sales of £25m.

A new website and blog have been launched as part of the rollout (well worth reading the great post about Hannibal being the “original Master Remover”).

Here’s the current roster:

  • Anthony Ward Thomas
  • Aussie Man and Van
  • Camp Hopson Removals
  • Johnsons of Shaftesbury
  • Thomas Firbank Removals
  • WH Cox
  • Wood Removals

Anthony Ward Thomas, Chairman: “When you’re moving house, you want to know you can trust someone with all your precious belongings. The Master Removers have been trusted in their local communities for years. We’re excited to announce today that you can trust us across the country.”

Tim Bloch, Group CEO: “We expect Master Removers to be just that: masters of their craft. They achieve the highest standards of excellence in all the skilled and technical aspects of removals, packing and storage. We are now aiming to establish Master Removers as the service benchmark for our industry.”

Charles Rickards, Finance Director: “The Master Removers Group remains one of the most financially robust removals and storage business, growing ten-fold in size over the last twelve years whilst maintaining a consistently good track record in generating above trend levels of profitability.”

Hannibal Barca crossing the Rhône by Henri Motte (1846-1922)