Are reviews important to you when choosing whether or not to spend money on a product or service? At Hackworthy & Sons, we understand that when it comes to purchasing, other people’s experiences can have quite an effect on the decisions that you make, that’s why we became a Which? Trusted Trader.
We are confident that all of our customers are left happy after a home removal with Hackworthy and want future customers to know that they can trust us as their home removals company. The Which? Trusted Trader status of a company is available for all consumers to see, meaning the information and reviews are available to each and every person looking to find a truly trusted company.
We all know that there are some people, who just love to write bad reviews on company websites for no reason. However, with Which? all reviews are put through a moderation process, much like the trusted traders who have to go through assessments before they become accredited by Which?. For example, have you ever been to a restaurant, based on the reviews that you have seen and then arrived at the restaurant and had an awful experience? This could have been influenced by some fake reviews, perhaps providing better reviews than the restaurant deserves. On some review sites, it is so easy to set up an account and leave a review without any sort of moderation process, which is highly likely to result in many “reviewers” not having been customers of the company.
You might be thinking ‘but this will mean that there will be no bad reviews on the Which? site if they are moderated?’ Well…. this is not the case, as much as the Which? status is given to trusted and reliable traders, there are sometimes some reviews that aren't as exceptional as others. The reason for this is that this gives us at Hackworthy & Sons a chance to reply to these reviews to resolve whatever issue the customer may have and ensure that they are provided with the best service possible. Even if, for whatever reason, they have not been left fulfilled with the service that was provided, it is vital that our customers receive the best service, therefore it is essential for us as a company to have the ability to reply to these reviews to resolve any potential worries.
In terms of the assessment process to become a Which? Trusted Trader, this involves an assessment administered by trading standards professionals, to ensure that our consumers' interests are kept at the forefront of our business. To gain our endorsement as a Which? Trusted Trader, Hackworthy had to pass the Which? assessment process, examining the following items of our business:
- Credit report
- Customer satisfaction
- Business procedures
- Interview and assessment
From here, we were then provided a report with feedback from the assessors to ensure that we meet all of the criteria required before we were allowed to join the scheme. Following this, we decided to join the scheme, to prove to our customers that choosing Hackworthy as your house removal company is the right choice.
It is truly important to the team at Hackworthy & Sons that you have the most stress-free moving experience as possible and that’s why we joined the Which? Trusted Trader scheme, to be rest assured that you make the right choice when it comes to choosing a reliable and trusted home removal company.
If you’re looking to relocate to another city within the UK, there are plenty of fantastic options out there for you, some of which have been ranked in the top cities in the world.
Hackworthy & Sons has been providing UK removals services for over 40 years and has moved customers all over the country, therefore we wanted to put together the cities we have found to be the top 10 best cities to live and work in the UK.
So if you’re not sure which city you’d like to move to yet, this might give you some help to make your decision.
We've found Bristol to be amongst the top best UK cities to live in, this is likely to have something to do with it’s ideal location. If you’re wanting to move to the city but still be able to visit the coast for holidays, Bristol is a location to move to in the UK, being so close to the motorways allows you to travel to wherever you need to go to fairly quickly. Additionally to this, moving to Bristol means that you will have an international airport right on your doorstep without the need and hassle of having to travel, allowing you to travel somewhere abroad in the matter of just a few hours.
Perhaps surprisingly, London has not been identified as one of the best UK cities to live in, therefore if you are looking for a similar vibe to London in terms of the work that is on offer, Bristol provides some great opportunities and is often described as a mini London.
If you’re starting up a business and are interested in moving to Bristol, the city ranked 2nd place in the Start-up cities index in 2017 and at that point was home to almost 20,000 businesses. As well as this, Bristol has been found to have a significant percentage (45.6%) of their working population holding university degrees (or equivalents), making this a fantastic city for both employers and employees.
In 2018, following a study from the Royal Mail, Edinburgh was awarded the title of “Most attractive city to Live and Work in” for the UK. This was based on the education options, healthcare, employment potential and more and established that an average weekly salary of workers in Edinburgh calculated to around £578 per week, the second highest to that of a weekly salary in London.
Home to the Royal Bank of Scotland and Aberdeen Standard Investments, Edinburgh makes a great choice of city to move to in the UK for those particularly looking for career options in financial services and banking.
For more information on working and living in Edinburgh, we found this useful blog about Living in Edinburgh which has got some considerable points on why Edinburgh is a great place to work and live. Edinburgh has everything to offer you would expect from a major city including world-class events, international restaurants, and lively nightlife, all within a compact, walkable space. If you are an outdoorsy person you will definitely love Edinburgh since you can find a lot of beautiful destinations and hiking routes around the city but also a lot of green spaces within the city.
If you’re a keen rugby fan and enjoy watching a concert or two, Cardiff is home to two of the cities biggest entertainment venues, The Millenium Stadium and Motorpoint Arena, with this potentially being a good enough reason alone to be one of the best UK cities to live. However, there are obviously many other benefits, including, the connections to other areas in the country, with London and the South West being only a few hours away, similar to that of living and working in Bristol.
Would love to live in London, but don't want to become a victim of the extortionate living costs? Cardiff is a great alternative, with the cost of living being 38% cheaper than living in London, as well as property prices, council tax and general expenses total calculating below the average across the UK.
Those looking for a job in the services sector, in Cardiff, will have a vast choice, being home to many financial services, call centres and insurance companies such as Admiral.
Cardiff has also become increasingly popular with the TV and Film industry with huge names filming here such as Doctor Who and Casualty. This is another industry providing a lot of great job opportunities, contributing to Cardiff being listed as one of the top 10 best UK cities to live in.
York provides a fantastic opportunity in terms of moving with children, thanks to it’s thriving education sector, with over 90% of children attending a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school, helping to contribute to low unemployment levels and high skilled workers.
Looking into working in York, the city was put into second place in the UK for employment, as a result of it’s expanding business services sector driving growth. Like some of the other cities we have discussed, York is also home to some popular brand names, for example, Nestle/Rowntree and Aviva, providing some great job opportunities in the area.
However, thanks to its location, York is on the doorstep of some other great cities with vast amounts of job opportunities such as Manchester.
The city has previously been described as “big enough to feel cosmopolitan and small enough to feel homely” as well as having “the fastest internet in Britain”. If this isn’t one of the best reasons to relocate to York, I don't know what is.
Home to one of the biggest and most prestigious universities in England, it's no surprise that the city succeeds in the education and academic sectors, providing great opportunities for teachers looking to move to Oxford.
The city provides around 114,000 jobs of which some recognisable employers such as BMW, BT, the charity Oxfam and many more contribute to.
With around 40,000 students it is a very young city with lots going on from events of all kinds like music events, comedy and art over to a vibrant nightlife. Oxford offers a lot of parks and green spaces as well and isn’t a big city either which makes it easy to get around.
If you love big city life but London is not your cup of tea, why not consider Reading ? Reading is just a stone’s throw away from London with a 30 minute commute by train. The airports Heathrow and Gatwick are also just a 40 minute bus drive away.
But not just London is easy to commute to, with the M4 around the corner, Reading is a strategically well located city that enables you to easily travel to the Southwest, South Wales or for example Oxford.
The city prides itself with its research intensive University and a flourishing IT sector featuring well known companies like Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle. This, and a steady economic growth make Reading a very attractive city to work and live in.
Reading is also known to have a multicultural and welcoming culture. Being a University City, it offers a vibrant nightlife with clubs, bars and restaurants. But that’s not everything Reading has to offer. Reading also has a lot to offer in terms of Arts and Culture. Next to many small festivals it hosts the famous Reading festival with almost 90,000 visitors each year. But also drama, comedy and art are a big part of Reading’s culture.
Southampton, famously known to be the port where the Titanic departed from in 1912 provides a lot next to its rich history displayed at many museums like the SeaCity museum, the Tudor House and the Solent Sky. The city is also home to 30,000 students studying at two different universities contributing to a very diverse culture. Southampton’s academic reputation has drawn in students from more than 135 countries.
Southampton is the perfect place for you if you enjoy doing water sports or sailing. Right in front of Southampton the Isle of Wight is located where the Cowes Week takes place every year, one of the oldest and most respected regattas in the world. But even if you prefer to spend your free time on dry land, Southampton has a lot to offer with more
The second largest metropolitan economy in the UK, outside of London, if you are searching for a career similar to that of London careers, Birmingham is again a considerable option thanks to its lower cost of living.
The cost of living in Birmingham sees a significant difference in comparison to the cost of living in London - a 22% decrease at the time of writing, to be specific - with the benefit here being that the average starting salary in Birmingham is still similar to London of £30,000. By opting for Birmingham over a move to London, this will likely leave you with more disposable income to enjoy the benefits of the city, and London is still only a couple of hours away if you want to visit.
In terms of living in Birmingham, Did you know in a study carried out at the end of 2018 that Birmingham made the top 50 best places to live in the world? The study rated Birmingham as number 49 in terms of quality of living and number 53 in terms of personal safety. Although the report is often used to determine the attractiveness of a city for businesses, this will have quite a lot to say for those looking to relocate their lives to Birmingham also.
Much like Cardiff, Birmingham hosts a variety of global events in the Birmingham NEC, which not only hosts global stars such as Lady Gaga, but is also the nations No1 venue for trade and consumer shows. Other notable attractions in the city worth visiting is the Sea Life Centre and the infamous Cadbury World.
Home to Media City, Manchester is a fantastic option to consider a move to in the UK if you are interested in a career in media. Another one of the city’s largest sources of employment is the Finance sector, as well as the manufacturing sector which employs 1 in 10 people in Manchester, within companies such as Kelloggs, McVities, Boo Hoo and many more.
Like Birmingham, Manchester is a lot cheaper than the capital city, and has even been found to be slightly cheaper than Birmingham, coming in at 30% cheaper than London.
Neighbouring Manchester is the beautiful location of the Peak District, as well as the coastal resort Blackpool, so whether you are looking for an area to relocate near to the beach or the countryside, Manchester can give you this.
It won’t come as any surprise that Glasgow, is another city that provides a cheaper alternative to London, but it’s also 10% cheaper than the rest of the United Kingdom, with an average salary being approximately £26,000 per year.
In 2018 the Scottish city was ranked as the 10th best places to live and work in the UK, this probably has something to do with it’s beautiful surroundings and vast job opportunities.
With nearly half of the working age population qualified above A-level equivalents, the access to education is one of the many benefits of making a move to Glasgow with a family.
Glasgow is a fantastic place to live if you are looking to live in the city with the benefit of the countryside on a weekend. On your doorstep is Scotland’s first National Park, Loch Lomond, a stunning destination to visit in your spare time to take part in some watersports. You might even see the Lochness Monster!
Looking at all of these cities, it is clear to see that the best uk cities to live in and work are scattered all over the United Kingdom.
If you are considering a move to one of these cities or elsewhere and are looking for removals companies to carry out your move, get in touch with Hackworthy for more information or get a quick quote from our website today.
Fed up of living in the UK and considering moving abroad? Whether you’re thinking of moving for good or just want to spend a few years living overseas so you can tick it off your bucket list, there are many countries that provide you with the opportunity to immigrate with relatively little hassle.
As international removal specialists, Hackworthy & Sons has helped clients relocate to destinations all around the world and we do our best to provide as much support and guidance as we possibly can. To help those who want to emigrate but haven’t quite chosen to where yet, we have taken a look into the easiest countries to immigrate to and put together a list (in no particular order) of those countries that reoccurred during our research.
The first on our list of countries easiest to move to is the UAE. Immigrating to the UAE tends to be a fairly easy process for UK citizens due to the simple visa requirements. When visiting the country there is no need for any advanced arrangements for a trip less than 30 days, however, it is required that you have a sponsor in place should you wish to stay longer than this or move to the area.
A typical sponsorship would be in the form of an employer, so if you think that the UAE is a place you would like to live, make sure that you have an employment offer in place. You will then need to obtain a probationary 3-month work permit, which will allow you to start working immediately.
It is important to note that if you have a family that you would like to join you in the United Arab Emirates, you must be earning a minimum monthly salary of 4,000 AED (approx £800), and if you would like your parents to join you the minimum monthly salary must be 10,000 AED (approx £2,000). Once you and your family have entered the UAE on an entry residence visa, a residence stamp must be applied for within 30 days of arrival.
Another point that makes it easy to move to the UAE is that there are almost no taxes. The money that you earn in your job is yours to keep with no income tax, meaning that you are easily able to budget whether immigrating to the UAE is suitable for you. This benefit is only available to those who permanently move to the UAE, so please bear this in mind if you are only looking to move to the UAE temporarily, as you may still have to pay tax on your income if you are still a tax resident in the UK living in the UAE.
When moving to Germany, this requires little in the way of entry. There is no need to apply for a visa, however you must register within 14 days of arrival at the local Residence Registration office if you plan to stay in the country for more than 3 months. If you are looking to move to Germany before the 31st December 2020, you must apply for a residency permit before 30th June 2020, of which you will only need your passport to apply for this.
For more information on how to apply for a residence permit, GOV.UK has some useful information to help you regarding the rules around brexit.
If you’re looking to move to Australia, the easiest way to do so is by applying for jobs that are listed in their official Skilled Occupations List. If you are qualified for any of the occupations found on the list, you ought to find getting a visa a lot more straightforward. Those who want to emigrate to Australia must also be under the age of 45 at the time they submit their visa application and will also have to pass a health assessment, character assessment, and skills assessment.
Like the NHS in the UK, Australia has its own healthcare system, called Medicare, and it is free for anybody who has permanent residency within the country. This makes Australia another easy country to immigrate to, as there is no need to budget for your healthcare when moving here as this is all taken care of as part of your permanent residency.
In order to apply for permanent residence you will be required to apply for a visa and maybe required to provide photos and fingerprints at an visa application centre and will need to prove on arrival that you have the funds to support yourself in Canada.
For those looking to make a permanent move to Canada, the easiest way to do this is by economic immigration or family reunification. Immigrating with family reunification will require you to have a family member that is a permanent resident, citizen, or registered under the Canadian Indian Act, that is over 18 and can sponsor your move.
Economic immigration tends to be the main path people take when moving to Canada and involves you to move as a skilled worker or investor. Canada provides an express entry program, factoring in age, job, education and language skills to allow people to apply for residence based on the future employment success in the country. UK, Australian and US citizens gain an immediate advantage due to the English language being one of the main languages spoken in Canada. With French also being one of the main languages this same advantage applies to French citizens.
You may also gain residency through an independent visa in Canada, this involves a point based system similar to Australia’s. The points will be based on many of those involved in the previous visa options discussed before, being; age, education, training, skill set and whether you have family in Canada, to gain this visa 67 points are required on assessment.
Switzerland has been identified as an one of the easiest countries to immigrate to due to its UK Swiss-Citizen’s rights agreement, which will protect UK citizens living in Switzerland at the end of the transition period meaning that there will likely be no plans in place to make the overseas removal to Switzerland harder. To immigrate to Switzerland it couldn't be easier for British passport holders, all you need to do is register within 14 days of your arrival at your local office of resident services or alternatively register your new place of residence online.
The only other step to take for residence of more than 3 months is to apply for a residence permit with the local cantonal authority. There is also no need to apply for a work permit in Switzerland if you are a UK citizen, making this another reason Switzerland is an easy place to immigrate to.
If you are looking to move to Iceland from the UK, again there is no need for a visa if you are staying for less than 3 months. However, if you wish to stay for longer than this you must register with Registers Iceland to receive your identification number which you will need to set up a bank account, get internet and telephone connection, receive Icelandic insurance and more.
It is important in this process that you apply for full registration to ensure that you have the right to work in Iceland, as your employer may have applied for a System ID on your behalf for payment and tax purposes (of which this doesn’t include your right to residency).
For anyone looking to move to Iceland within the next year, it is worth considering that the rules around obtaining continuous residency may change after the transition period. It may be worth making the move to Iceland forward and registering for residency before 31st December 2020, for more information on this we’d recommend visiting GOV.UK.
As well as moving to Portugal for the stunning beaches and warm weather, Portugal is also one of the easiest countries to move to, with members of the EU having the ability to move to Portugal for 3 months without registering residency. However, if you are looking to stay longer than 3 months, you have 4 months from the date of your arrival to register at your local Camara Municipal (Town Hall). You will be provided with a residency certificate for up to 5 years, this will allow you to access healthcare, education and social security.
When the certificate expires you will be entitled to apply for a permanent residency from Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Immigration).
With Portugal being a member of the European Union, this is another country that could be susceptible to a harder move after the 31st December 2020, so we’d recommend to keep an eye out on GOV.UK for updates on this.
Similar to many of the other countries discussed, British citizens looking to live in Sweden for less than 3 months are not required to apply for a visa, however you must register with the Sweden Population Register if you plan to stay for longer than 1 year, and will be issued with an ID number.
To register for right of residence you must have the right of residence for a year or more and comprehensive travel insurance. You will automatically be provided with the right or residency if you can prove that you are able to support yourself by having work or studying in place. If you are still looking for a job when moving to Sweden, you will only be provided with 6 months right of residence, meaning that you will be unable to register with the Sweden Population Register if you do not have a job.
To ensure that you are protected as a resident, if you are looking to move to Sweden it is worth considering moving before the Brexit transition period on 31st December 2020, to be sure that you are protected by the withdrawal agreement. For more information and updates on this GOV.UK is the best place to start
- Costa Rica
Costa Rica is yet another country that allows British passport holders to enter the country without the need for a visa, you will be given a 90 day entry stamp, if staying longer than this you may be subject to penalties of $100 per month over your 90 day stay and could be restricted from re-entering the country at a later date. For those looking to permanently move overseas to Costa Rica, you must apply for temporary or permanent residence as well as the permission to work if you are looking to work in Costa Rica, it is recommended to seek professional help with these applications.
Costa Rica also has its own healthcare system, this can be easily accessed from British Nationals by becoming a member of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, where residents are required to pay monthly to be entitled to medical treatment if/ when needed.
Montenegro could be one of the easiest countries to immigrate to for British citizens out of all those discussed, due to the flexibility around the duration of their stay.
You will not be required to have a visa for visits of up to 90 days and will only be required to have a valid British passport for entry and exit from Montenegro. In the course of 6 months British citizens have the right to go in and out of the country where they have days left in those 90 days, all that is required is that you register (within 24 hours of your arrival) and deregister with the local police, on each of these movements.
To move permanently, you must apply for a longer tourist visa or temporary residence permit before the end of your 90 days have finished.
You can also access free emergency care in Montenegro as a British citizen as a result of the reciprocal healthcare agreement that they have with the UK, entitling you to necessary medical treatment during your time in Montenegro, as long as you have evidence of being insured in the UK and have a valid British passport.
These are just some of the easiest countries to immigrate to, there are many other benefits to moving to each of these countries in terms of culture, cost of living and more, however these are the countries that we have found to have the easiest immigration regulations.
It is important to remember that on 1st January 2021 the withdrawal agreement will likely cause some changes to the regulations when moving abroad, and could result in a harder immigration process for countries within the European Union.
If you are considering emigrating, Hackworthy & Sons have over 40 years of experience providing international & european removals and can help you through every step of the process wherever you are moving in the world.
Have you ever sat on holiday and thought “I could live here”? If the answer is yes, did you consider the challenges that could face you, if you were to put this into reality? Be it a higher standard of living or a slower pace of life, it goes without saying that there are many benefits to living abroad but you don’t want to fall into the trap of identifying the opportunities without also pin-pointing the potential pit-falls.
At Hackworthy and Sons, we specialise in Overseas removals and have been helping people move overseas from the UK for almost 50 years. We’ve learned a thing or two in that time and thought we’d share what we’ve found to be the 7 most common challenges of moving to another country.
First up, the most likely challenge you could face is the language barrier. If you’ve never lived in a different country then this is something you will have only ever experienced on holiday. When moving to another country, you have most probably got to know some of the main phrases of the country's language and learn the basics to get you around day-to-day.
However, when it comes to humour and slang this will take some getting used to for those that don't speak the native language. Perhaps, look at doing some language classes online before moving abroad to ensure that you are comfortable with the basic conversational language in your new home country.
Truth be told, most people who move overseas from the UK find that can get by well enough on English alone. That said, learning a new language can be incredibly rewarding and will allow you to get the very best out of your new home.
Finding a job
If you haven’t moved abroad as a result of a job, then finding a job could be another challenge that you could face depending on the role that you are looking for and the destination that you are moving to.
In countries such as Australia, they have a Skilled Occupations List (SOL) that lists the occupations acceptable for immigration to there. In order for you to qualify for skilled migration to Australia you must nominate an occupation that you have experience in from the SOL and will be assessed by an authorised agency before being eligible to use occupation points. You then require a minimum number of points for immigration to Australia.
Not all countries provide this level of information and some are certainly easier to immigrate to than others. While not strictly necessary for all common immigration destinations, we would always recommend that you have a job in place before moving overseas. Securing a job offer or sponsor prior to moving is one of the biggest obstacles you will likely face, but doing so will help to ensure your financial security and peace of mind.
It is reasonable to feel a sense of loneliness when moving to another country and away from your friends and family. This is true whether you have moved on your own or with a partner and children, so fully expect to experience some sense of isolation.
Your loved ones and the support they may have otherwise given if they were close can no longer be relied upon as easily and will only help remotely for the most part. Even if you lived far apart before, being countries or even continents apart changes things. It’s strange and hard to explain, but a 6-hour drive is not the same as a 6-hour flight. Again, this will take getting used to at the start of your new life in a new country but once you have begun to meet new people and make friends, you will build a support network around you like you would have had before.
Distance from home
This point is somewhat related to the one above regarding loneliness, however, there is a difference. While loneliness is an emotional response to distance, distance can also introduce some practical issues.
The distance from home removes the ease of popping around to your friends or family should you or they need any help. This is extremely challenging for some to deal with and it’s common to worry about how helpless you may feel should something go wrong back home.
In times like this, it’s important to remember that the world is a lot smaller than it once was. You can generally get anywhere you’d need to be within a 24 hour period, with a few exceptions, and you may actually find yourself closer to home despite being further away. After all, it takes 3 to 4 hours to get to London from Plymouth, but only 2 hours 20 minutes from Barcelona.
Where to meet new people
As we have just mentioned, making new friends is vital in making you feel comfortable when moving to a new place. Therefore, another potential consideration to bear in mind is how to meet new people, as once you have this solved this will help you make new friends and settle you into your new life. You might want to think about visiting the local shops, gym or even the local parks, where you can strike up conversations easily with those around you.
Finding your favourite foods from home
You may be very excited about living in another country that provides a different kind of cuisine to what you are used to. However, this also comes with the issue of potentially missing the foods from your old life and being unable to purchase in the country that you have moved to.
Fortunately, globalisation has made once-elusive food and drink items more easily accessible abroad, especially in countries where e-commerce is well-established. Moving to countries with large ex-pat communities also increases the likelihood of being able to get your hands on your favourite foods and drinks. In fact, you may find new favourites as you try foods and drinks native to other foreign countries as well as your new home.
Choosing The Best Shops
You are probably aware of the best places to purchase items in your home country, however, moving to another country poses this as a challenge you are most likely to face. Being unfamiliar with your surroundings could influence you to shop for food in convenience stores as you have seen them around. However, it is worth researching the other local shops in the area that provide a better value for money. This may require you to travel just a little bit further or may even make you aware of the shops that are near to you that you haven't noticed since moving.
Whether one of the seven above or something completely different, you’re going to experience challenges when moving overseas. This is to be expected and you should never lose sight of the fact that these challenges can be overcome, often with surprisingly positive results.
If you’re considering moving to another country, at Hackworthy we have over 40 years experience in overseas removals around the world and can offer budgets to suit everyone, get a quote for your move abroad today.
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Everybody knows everybody
You probably don’t know the lady that smiled at you in the butchers, or the man that said ‘Morning!’ as you were walking your dog but that’s just the English countryside. As soon as you move here you’ll feel like your social circle has grown tenfold. If you need to nab some milk when you first move in then you can ask your neighbour with no hesitation. The family vibe that comes from quaint English villages is totally unbeatable.
Night times are so much clearer and calmer
The best vantage point to see the stars is from the most remote country location. Minimal light pollution and cloud coverage can give you the most spectacular sky views. If that’s not enough to convince you that you belong in a farmhouse in the countryside then we don’t know what is! Combine your newly-discovered starry nights with some friends, a campfire and food for a classic countryside get together.
You won’t go a day without seeing some wildlife
From Skylarks to horses and everything in between don’t be surprised if your morning commute is disrupted by a herd of sheep. The countryside is the home to thousands of cattle, birds and dogs so don’t worry about taking your pooch to the pub for a few either, they’re probably welcome with open arms. Cocker Spaniels and sheepdogs are a firm favourite out in the sticks so if you really want to get in with the locals we recommend carrying around some dog treats!
The air is crisp, clean and healing
The UK countryside has some of the cleanest air in the UK with extremely low pollution levels. Thanks to all the green pastures, plants and foliage the air is completely different to the stifling, warm air of inner cities. You can start off your mornings with a walk to get you awake, alert and ready for the day!
HSBC’s Expat Explorer Report for 2015 has ranked countries and territories on the opinions of expats based on questions about economics, their family life and their overall expat experience. 39 countries from Brazil to Bahrain have had their expats quizzed on these three categories, with the scores being totalled to give the final ranking. Which of the following makes you want to move overseas?
Singapore is a tiny island nation just off the coast of Malaysia with a high population of expats and a fantastic array of cultures. Known as the Lion City, Singapore is a hit with expats due to its tropical climate, strong economy and the fact that English is one of 4 official languages. This location is also renowned for its very environmentally friendly ‘Green Policy’ and its extreme low tolerance to crime, making it one of the safest expat destinations you could relocate too.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand is a popular choice among Brits, with expats favouring how easy it is to integrate into the ‘Kiwi’ culture and finding that settling down is extremely easy. With a strong economy and links to British sporting events like Rugby Union and Cricket, Brits typically feel right at home. Another important item the Expat Explorer Report noted was that those who move here live a more healthy lifestyle, being encouraged to be active by the weather and the general mindset of resident New Zealanders. Considering emigrating? Find out how we can help.
In the 2015 HSBC Expat Explorer report Sweden came first in the ‘family’ category with the education system, government attitudes towards family policies and the quality of life all contributing to this. Sweden offers parents of newborns 480 days of leave which can be split between the mother and father, making it a very attractive place to start a family. With free healthcare and a wealth of cultural highlights, this economic powerhouse is unsurprisingly the 3rd best place for expats to live.
Bahrain is a country which offers higher average salaries, a warm welcome to expats and a ‘straightforward financial landscape’ meaning that adapting to different tax practices is easy. When asked expats did note that living costs are relatively high, with the average spend on this being 53% of their salary however 68% of those asked said they had a higher disposable income than they did previously. Combine the extensive opportunity to take in the Middle Eastern culture with the tropical climate of this island in the Persian Gulf and you’ve got a fantastic expat destination.
Expat residents of Germany benefit massively from this economic superpower with 49% of those asked saying that their career has advanced more quickly since moving. Job security and a healthy work/life balance are other contributing factors to Germany clinching the 5th spot on the Expat Explorer report. Other contributing factors include Germany’s long history of culture, the embedded folk traditions at Christmas time and Germany’s fashion scene. Fancy settling down in time for the festive season? Moving to Europe is easier than ever with our services,
Office spaces are almost as important as who is actually in the office because it can affect productivity, creativity and the health of your employees. So finding the right balance between work and play is pivotal. The office needs to be functional more than anything. It may look great to have all ‘stand-up’ desks, but employees will eventually get tired of standing and lose the creativity you’re trying to inspire. However introducing stand-up meeting rooms for 20-minutes-or-less meetings only is likely to provoke fresh, engaging ideas and give employees mini-breaks from sitting down.
When you’re designing an office space it’s good to consult your employees. Ask them what they do and don’t want, what would be best for them and for how they work. Involving new employees in design is also a great way to spark future collaborations. If employees work together to create their own workspace, they’ll have something in common already.
Shared areas are the best way to encourage teamwork. A square office with a round ‘coffee hub’ in the middle, complete with worktops and plug sockets, is a sure fire way to get people engaged and talking. It also gets employees moving. Sitting in one spot for 4 hours can suck the creativity out of some people, so let employees wander and change their workspace frequently. Why work at a desk from 9 to 5 when you could work in a cosy pod for 2 hours, stand for 30 minutes and then set up shop in a repurposed storage container? Why work inside when it’s sunny and you’ve got a roof garden? It’s all re-energising, re-invigorating and different!
Not only does layout of an area affect employees’ productivity and efficiency there are plenty of other factors to consider. Light, colours, plants and spatial design can all be points for change and while you don’t have to think of everything but it’s good to cover the most important bases. Let’s take light for example. Do you work better in a dark, dingy room or an open room with a high-ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows? The correct amount of light can be the difference between creative genius and stagnant ideas.
The style and colour of an office is also conducive to good work, especially when there’s a playful element. The kind of ‘wow, have you seen this?’ conversation that any employees can spark up with each other encourages creativity through group bonding and an eventual lack of self-consciousness, freeing people up to volunteering new ideas.
Combining styles such as industrial rooms featuring exposed brickwork with neon, textured wall installations can be a fab way to inject a fun, youthful feel into a workspace. It works with just about any style! Try combining kitsch or vintage meetings tables with modern chairs to accentuate and highlight the differences in both, it’s a cool talking point too. If you’re not sold on that, try angular, geometric patterns on every wall and place contrasting rounded desks and chairs near by.
The easiest way to re-create your office workspace is to stick with pale coloured walls and go crazy for colours of desks, chairs, posters, and even pens, post-it notes and coffee cups! The contrasting colours will bring fresh, vibrant air and a new motivation
A Help To Buy ISA, not to be confused with the Help To Buy Scheme, is a savings product that is rewarded with tax-free bonuses for money that is saved towards a deposit on a new home. Aimed at first time buyers only, the government will pay a ‘bonus’ of £50 for every £200 saved.
As well as receiving tax-free interest (available on all ISA products), with the maximum government bonus of £3,000 available, this savings plan will mean a 25% boost for anyone who has never previously owned their own home. In addition, if two first-time buyers are making a purchase together, they are able to save into two separate ISAs, offering up to an extra £6,000.
The government bonus is claimed via your solicitor during the purchase of your property, so whilst the savings made in a Help To Buy ISA do not have to be used to buya house, if you decide not to proceed with a property purchase, you will not receive this additional money.
To qualify you will need to have saved at least £1,600 within your Help To Buy ISA. This will then entitle you to an initial £400 reward. The maximum property value in London eligible to be purchased using a Help To Buy ISA is £450,000, and for the rest of the country the maximum property value will be £250,000.
Further terms & conditions apply and to find out more and check if you are eligible, visit the Help to Buy website. However, we do advise that you talk to an Independent Mortgage Advisor for expert help on buying your first property.
It’s only when you begin to put the entire content of your house into boxes that you realise how much stuff you actually have to move! If you’re packing your own things then we recommend that you start packing around two weeks before your move so that you won’t have to rush it during the days before the move.
2 weeks may sound a little early but when you’re packing you always start with the stuff that you use least. So if there’s a cupboard in the spare room for example, start with that! Emptying these ‘storage cupboards’ that house old photos, christmas decorations and things like that which you don’t use on a daily basis is efficient and can allow you time for a bit of a clear-out. A declutter can make the move easier and probably cheaper. Plus you’ll be doing something nice for any charities and foundations you donate too – we’ve listed some places that take unwanted items here.
Labelling is super important. Moving 20+ cardboard boxes is bad but moving 20 identical brown boxes that are sealed is not a pain that you want to bring upon yourself. Clearly write the room name on each box and you can save yourself so much time and effort when it comes to moving in as well as unpacking!
You don’t want to be missing out on any of your bank statements, local newspapers and birthday cards so letting everyone know of your change of address is critical. Especially because you don’t want any confidential details going to the new owners of your home! Below is a basic list of things you’ll need to update:
- Your bank details
- Your internet, television and phone provider
- Your insurance providers, especially car and home insurance
- DVLA records (up to a £1,000 fine if your address is wrong)
- Redirect your mail via Royal Mail
- TV Licensing
Hopefully our ‘2 weeks before the move’ guide is going to help make your move smooth and streamlined. Don’t forget you’re welcome to give us a call for advice or view our full guide for more in depth help!
Hackworthy and Sons has been a family run business for over 40
years. Taking on second and third generation Hackworthy family members is an intrinsic part of how we run our business so the arrival of our fourth generation family member is great news for the team and the family!
Tom Hackworthy is our newest recruit and apprentice. He is the son of Vicky Hackworthy, granddaughter to the founder of Hackworthy&Sons, Ron Hackworthy. At just 16 years old Tom’s taking to the family business early and is making an excellent start.
His apprenticeship in Commercial Moving will see him work full time, learning our refined trade, and undertaking 10 study modules including health and safety, customer care, regulations, logistics and key problem solving skills.
The Hackworthy family can’t wait for Tom to develop and grow into a fantastic employee and to inspire the next generation of Hackworthy family members.
We’ve been professional removers for over 40 years, with family at the heart of what we do. With that in mind, we’re looking for experienced removal crew members to join our Hackworthy family and build even more on the great Hackworthy brand.
We’re seeking both porters and drivers so a driving qualification isn’t essential but would be desired for both roles. General duties will include packing commercial and business items safely, liaising with clients to fulfil their needs and working as part of an experienced team to deliver the best service to our customers.
With the ability to work well in a team, we’re hoping that you’ll have a polite and well-mannered disposition, great communication skills, and a drive to succeed and meet deadlines. We’re also hoping you’ll be physically fit in order to be able to lift heavy items with due care and attention!
Here at Hackworthy we help businesses move offices all the time so we know the pressures and understand that it’s fairly difficult to make sure everything’s in order. There’s so much more to consider than when you’re moving house because for starters, there’s usually more of you! We know just how to help your day run as smoothly as possible and how to have you back to normal ASAP so we’ve compiled a simple, and hopefully helpful, list of tips to get you through your office move without a hitch!
- Knowing the floor plan of your new office space is key. This way you can decide if you need to store any extra desks you don’t need for now and you can plan which items goes into the van first and last. It’s a way more efficient way of unpacking!
- Use the office move as an excuse to sort through old files and paperwork. You can shred all the bits you don’t need, cutting on costs, legwork and moving time. Our sister company, Plymouth Self Storage, can even shred it for you! Start your new lease clutter free and ready to be productive.
- Don’t leave your employees in the dark. If they’re not clued up on all the details of the move, then they can’t be as efficient as possible. Hold a team meeting to ensure questions are answered and you could even delegate so employees know what they can do to help.
- If you’re moving computers and unplugging leads it’s so easy for work to be lost if you haven’t made sure things are shut down properly. Make sure you back up all of your folders onto a hard drive prior to moving, just in case.
- Secure any personal files you have on clients or employees, to be confident that you’re not in breach of the data protection act by allowing third parties access to these files.
- Organisation is key in a big move, especially with a business relocation so make sure that you label boxes, organise your files and categorise everything. Allocating boxes for employee information, company documents and client files will help you more efficiently unpack and get business back to normal.
- Call your utility suppliers in advance and change addresses to get your services redirected. By calling ahead of your move you’ll avoid things such as Internet downtime.
- Make sure you tell your customers you’re moving! There’s nothing worse than your clients turning up at your old office and thinking you’ve gone bust. It’s bad for business via word of mouth and your clients may just take their business elsewhere. It may also be true of new clients looking to talk to a team member so make sure your materials and online presence are up to date.
If you’re thinking about your office move, give one of our team members a call for a chat.
PAPPA Golf Day takes place this year on Friday 19th June and Hackworthy are once again sponsoring this great event. For the fourth year in a row Hackworthy will be the main sponsor for this worthy cause, Horizons. The Plymouth Area Property Professionals Association charity golf event aims to raise money for this brilliant charity as they help disadvantaged and disabled children from communities in Plymouth improve self-confidence and social skills through water-based activities.
The event includes a full round of golf and an evening meal followed by entertainment. Some of the entertainment is in the form of games!
Every year Horizons helps hundreds of young children in around 3,000 sessions so it’s an honour to us to be able to support these disadvantaged young adults in building confidence, social and practical skill sets.
Hackworthy & Sons is one of the leading, and largest, removal companies in the South West, covering most of Devon and Cornwall. We began our empire in 1972, establishing ourselves as a trustworthy, family-owned business and founded by former RAF pilot Ron Hackworthy. Ron’s son Reg and his wife Ruth now run Hackworthy alongside third generation Hackworthy’s; their son Kevin and their daughter Vicky with the 4th generation also set to join the family business.
We weren’t always a removal company though, we started out as a parcel courier firm but identified that we needed to diversify in order to flourish in the market. We began moving new furniture that then turned into carrying out removals up and down Devon. This was the real turning point, in 1976, in which we started seeing massive growth and potential for more and just four years after Hackworthy was founded the business quickly took off and we began leasing a warehouse in Prince Rock, which we later purchased.
When Reg and Ruth took over Hackworthy in 1991, they began winning multiple national and local removal and distribution contracts and 15 years ago expanded Hackworthy into the self-storage industry. Although the self-storage aspect of our business grew slowly from only a handful of our warehouse units, we eventually saw the potential that the self-storage element had as an individual company. Plymouth Self Storage was born which now operates from 2 sites in Plymouth.
Reg and Ruth together accumulated many awards and accreditations including, in 1999, the BSEN12552 in Domestic Removals. This is a stamp of quality and standards, showcasing a businesses commitment to deliver high-class service and we became one of the very first companies in the UK to achieve this.
Then in 2004 Hackworthy spotted another gap in the market and we decided to expand our current business. SP Cocks Removals of St Austell was our next step and we acquired them just four years before we expanded our Plymouth Self Storage business by leasing a second warehouse.
Hackworthy, Plymouth Self Storage and SP Cocks are all thriving businesses which continue to grow every year. We hope that our history really shows the dedication, drive and enthusiasm that we have for delivering such a high quality removals and storage service.
Hackworthy and Sons is proud to announce that we have become the first removal company in Plymouth to be given the Which? Trusted Traders.
The accredited status is an absolute privilege as we are the first in Plymouth and we had to complete a full complaints audit as well as an onsite visit. Which? are consumer champions so to be recognised as the trustworthy and client-friendly company that we are is something we’re extremely proud of.
This is another achievement and recognition for us in a long line of accreditations from other organisations. You may remember that in 2011 we were awarded the British Standards for Domestic Removals badge after passing an inspection every year for 10 years with flying colours. As well as this we were finalists in the competition organised by the British Association of Removers to find the ‘Domestic Mover of the Year’.
Our Managing Director Vicky Hackworthy is delighted to achieve the coveted accreditation from Which? as she said: “They have been synonymous with championing the needs of the consumer for such a long time, people trust the Which? brand.”
The title comes just as we enter our 43rd year of being one of the leading and now the most trusted removal company in Plymouth.
Find out more about Which? and see our Trusted Trader listing here.
We have just completed the delivery of a large number of Lenkiewicz’s painting to Leipzig, Germany on behalf of the Lenkiewicz Foundation.
It is the first exhibition in Germany of paintings by British artist Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) to be held at Spinnerei, Leipzig between 23 June and 21 July.
It’s fair to say this is not the kind of job we complete every-day and there was a fair amount of nail-biting in the office but the guys did a great job;
“Our Leipzig adventure is going well so far, thanks in large part to your drivers Jay & Jason. They were very helpful, we enjoyed working with them. They are pictured beside our largest painting Plymouth Building it’s Future.”
JP Somerville, Lenkiewicz Foundation
We wish the Lenkiewicz Foundation every success with their exhibit. For more information on the exhibit please click here
Good Deed No; 5
Gareth O’Brein is fundraising with the aim of climbing 5 mountains after being in remission for 5 years. He is currently in Peru about to rembark on the first of the five peaks; Machu Picchu in Peru.
Gareth is climbing in support of Orchid, the male cancer charity which exists to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness. He has already raised over £4000 and people can donate on his Just Giving Page.
We have been able to help by donating some equipment and wish him all the best.
You can follow his progress in his Facebook page.
Good Deed No; 4
There will be lots of busy green fingers this year at the Pelican Centre Centre this summer.
They have installed raised beds for the children to learn about gardening and to explore the outside environment. We have been able to donate new equipment so the children can get hands on.
The Pelican Childrens Centre opened its doors in September 1997 to provide parents who wanted to return to work or further their education with affordable childcare. They have gone from strength to strength and have been awarded “Outstanding” by OFSTED which is the highest grade in childcare standards.
Good Deed No : 3
One good reason to say thank you, 40,000 reasons to fell assured.
We would like to say thanks to all our customers this year by giving them £40,000 of free removal insurance.
Ensuring your goods are fully protected against damage during the removal process is vital to your peace of mind. The industry standard is to provide a limited liability cover within the basic removal cost and charge to provide full insurance cover.
Throughout this year we will be providing cover to the value of £40,000* just as a thanks for putting your trust in us during this stressful time.
Just book your removal with us in 2013 and we’ll do the rest.
Moving soon and need a quote? Fill out our on-line full quotationor give us an call on and 01752 228815 and we will arrange for one of our estimators to call and complete a survey.*Excludes Marine Cover
Good Deed No; 2
Western College Players are Plymouths oldest amateur theatre group they perform number of shows each year, past productions have included The Graduate, Kes and Little Women.
In January we were able to provide free transport for their equipment and props for their performance of The Railway Children in the Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal. Lots of hard work is put into these great performances and we were pleased to be able to offer our help.
Check out their webpage for upcoming performances; http://www.westerncollegeplayers.com/index.html
Good Deed No: 1
Ex –teacher Debbie Williams and all her helpers have been working tirelessly to collect donated items from local schools and individuals to ship to The Gambia for use in the local school and community of Madiana.
Since 2008 Debbie has helped improve lives of children in Madiana through education and skills training. Check out the photos of the local children painting for the first time items. We are really pleased that we are able to provide storage for all the donated until they are ready to be shipped.
Did you know just £25 will pay for a child to attend school for the year! Check out their facebook page for ways to help, donate or to just find out more; https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gambian-Projects/109785972388767?fref=ts
We are very pleased to announce that we have recently passed a British Standards for Domestic Removals Inspection conducted by Quality Service Standards Limited. The inpection has been conducted on an annual basis since 2001 and we have passed it every year. We were the first company in the South West to pass this inspection.
These are some comments from this years report;
“The company is obviously well managed and operates to a hight standard,”
“The client is recommended for continued certification to this standard.”
We are thrilled with this result and look to continue this high standard of service offered to our customers.
Plymouth based removal company Hackworthy & Sons have agreed to offer their ongoing support to local charity Shekinah. As run as running a Drop-In Centre In Bath Street, Shekinah also run a Hostel in the city as well as delivering a number of key rehabilitation courses for substance mis-users.
Hackworthy & Sons are looking to encourage their customers to donate any unwanted clothes, blankets and electrical items, these items can either be given directly to the homeless, used with their hostel or sold to raise much needed funds via their shop at Union Street. Company Director Vicky Hackworthy explained; “When people move house it is a natural time to de-clutter. Very often people decide to discard perfectly good items, just because they no longer personally need them. We will be asking our customers to allow us to pass on these items to Shekinah, having seen their work at first hand we know that they will point any items to really good use”.
Local businesses can play a significant part in sustaining the future of Shekinah ; “Smart, creative, long term partnerships like these can really change the lives, aspirations, achievements and skills of local, vulnerable people,” says John Hamblin, chief executive, Shekinah. “Long term corporate support from the business community is essential for our charity to thrive and has a positive impact on all sides. With Hackworthy and Son’s help, we can drive up donations and continue to move Shekinah forward,” he adds.
Devon based removal company Hackworthy & Sons are the latest high profile sponsor to support Kingsbridge Rugby Club. The blue and whites will be sporting a brand new away kit which is a reverse of the current home strip and features Hackworthy & Sons as main sponsor.
Hackworthy & Sons are one of Devon’s largest removal companies. Established in 1973, they have built an enviable reputation for quality and service and specialise in local, national and international relocations.
Geoff Robins the Sponsorship Manager for Kingsbridge Rugby commented; “We are delighted to welcome Hackworthy & Sons on board as a sponsor. They have a first class reputation within the area, they are precisely the kind of company who we are looking to support us. I am looking forward to developing a long-term relationship that benefits the club and sponsor alike”.
Vicky Hackworthy, Director of Hackworthy & Sons said; “We are delighted to support Kingsbridge Rugby, they are a very successful club which has a real family environment, as a family run business ourselves we know that this can be a very important component towards developing success. Kingsbridge and the South Hams are very important areas for our business so we are delighted to show our support for the club and for the area”.
As well as supporting the first XV Hackworthy & Sons will also be supporting the junior rugby within the club.