Category Archives: Hackworthy News

Saving for your first home is simpler with a Help To Buy ISA

help-to-buy-isaA 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.

first-time-buyer-contractTo 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.

 

Welcoming the fourth generation of Hackworthy family members

Hackworthy Apprentice HiredHackworthy 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.

Join the Hackworthy family – We’re Recruiting!

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!

For more information on the jobs available contact one of our team or email your CV to enquiries@hackworthy.co.uk

We’re sponsoring the PAPPA Charity Golf Event!

pappa-charity-golf-dayPAPPA 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.

Find out how you can help Horizons or contact a member of our team for more information.

Which? Trusted Trader Status

hackworthy-removals-which-trusted-traderHackworthy 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.

A Special Load – On behalf of the Lenkiewicz Foundation

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.

haclworthy-move-Lenkiewicz-Spinnerei-painting

 

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

Inspection

Hackworthy & Sons BS EN 12522We 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.

Local firm pledges to assist Shekinah

shekinah-charityPlymouth 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.

Hackworthy & Sons shows its support for Kingsbridge RFC

kingsbridge-rugby-clubDevon 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 & Son 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.