Harrow Green has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant

Harrow Green is proud to announce that it has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant to demonstrate our support for the armed forces community.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge between the government and people of the UK and all those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families. It supports current and ex service personnel and their families through policy, projects and services. The intention is to ensure their sacrifices and duty are respected and that they face no disadvantage compared to other citizens. The government is encouraging businesses, local authorities, charities and the public to sign up to the Covenant to show our support for all our servicemen and women.

Nigel Dews, Managing Director of Harrow Green said: “We are very pleased to have joined over 1,000 other businesses and organisations who have signed the pledge. In signing the Armed Forces Covenant we have stated that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation. In 2015 we were awarded a three year contract to provide relocation and storage services for Service Family Accommodation for the MOD. It was a natural next step to sign the Covenant to further cement our commitment to supporting the armed forces and their families”.

Harrow Green has made several important commitments by signing this pledge:

  • supporting the employment of veterans young and old
  • striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners and endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
  • promoting Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day within our Company and encouraging our employees to participate in fund-raising efforts

Several Harrow Green employees are ex service personnel and they bring extremely useful and relevant skills to the removals industry. Many of them are already experienced in HGV driving and they all have excellent abilities such as leadership, planning, team working and excellent communication skills. They are a natural fit for the removals industry which requires military precision timings and planning. We look forward to developing our relationship with our armed forces. www.harrowgreen.com www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk


Commercial Mover of the Year

JT & Sons Relocations are immensely proud to have retained the prestigious title of ‘Commercial Mover of the year’ (CMOTY) 2014/15, at the British Association of Movers (BAR) annual conference at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow; this has been a meteoric rise to the top.

JT & Sons were formed in December 2008 by Jenny and Timon Thorncroft; application to BAR and its Commercial Moving Group (CMG) was made during 2010 and approved in January 2011.

As specialist commercial movers they enthusiastically entered the Commercial Mover of the Year competition with only ten days left to complete their entry documentation. The industry was astounded when they were awarded a ‘certificate of merit’ in the 2011/12 competition; they repeated this feat in 2012/13. Things really hotted up in 2013, when they won the title for the first time despite stiff competition from the many long established members of CMG.

This meant enquiries and business increased exponentially, Jenny and Timon appointed Lee Austin as a director in recognition of his support towards the success of the embryonic company. The resulting business meant the team were pushed to the limit and the directors embarked on a training programme enabling their operational team to grow, whilst maintaining the skills required to deliver service with the usual JT & Sons panache.

Having won CMOTY in 2013, it was particularly important for JT & Sons Relocations not to become complacent when it came to their clients in both the private and public sectors and the high quality of customer service and delivery standards. For this reason they decided to cite some regular clients for the testimonial part of the CMOTY 2014 competition. Jenny explained, “Some of the clients chosen we work with on a regular basis, we felt these companies would be a good test to establish that we have not become complacent” some new clients with one-off moves were also selected, to offer a good mixture of clients and feedback.

Following a record year, the team eagerly completed their application for the 2014/15 CMOTY event, again the moving industry were astounded as JT & Sons defended their 2013 award and retain the title of ‘Commercial Mover of the Year’. JT & Sons is a family based organisation, and its youngest member six year old Dillon Thorncroft was on hand in Glasgow to receive the CMOTY 2014/15 trophy along with other members of the team.

Jenny and Timon are incredibly gratified by their teams’ consistency of service; saying “including all staff in the quality of service and rewarding excellence is definitely paying dividends”. The management are continually striving to provide and improve its level of service, often using valued feedback from clients. This coupled with sustained investment in industry standards, currently including ISO 14001 Environmental Management, ISO 9001 Quality Management, BS 8522, a bespoke British Commercial Moving Standard, some of the team hold the IOSH Institution of Occupancy Safety and Health standard and the directors are Prince2 registered practitioners.

JT & Sons operate a very different business model, which they feel contributed to both their growth and award success, they would welcome the opportunity of discussing their modus-opernadi call 01580 831706 or find information about our services on our web site www.jtsrelocations.com.

The success of the company has meant that the company moved to larger premises “Phoenix House” on the Kent, Sussex border; Jenny and Timon say this is the next step in a continuous successful and managed growth programme. 2014 is already looking to be another record year, Timon and Jenny are confident of another assured entry to the 2015/16 CMOTY event.