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Removals firm celebrates record revenue after four years on the A1

Removals firm celebrates record revenue after four years on the A1

Family owned removals firm, Ballards reports record turnover after four years of investment into its new headquarters.

The company has quadrupled its turnover and more than doubled its number of employees since it moved to a five acre site in Nottinghamshire beside the A1 dual carriageway in 2017.

Company revenues rose to more than £8million in the last year and the organisation has also expanded its team to 90 people, including 35 full time drivers. 

The record turnover comes after a period of considerable investment into the site, which had to be significantly adapted for the company’s use. Ballards has also invested in services such as short term self-storage, long-term storage, removals, haulage and self-drive vehicle hire. As well as this, the company has acquired two well regarded, smaller removals companies, Steeles of Stamford in 2018 and Bespoke Moving Solutions, which it acquired in 2021.

Managing director, Matthew Ballard, whose parents, Richard and Janette founded Ballards Removals in 1978 said:

“Four years ago, we began one of the biggest periods of investment we’ve ever undertaken. We’ve acquired two well regarded removals companies; Steeles of Stamford and Bespoke Moving Solutions, we’ve invested in new vehicles, new storage containers, a huge amount of new equipment and, biggest of all, we’ve opened our new headquarters right beside the A1 and welcomed dozens of new members of our team.

“It was a big gamble, but it’s proved to be a great success, helping the company to reach record turnover and become one of the leading removals, storage and vehicle hire companies in the region.

“Although there have been challenges this year, with issues such as the nationwide shortage of drivers and new obstacles on the border with the EU, we’ve navigated through each of these to make this year our best ever.

“We’re now seeing the real benefit of our new headquarters, which gives us incredible access to all parts of the country and to continental Europe as well as loads more capacity for our long and short term storage solutions. I’m proud of the great work our team is doing and I’m excited by what the future holds.”

Dominating the company’s A1-adjacent headquarters at Markham Moor near Retford in Nottinghamshire is a specially built warehouse unit. Likened to the cavernous storage facility seen at the end of the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark, the unit contains 1600 secure wooden crates containing a myriad of belongings including furniture, vehicles, keepsakes and heirlooms which have been stored there. The site also includes a 120-unit self-storage facility which enables customers to rent a watertight, repurposed shipping container for short to medium term storage.

The Ballards compound is kept secure thanks to a perimeter fence, automated gates, an array of CCTV cameras and 24 hour security team. Meanwhile, the site is also used as a depot for the company’s 55 trucks and vans which support the company’s removals and self-hire operations.

The company also has three other sites; a self-storage facility in Lincoln, Steeles of Stamford and a depot in Godalming, Surrey.

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