In this episode, Mr Crate Hire himself, Paul Bullock of PHS Teacrate, discusses how he began in the industry over 40 years ago, in 1977.
He also discusses how he may be responsible for the start of the dreaded man and van removals, after loosing his first job as a car salesman.
Paul discusses how Crates International, started by his father and a business contact, were bought by Rentacrate and closed down, and how Paul went on to run GB Crate Hire for Giltspur Bullens, which was eventually snapped up by Pickfords. He then started Quick Crates with a parent company OCS, where eventually Rentacrate and Quick Crates were bought by Teacrate, which is where Paul works today as Key Account Manager.
We discuss how technology, especially barcoding, has made a huge difference to the Crate Rental industry.
Paul discusses how the one thing he would change in the moving industry is perception, something I personally wholeheartedly agree with.
Outside of the industry we discover that Paul is not an Arsenal fan at all, but is a Rugby Union fan, and follows Wasps.
We discuss the RBA (Removers Benevolent Association), a charity for members of the BAR (British Association of Removers), his role within the RBA, and how the RBA can help, and has helped, those in need.
And as always, we end Moving Matters with 2 funny moving stories, one about a naked lady and a naked gentlemen at a BAR Conference, and it’s taken until Episode 5 but we finally have a funny story regarding a mistaken torch found under a bed that needed new batteries!
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