Episode 61

Moving Matters with Craig Atkinson of Craig Atkinson Removals


February 9th, 2023

29 mins 41 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode Craig Atkinson, Director of Craig Atkinson Removals, discusses how he returned to the industry 5 years ago after a decent break, but started within the industry at the tender age of 16.

Today, Craig Atkinson Removals is a relatively small company based in Burnley, Lancashire, that only undertake domestic moves and packing services. Craig has a team of 6 and runs 3 vehicles, hiring more when required.

We discover where Tommy Turbo came from, a mascot created from one of Craig’s brainwaves!

Craig hasn’t actually had any direct challenges, but one Craig has found hard is himself, getting out of his own comfort zone.

The one thing Craig would change from his moving past is to learn to delegate more.

Craig’s highpoint of being in the industry is seeing his name on the van for the first time, but also starting his own business.

The one thing Craig would like to change within the industry is how movers are perceived by those within the industry, especially how some of the bigger movers look down on the smaller ones. Craig would like the knowledge within the industry to be passed down more than it currently is, and for movers to be more honest, open and transparent, especially within the numerous groups/forums that exist online today.

The advice Craig would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to learn what you can as early as possible, speaking to as many people as you can already within the industry or other start-ups from other industries. Also, start as you mean to go on, be professional right from the outset.

In the next 5 years Craig does think Craig Atkinson Removals will have a truck on the road, maybe a couple more vans, and a warehouse/unit for storage. Personally, Craig hope to keep improving as he himself is big into self-development. Industry wise, Craig sees it remaining the same, unless robots can move stuff in and out of the vans but does see 3D printing possibly changing things where people can print their own effects rather than have them moved!

Outside of the industry Craig doesn’t really switch off from the business as Jodie (Craig’s wife) is also in the business, so conversation generally flows around moving. But, Craig does enjoy watching football (his team being Manchester United), walking with Jodie and their 4 children, and travelling.

And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny, or rather difficult, moving story, regarding AnyVan and Shiply.


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