In this episode Rob Hindmarsh, Managing Director of Knaresborough Movers, discusses how he got involved within the industry 30 years ago at the tender age of 15, working for a local removal company during weekends and school holidays.
The day Rob left school he started full time employment with K.W. Removals in Ripon (sadly no longer trading), where he worked for 13 years, starting as a porter, then as a 7.5 tonne driver once he had past his test at the age of 17, and moving onto HGV’s at 21. Rob also covered the sales and warehouse side while his boss was away.
Today Rob owns Knaresborough Movers, offering local and nationwide removals, containerised storage, trade assistance, and is a member of Move Assured. Rob runs 2 vehicles (but is currently looking to add a 5 container HGV) and has a full-time crew of 3, and a part-time crew member.
Rob’s biggest challenge was building up the business and taking the step to obtaining his operator licence, moving from luton vans to HGV, and I ask if it was worth it? Another challenge (today) is staffing, finding youngsters that have an interest and a passion for the industry as a whole.
Rob wouldn’t change anything from his moving past, he has enjoyed every minute and everything he has ever done in removals.
Rob’s highpoint is starting his own company within the industry, which he has built upon reputation, word of mouth and customer reviews.
The one thing Rob would like to change within the industry is to have it seen as a profession, but he also has a real passion to get youngsters (school leavers) into the industry, even at a work experience and apprenticeship level.
The advice Rob would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to go for it and don’t look back, it’s the best thing he’s ever done, and he will always be grateful to his boss for the opportunity.
In the next 5 years Rob would like to grow the business, and he would like his son to come onboard too. Industry wise, Rob hopes the industry can encourage more youngsters to join.
Outside of the industry Rob participates in sidecar racing (having previously participating in autograss racing in cars for many years) and he has a 2006 Subaru Impreza that he takes to car shows.
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, two in fact, and both are of a sexual nature!