In this episode, Paul Taylor, Managing Director of White Rose Removals, discusses how he began within the industry working for removal companies in West Yorkshire before setting up his own company 12 years ago.
Today, White Rose Removals are based in Leeds and share office and warehouse space with GB Liners. White Rose Removals primarily undertake domestic moving and packing services as well as storage, and commercial relocations (passing European and International work to GB Liners), running 3 x HVG (soon to be 4), 5 x 3.5 tonne (including Paul’s battered old sprinter!) and have a manual labour force of 6-7 full timers and several self-employed.
Paul see’s every day as a challenge, but his main one was the teething pains of growing a business.
The one thing Paul would like to change from his moving past is getting his pricing right, which he should have done years ago by having confidence not only in himself but his business too.
Paul has two highpoints of being within the industry, firstly becoming a member of the BAR (British Association of Removers), and secondly the recent stamp duty holiday. Paul also claims another highpoint is every time he gets a new truck, which he names after a woman in his life, although the sprinter remains unnamed!
The one thing Paul would like to change within the industry is to legislate it, making it more professional and therefore giving it more respect.
The advice Paul would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to professionalise everything from the start, and to not be afraid to charge more money.
In the next 5 years Paul hopes to expand the business further, but he would also like to address his and Hannah’s (wife) work life balance, taking more of a backseat within the business. Industry wise Paul believes it will be very similar to what it is today and remain very cutthroat.
Outside of the industry Paul is a massive Leeds United Football fan, something his dad introduced him to as a child, and is a home and away season ticket holder. Paul (and Hannah) loves a trip to Tenerife (every 2-3 months), and spending time with his wife and children.
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding an email of complaint.
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