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Anthony Ward Thomas started his eponymous removals company in 1985 after a bad experience while moving house — he caught workers from a “well-known national firm” trying on his clothes.
“Removals boss puts his own house in order”
The Times Online (16th December 2014)
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Summer In February, a film of the true story of the pre-First Wold War love triangle involving Sir Alfred Munnings, one of Britain’s most sought-after equine artists, goes on general release on Friday.
It has a lot of things going for it; it is superbly acted, with Dominic Cooper as the talented young ‘AJ’ Munnings, the star of the Edwardian young artists’ colony in Cornwall, and Dan Stevens (Matthew Cawley inDownton Abbey) as his friend and subsequent love rival, Gilbert Evans.
ANTHONY WARD-THOMAS is the owner of one of Britain’s most exclusive removal companies, catering to the likes of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who left Lambeth Palace last month.
Ward-Thomas set up the firm that bears his name in west London in 1985, paying £500 for a deposit on a delivery van. He now has 95 lorries and 300 employees, turning over £15m a year.
Customers have included Boris Johnson, mayor of London, and the actors Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. The company also delivers for Sotheby’s and Bonhams, the auction houses.
Anthony Ward Thomas set up master removals firm Ward Thomas after hiring a removals firm to move his own belongings and finding that the removals men tried on his clothes and stole his shoes. He started by putting down a £500 cash deposit on his first truck at an auction back in 1985; now he has 95 trucks on the road and the business turns over £15m per annum. He bought rival firm Aussie Man & Van out of administration earlier this year.
Moving is stressful but there are ways to minimise the stress involved. Anthony Ward Thomas, who owns a specialist removal company, recommends booking professional movers well in advance and, if you are doing your own packing and unpacking, labelling boxes to save time and money.
Relocating can be an expensive business but Anthony Ward Thomas, the boss of Ward Thomas, a London firm of master removers, argues that opting for the cheapest quote can be expensive. ‘There’s a method in packing and loading, and people who have never done it before will fall at the first hurdle,’ he says.
He also recommends a ruthless approach to moving. ‘Many people move their clutter from one home to another, but this is a waste of effort. It’s important to throw out or give to charity items you haven’t used for a year. It’s much easier than taking it with you or paying to put it into storage. We have one lady who has stored items with us since she moved to Paris in 1992.
The Olympics is making moving a tricky prospect for Londoners this summer. Anthony Ward Thomas of the eponymous removal firm says: ‘Summer is traditionally the busiest time of year for the removals business. People tend to relocate ahead of the new school year, for work, or downsize to properties bought during the housing market’s traditionally busier Easter period. This year we have had a logistical nightmare on our hands with the Olympics. With many roads closed or down to one lane during certain times, many people are either bringing the move forward if they can, or delaying it until after the Olympics have finished.’
For marketing done right, turn to Anthony Ward Thomas, a London removals firm. Coming across one of their lorries, I noticed that in place of the usual slogan was a line from Horace: ‘Anger is a short madness’. Baffled, I tried to work out what this was saying: do they get a lot of divorce work? Or was it a warning to customers not to get steamed up over breakages in transit? Further research revealed that each van comes with a different, equally gnomic aphorism: ‘If you want loyalty, get a dog’ or ‘Never hire a colour-blind bomb technician’.