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We have a diverse team of dedicated people at John Bradshaw & Son Ltd, the parent company of Britannia Bradshaw and our commercial moving division, BCL Office Moving. We'd like to introduce you to just a few of the people who make it all happen in our Manchester and Birmingham offices.
You can also view information about some of our removal men, who make it all happen on removal day.
Mike has been in the moving industry for 18 years, beginning his career with Britannia Leatherbarrows. He spent 14 years with Pickfords prior to joining Britannia Bradshaw. He's also an active member of the British Association of Removers (BAR).
Outside of work Mike enjoys walking in the Peak District, fly fishing and mountain biking (he is accomplished at falling off!). Married to Suzi they have two children, James and Elizabeth.
Malcolm has been in the removals industry since school. He worked for Pickfords from 1969 - 1978, and purchased John Bradshaw & Son in 1983. He joined the Britannia group in 1984. Malcolm recently stepped down as Managing Director of Britannia Bradshaw, as he wanted to enjoy semi-retirement as the Chairman of our parent company, John Bradshaw & Son. He plans on enjoying his free time by cycling the length of mainland Britain from Land's End to John O'Groats, cycle the Camino Trail in Spain, spend more time in India, along with sailing and following the fortunes of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Malcolm is married to Mel, who is now retired from Britannia Bradshaw Removals, and has two children; Alexis, who works in the industry in London and Piers who works for Britannia Bradshaw Removals.
Rod has over 30 years experience in the removals industry, starting 1979, working in the summer holidays on the vans for a local removal company in Lincoln, his home town. Rod then joined Pickfords in 1981 as part of their Management Trainee programme. Rod had nine years with Pickfords, rising to through the ranks to become a Branch Manager.
In 1994 Rod was given an opportunity to work for Britannia Bradshaw. During his time there, he became responsible for commercial relocations, and in 1997 he started a new division known as BCL.
Rod takes active role in the BAR and was voted in as the Chairman of the CMG in 2009. Having served in this role for the two years, he still works within the CMG council.
Rod has now lived in the North West for the last 22 years and regularly attends Old Trafford to watch Manchester United. Rod also enjoys struggling around a golf course and travelling to distant lands with his wife Angela.
Nick joined us in March 2016 as a general manager. With 18 years experience in the removals industry, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our business. Nick's a graduate of the British Association of Removers (BAR) / Movers Institute Management Training Scheme, and remains involved with the BAR. Prior to his move to Britannia Bradshaw, he worked for 12 years with Pickfords.
When Nick's not working on removals, he's closely following Leeds United FC, is frequently found on the golf course, and a keen music fan who is often found at live gigs.
Diane joined Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage in 1999, following six years in Hong Kong where she worked for Allied Pickfords. During this time, she travelled extensively around Asia and Australia. Her role entails managing crews, quoting moves, and liaising with customers from the first initial enquiry through to final delivery. Diane also holds a degree in biochemistry.
Ernie has been in the removals business since 1979, beginning his career as a Distribution Manager for Pickfords, moving into removals management and international sales. He started with Britannia Bradshaw in 1999. His main focus is removal operations, international and UK move surveys and bookings.
Ernie is a past he Vice Chairman of the British Association of Removers North West Region, and served as the Chairman from 2010 - 2012.
Keeley is a removals coordinator, working with domestic household moving, storage, and overseas moves.
Sue has been in retail management for over 15 years. She began as a removals consultant for Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage, and moved to Accounts in 2015.
Kevin has been in the removals industry for over 20 years and started his career path working in upstate New York running an east coast van line from New York to Florida. Upon returning to the UK, he started with Fox Moving & Storage where he was the Branch Manager of both their Cardiff & Stourbridge depots, where he also launched and ran their business moving department.
In his spare time he enjoys county walks with his family and when he finds time (which isn't very frequent) you'll find him on the golf course most weekends. Kevin is married to his wife Lynn and has two teenage boys Luis & Ryan and a young daughter, Emilia.
Martin has been in the moving industry for over 5 years, starting his career with Robinson's International Removals. He has performed many different types of moves and managed removals of all shapes and sizes.
Outside of work, Martin lives with his partner Sarah and has four children Sophie, Ashleigh, Aimee-Marie and Jade. When he's not busy with his family, he enjoys swimming, walking his dog and is a very keen motorcyclist.
Jacki has joined Britannia Bradshaw International Removals & Storage Birmingham office in April 2014 after 15 years with Pickfords co-ordinating international and domestic removals.
She loves spending time with her husband (who is a driving instructor), has a grown-up son and a beautiful granddaughter whom she spoils rotten! She's also the proud owner of a nutty Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Tinkerbell.
When she finds some spare time, she loves gardening and baking cakes and biscuits.
Julie is the Office Manager for our Birmingham office, where she has been in charge of all administrative duties for our sister company, BCL Office Moving for the past six years.
Her hobbies include gardening, cooking and sewing. She has two grown children.
John began in the removals industry in 1979 with Pickfords, where he worked for 22 years. He has been with John Bradshaw & Son for 13 years. He began his career as a porter and has worked his way up over the years. He is the Operations Manager for Manchester, ensuring everything runs like clockwork.
Paul is the Regional Sales Manager for BCL Office Moving Manchester, and has been with the company for over 5 years. He's been the project manager on a number of larger (1,500+ people) moves for BCL. He's also not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and moving desks when the need arises, either.
He's a passionate lacrosse player, and has captained his club, county and country at junior and senior levels. Paul has represented England in three world championships in Australia, America and Canada. He obtained his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology near New York City, where he attended on a full scholarship. He and his partner Kerry have a young son, who often visits the office in his little hi-viz jacket.
Shelley is the web and marketing manager for John Bradshaw & Son, managing the Britannia Bradshaw, BCL Archive & Shredding Service and BCL Office Moving websites. She's originally from the United States, where she grew up in Cleveland Ohio. She lived in New York City for many years before moving to Europe in 2002. She has also lived in Sweden and Switzerland before moving to Manchester in 2010. She has been working on websites for over 15 years. In the past, she has been a radio DJ and music journalist. Her passions are music, photography, art, travel, cats and the internet and can usually be found in a mosh pit with a camera when she's not working.
From time to time, the office dog comes in to watch over operations. His main tasks are to chew his bone, play with his toys, sleep, announce visitors and chase lady dog visitors around the office.
Our second office dog is also in the Manchester office frequently to observe and be chased by the other office dog. Her main tasks are to greet visitors, chew her toys, visit everyone at their desk and make sure the window cleaning brush doesn't hurt anyone in the office.
After each move, we send a survey to ensure our customers are satisfied. As of 23 March 2017, our customers have rated our removal company as follows:
If you'd like to see our reviews on Google, they are available here:
My family and I have used Britannia several times and have always received a good service. Very flexible, given my lack of availability for an assessment and the short time-frame. [Removal men were] Mike Preston and Chris Heyworth - really friendly and helpful
The move day experience far exceeded our expectations. Considering moving house is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can do, we were relaxed for the whole two days with plenty of time to make a cuppa! We had every confidence in the removals crew. Jay and his team were professional, helpful and kept us organised without being obtrusive. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.
Amazing service from Britannia Bradshaw I'll definitely recommend you to friends and family. Thank you for making what can be a very stressful day go so smoothly. For me everything was great can't think of anything to improve. Ben and James were very friendly, polite and helpful - amazing service
Absolutely fantastic, could not have asked for better! Very caring as I was a wreck! Giovanni and Amrick.
The service provided was excellent, efficient and nothing was too much trouble. The removals crew (Andy J, Andy L, Cookie & Presto) were absolutely brilliant, everything moved and reconstructed quickly and efficiently, and importantly, without a single scratch, scrape or breakage.
You can't [improve the service]. The lads removing were brilliant. I very rarely meet such good service. Billy and the lads were all really helpful, friendly and courteous. The move was delayed and they had to stay late, on a Friday evening and not one of them complained. I couldn't speak highly enough of them.
Out of a number of similar companies I contacted, the person who answered the phone was by far the most warm, polite and helpful. Although it was one of the most reasonably-priced quotes we had, the main reason for choosing Britannia Bradshaw was that from the very first phone call, we had the sense we could trust your company. When it comes to having your possessions shipped overseas, that trust is more important than small differences in price.
We contacted Britainnia Bradshaw several times before being visited for a quote. Each time, staff were kind and helpful, going out of their way to be helpful and reassuring. They were a main reason we chose to go with Brittania Bradshaw. They were fantastic. It took four people working a very long day to get us packed, moved and unpacked. Even in the final hour, they were hard-working, kind to our children and incredibly professional. Great service, a competitive quote and willing to work with our tight timeframe for a move.