Business Removals – Quick Summary of 2016

| Madalynn Irwin

In the UK the property removal industry has its origins in the second half of the 19th century when people first began paying other people to help them move their household or business. So, in other words the concept of property removals is anything but new. Having said that though, the actual industry itself and services that form it, have changed rapidly in the last two decades with the introduction of technology and digitalisation in an otherwise manual or analogue industry segment. Over the last ten years alone, many removal businesses have had to change, restructure and redevelop in order to meet the fast paced changes in customer requirements and expectations.

Emerging Trends in the Business Removal Industry

Not that long ago, business removal services were simply means to relocate one’s office equipment and paperwork from A to B, nothing else. Digitalisation and rapid change of business models though have pushed the average removal company toward new heights. Restructuring yesterday’s business removals into today’s corporate relocation solutions is clear evidence that the UK’s moving industry is indeed moving forward. The sheer number and varied nature of today’s businesses require removal companies to be innovative, advanced and even revolutionary at times. Business customers of today require much more than just delivery of their office stuff from A to B. Today’s business removal consists of specialised additional options, in 2016 the services which were most frequently required by relocating business were:

  • Specialised IT removal solutions;
  • Secured storage of company records and accounting paperwork;

Bespoke business removals

Messy office roomAs said, the nature of today’s commercial entities is so diverse and colourful that each of these businesses requires a customised solution when it comes to moving places. In 2016, the need for bespoke business removals was quite evident, in fact so evident that it became one of the key industry trends for that year. Business customers also needed for removal companies to lift up their game and offer a service which complied with all quality, health and safety regulations. Insurance and guarantee were also essential requirements of most business customers. This should come as no surprise as the cost and complexity of moving a business is in fact a risky endeavour, so hedging the risk is quite necessary. At the moment, the professional removals industry in Great Britain is regulated by an official government document known as British Standard 8822 – the standard applies to all business removal service providers universally, no exceptions. However many companies are still struggling to comprehend and implement BS8522. In 2016, there was also a notable increase in demand for specialised storage services – an aspect which is also regulated in the British Standard 8522.


Business has moved online, it is an undeniable fact. Companies looking to relocate are increasingly searching and booking their preferred services online in all sorts of ways so it is only natural for competing removal operations to also advertise and maintain strong online presence. It is expected for the trend to continue with even higher emphasis on online presence for commercial movers.