The UK-Ireland removal experts

The UK-Ireland removal experts

07 September 2016

The UK-Ireland Removal Experts

Britannia Ryans Move International offers removal, packing and storage services that are second to none.

Britannia Ryans Move International is a professional, family-owned removals and storage company which was established in London 33 years ago to provide families, individuals and corporate clients with high-quality, secure removal and storage solutions, including a weekly service between Ireland and the UK.

We caught up with founder / MD Chris Ryan a second-generation Irishman of Tipperary descent – to find out more.

Whether moving within the UK, between Ireland and the UK, to Europe or internationally, Britannia Ryans Move International offers removal, packing and storage services that are second to none. As leading members of Britannia Movers International Plc consortium – the largest and most successful independent moving company in the UK (with over 40 branches nationwide) Britannia Ryans provide award-winning, professional international shipping services that have been honed and perfected through decades of experience.

Many years as both a near and long distance moving company dealing with all kinds of moves has given the meticulous team at Ryans unrivalled industry experience, leaving them fully prepared to safely transport goods wherever and however required.

The range of services available includes quality, efficient and cost-effective removals and storage worldwide; the supply of removals boxes and packing materials; document storage and shredding. Storage facilities are safe and secure and containers can be accessed at any time. A team of professional packers and movers boasts the expertise, knowledge and capacity to help every house move or business relocation run as smoothly as possible.

Britannia Ryans offer a weekly shuttle service to and from Ireland. With mover staff and storage units based in Ireland, they can provide a complete home or business removal solution. Anything can be collected and delivered, from a single item to the contents of an entire household, including car shipping, using a modern fleet of vehicles of various sizes, all fitted with air suspension to prevent items being damaged in transit.

With over 30 years experience of moving household effects and antiques between the two neighbouring islands, uniformed, professional and highly-trained movers and packers can if required – provide a full packing and unpacking service.

Reflecting on the genesis and early days of his operation, Chris told Irish Trucker: I set the business up in 1982. I started off as a van driver and bought my own Transit before investing in my first truck. During the 1980s, there was a lot of emigration out of Ireland and also a lot of people moving from the UK to Ireland to retire. The younger generation were leaving Ireland and the older generation were moving back home, so there was a boom in the transport industry between the two countries and that s the market I decided to tap into.

I built the business on that boom, providing a secure removal service from the UK to all parts of Ireland and also backloaded antiques and furniture from Ireland to Sotheby s and Christie s etc. I built the business up from there and then started to go to Europe. Eighteen years ago, I joined Britannia Movers International, which allowed us to effectively have a branch in every city in the UK. There are 42 branches in that consortium all individually-owned family businesses which work together with licensed vehicles, increased buying power and greater access to the market. There are two branches in London and I cover an area north of the Thames and inside the M25, offering removals worldwide. Ten years ago, we restructured again to provide international shipping to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc.

For cross-channel work, Britannia Ryans Move International can ship home contents or business effects from anywhere in the UK to any location in Ireland.

There is a pick-up in removals to Ireland again due to the Sterling being so strong, while property prices in London never decreased, Chris notes. People in London are realising that they can get big money for their houses and, with the benefit of a very favourable exchange rate, can move back to Ireland and buy a fabulous property and still have plenty left over. A lot of people who work from home anyway are finding that with the internet era, they can do the exact same work based in Ireland and can have a fabulous home. Houses in Ireland are already half price and the strong British Pound makes then look even more appealing.

Chris has even taken the plunge himself: his parents hail from Cappawhite in County Tipperary and he has purchased their former home place, which he retreats to a number of times a year.

He operates a fleet of twelve vehicles, from 3.5 tonners for local work up to 38tonne with wagon-and-drag drawbar trailers. All the vehicles are Mercedes-Benz to ensure Low Emission Zone (LEZ) compliance within London.

Ferry bookings are done through Victor Treacy International and the routes used are Liverpool Dublin and Birkenhead Belfast to allow drivers to get a good sleep on board the ferry before hitting the road the following day.

Chris estimates that around 10% of his work is between Ireland and the UK, noting that it is largely seasonal: It tends to be seasonal. We have lorries going every week during the summer as people with children are more likely to move during those months so as to not disrupt their school too much. From mid-July until early September is the peak period. We provide a complete service, with trained packers who will pack and unpack everything and we will also take the family cars over as well if required. We also do corporate moves say for example if a company is sending a manager to Ireland for a particular period of time, we can help set them up.

Gainful employment is provided to a team of between 25 and 30 not bad considering that Chris started out as a one-man band some 33 years ago!

We are very competitively priced and all our staff are trained and fully-insured, as are the vehicles, which are all on air-ride suspension, he concludes. We can get our wagon-and-drags into any area by removing the trailers and have swap bodies which allows us access into even the smallest spaces.

Every base is covered. Literally.

Britannia Ryans Move International,
1 Orbital Business Park,
Argon Road,
N18 3BW.

Tel: 0044 208 803 5151 / 062 76181

Taken from Irish Trucker & Light Commercials magazine, Vol 18 No 9, November 2015 [3]


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