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Andrew Urquhart – One of Kent’s family-owned businesses Unsung Heroes

We are extremely proud to say that Andrew Urquhart has been recognised as one of the extraordinary people that are at the heart of Kent’s family-owned Businesses. We are proud to be joining some of the County’s most exciting family businesses at Kent’s Unsung Heroes awards as we celebrate the achievements of our very own, Andrew Urquhart.

Removals Operations ManagerKent’s Unsung Heroes was founded in 2018 to celebrate some of the most extraordinary employees working behind the scenes in Kent’s family-owned businesses.

The owners of family firms all over the County were given the opportunity to nominate someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty. A person who contributes to the success of the business and always gives 110% without seeking recognition.

Simon Batt, Managing Director of Colin Batt Removals nominated Andrew saying,,

Andrew has been the General Manager of Colin Batt Removals since 2013. He has been utterly critical to the success of the family business, which has over doubled in size since he joined. Andrew is accountable for all tactical aspects of the business from every house removal and storage request to sales and compliance. In all respects Colin Batt Removals is a family business and Andrew is the beating heart of it.

After weeks of nominations, the judges chose 12 exceptional people who they felt deserved to be recognised as Kent’s Unsung Heroes and we proud to say Andrew Urquhart was one of them. They celebrated at a very special, red carpet Awards Evening on 25th September at Squerryes Winery in Westerham.

Amalia Brightley-Gillott, Managing Director of Family Business Place who hosts the awards says

“Family-owned businesses play such a huge role in the success of Kent’s economy. Whilst the family members are often the face of the business, it’s their fabulous employees who keep the cogs turning. From the woman who has been working in the warehouse for twenty years to the guy who drives the van and the person on the front desk; it’s these dedicated individuals who deserve to be thanked and celebrated.”

Each of the 12 Unsung Heroes were joined by their family, friends and colleagues at the Awards Ceremony on 25th September. At the Ceremony they were presented with a beautiful trophy and enjoyed a wonderful evening of local food, wine and a talk from Henry Ward, 8th generation at Squerryes.

Congratulations Andrew, from everyone at Colin Batt Removals.

Unsung Hero Award Certificate - Andrew Urquhart Colin BatT Removals

Colin Batt Removals wins family business award

ashford business award winner

Local Kent removal company, Colin Batt Removals, wins the family business award

Here at Colin Batt Removals, we’re celebrating after winning another award for our Kent removal services.

We were delighted to pick up the award for ‘best family run business’ in the latest Ashford Business Awards, held at the Ashford International Hotel. Run by Kings Hill event planners, Best Business Events, the awards cover the Ashford, Shepway and Dover districts and are judged by a panel of businesspeople from across Kent.

It’s not the first time we have been recognised at this event – our work and dedication to customer service was recognised back in 2017 when we received an award. This year, we were also shortlisted in both the customer service and small business categories.

We’re proud to be adding this latest accolade to our growing number of awards. Only last year, we received a Kent Excellence in Business award for customer service, and were one of three companies shortlisted for the British Association of Removers’ Domestic Mover of the Year award, which is open to all 430 members of the professional body.

Our owner and managing director Simon Batt said, “We’re really pleased and honoured to have won this award.

“We are proud of the service we offer and of being a family run business founded on the values of honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and care. These were the values with which my dad Colin started the business in 1978 and we have worked hard to uphold them ever since.

“Our success is down to the tireless work and dedication of the whole team, and their commitment to prioritising our customers, making moving house as stress-free as possible for them – which is why more than 99 per cent of our customers recommend us to their family and friends.”

Here at Colin Batt Removals we offer home and commercial removals and a packing and unpacking service, not just across Kent but often much further afield. We also have a strong reputation as one of the area’s leading piano removals specialists and were once employed to transport and look after Beethoven’s piano during an entire European tour, while Elton John, the Royal Collection Trust, the BBC and the Royal Festival Hall have all also been customers.

“We’ve moved pianos up spiral stairs in cathedrals, through windows using cranes and scaffolding, and to an island on a speedboat,” Mr Batt recalls. The firm has moved customers from the UK to Germany, Spain, Italy, the USA, Malaysia and Australia. It also offers storage at its secure premises in Maidstone Road, Ashford, including document archives and climate controlled storage for objects like art, antiques and musical instruments which need particular care.

Colin Batt Removals is fully insured and meets the British Standard EN 12522 for house removal services, which requires an independent audit every year. Our membership of the British Association of Removers also requires an annual inspection and a commitment to abide by the association’s code of conduct.

With Colin Batt Removals, you know your belongings are in safe, capable and careful hands. Call us on 01233 740395 to find out more about our award winning removals service and get a free quote.

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