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Domestic Mover of the Year Award 2018 – We’re Finalists

This is becoming quite a year. Not only is it our 40th anniversary but we have  reached the finals in the British Association of Removers Domestic Mover of the Year Competition 2018.

We are one of only three companies from across the country that have been selected as finalists. This is a great honour and we are proud to be flying the flag for all the Kent house removals companies.

Domestic Mover Of The Year Finalist 2018 LogoCustomer Experience

The Domestic Mover of the Year award recognises outstanding performance, commitment and rewards companies that lead by example. This year the focus was on “Customer Experience”. From a customer making the decision to move, right though to post-move follow-up and customer feedback.

This prestigious competition is open to all of the 400 UK members of the British Association of Removers (BAR). Initially the BAR graded each application and down-selected to 6 companies to create a shortlist. Customers of the shortlisted removal companies were then interviewed to select the top three with the best customer service. Amazingly we were selected as a finalist. We are so grateful to all our customers for using and recommending our house removals company.

The next stage in the competition was a site visit and audit. This was conducted by the British Association of Removers Director General and a second impartial judge. The eventual winner will be announced at the BAR Conference on 19th May.

Moving Up

It is amazing to think that Colin Batt started out with a van from a small bungalow in Bethersden back in 1978. 40 years on we are still a family-run business, now operating from Ashford under the leadership of Simon Batt. We have grown since those early days and now operate a large fleet with our own storage facility along with a document archive and shredding business.

Colin Batt Removals Store and Lorry|FavershamWining this award  would be an unbelievable result but reaching the final is an amazing achievement in itself. We are proud of what we do, proud of our Kent roots and so proud of all the customers and staff that have supported us over the years. Ultimately it is the hard work and dedication of our staff that make our house removals services excel. Thank you for all your hard work, sacrifice and good humour.

Thank you to all, best of luck to the competition and our appreciation to the British Association of Removers.

Best places to live in Kent 2018 – Canterbury, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Sandwich, Margate, West Malling

We have collated the results of several surveys to highlight the best towns and villages to live in Kent. We know that choosing the best place to live in Kent is very subjective, everyone has their own personal favourite town or village. Selecting the right place for you will depend on your personal circumstances, are you commuting, do you need access to good schools, are you a shopaholic etc? However, research and league tables do help define what each town can offer and provide a different perspective on life in various Kentish Towns. We have been looking online and have pulled together the top lists from a number of areas.

One Dome – Best towns and villages in Kent

One Dome, a property technology company, recently conducted some research into the best towns to live in Kent. Each town was measured using data from 70 sources and scored according to their own algorithm. The ranking was based upon education, transport links, lifestyle and nightlife, noise, crime, green spaces, public safety and access to groceries.

In One Dome’s view, Canterbury topped the charts by combining its cultural and historical heritage with some great education establishments and local nature areas. This makes it a hit with families and students alike. The full top five looks like this:

  1. Canterbury – Scored well for education, green spaces and historic landmarks. Not a great place for noise but good commuter links.
  2. Royal Tunbridge Wells – unsurprisingly this historic spa town scored well culturally, with plenty of green space, shops, restaurants and bars. Moving here does come with a price tag though!
  3. Belvedere – Easily commutable to London, being in zone 5, with lots of ‘Good’ schools as rated by OFSTED.
  4. Ashford – Scored well due to the high speed link to London along with plenty of shops and restaurants.
  5. Sandwich – small but attractive town, quiet place to live and only minutes from the coast. Not great if you’re looking to get to London in a hurry.

Ashford – Good transport links and great shopping

Dartford, Maidstone, Gillingham, Dover and Folkestone finished off the top ten, Sevenoaks just missed out in 11th spot.

One Dome also looked at Kent’s villages. They ranked our quaint settlements on Local Reality data and the top rated were:

  1. Eynsford
  2. St Mary’s Platt
  3. Ightham
  4. Staplehurst
  5. Brenchley
  6. Marden
  7. Langton Green
  8. Hawkhurst

Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2017

Interestingly, Kent has not done so well in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2017. We only managed to get one of our great towns into the top 50 this year, in 2014 we managed 5 (see our blog).  Well done to Tonbridge and Malling who secured 16th in the Halifax rankings.

Overall 17 of the top 50 were located in the South East and 4 in London. The South scored well in Halifax’s assessment due to high employment, and earnings as well as long life expectancy. The full top 20 ranking is here:

Local Authority Region 2017 Rankings 2016 Rankings
Hart South East 1 26
Orkney Islands Scotland 2 2
Rutland East Midlands 3 28
Wychavon West Midlands 4 3
Winchester South East 5 1
Wokingham South East 6 9
Waverley South East 7 17
Craven Yorkshire and The Humber 8 64
Richmondshire Yorkshire and The Humber 9 33
Stratford-on-Avon West Midlands 10 21
Uttlesford East of England 11 35
Ryedale Yorkshire and The Humber 12 29
Westminster London 13 44
South Oxfordshire South East 14 13
St Albans East of England 15 8
Tonbridge and Malling South East 16 14
East Herefordshire East of England 17 47
City of London London 18 20
Chiltern South East 19 10
Rugby West Midlands 20 32

The Newspapers

The Telegraph chose West Malling, specifically Kings Hill, as the best place to raise a family in the UK.  The Times rates Margate as one of the bets places to live in the UK in 2017.

Margate has seafront appeal

Summary

There is a variety of choice out there and Kent has something to offer everyone. We have great commuter towns, seaside getaways, up and coming gems and picture postcard villages. Whatever you need for your own piece of perfect, Kent has an option for you. The league tables above offer some insight but are very dependent on the data and algorithms used, take them with a pinch of salt. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so don’t take these scores as fact, do your own research and find what is right for you.

Read more about the research and reports here:

https://www.onedome.com/blog/lifestyle/the-best-places-to-live-in-kent/ – besttowns

https://static.halifax.co.uk/assets/pdf/media-centre/press-releases/2017-10-14-halifax-reveals-top-spots-for-kids-press-release.pdf

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/pictures/11072925/Britains-top-20-places-to-raise-a-family.html?frame=3025899

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sunday-times-best-places-to-live-2017-3qkwjnvrm#/

MOVING HOUSE TO CANTERBURY? LEARN ABOUT THE CITY

Are you thinking about moving to Canterbury, Kent or have you just moved there? This beautifully historic city has much to offer. In fact, some call Canterbury the jewel in Kent’s crown. It has some amazing history, combined with a youthful vibrancy that is hard to match. Whether you’re into café culture, architecture, education or an energetic nightlife, Canterbury is hard to beat.

Canterbury Tales

Canterbury High Street and CathedralThe heart of the historic city is obviously the Cathedral. You only have to walk around the grounds, through the cloisters and view the stain glass windows to realise why this city is ranked as a World Heritage Site. Other cultural attractions you should visit include the Marlowe Theatre and Canterbury Museums and don’t forget to visit Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales .

Canterbury is the second most visited city in England. This brings lots of benefits and money into the area but the downside is overcrowding at times. Over 160,000 vehicles enter the city every day, creating lots of congestion around the ring road and feeder routes. The good news is there is a plentiful supply of museums, shops and entertainment for all to enjoy. If you are into shopping check out the cobbled streets around The King’s Mile, the Millennium Shopping and Leisure Centre or you could visit the refurbished Marlowe Arcade.

Cost of Moving

At the time of writing the average property price in Canterbury, according to Zoopla, is £341,219. Semi-detached properties were selling for £280,825 and terraced houses achieved an average value of £275,336. Over the last year the city has seen house prices increase by 4.42%, period properties demand a premium. If you can afford it, check out the areas around St Dunstan’s or Old Dover Road. Moving out of the city – check out Chartam or Wye.

Canterbury West GateEducation

If you are worried about education, the city has 11 schools rated good or above by Ofsted. The primary schools Blean and St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic and secondary schools Simon Langton’s Boys’ Grammar and Barton Court Grammar are all rated as ‘outstanding’.

Don’t forget that Canterbury is also served by a great family removal company, us – Colin Batt Removals. So if you like what you’ve read, give us a call and we’ll come and give you a free no-obligation quote for your move. Click here to read more about our removals services.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this great city and what it is like to live there.

Great Customer Service hits the News

In between unwrapping presents and eating turkey did you see the article in the Kentish Express on 21 December about our recent Customer Service Award? No, well don’t worry you can read the article here and learn about our award winning removals services!

Award winning house removals servicesRemoval firm is delighted at customer service award

Ashford’s Colin Batt Removals, whose customers have included Elton John, has won an award.

The firm, which has moved Beethoven’s piano on a European tour, picked up the customer service award for the Ashford area in the Business Awards Kent.

The firm was also shortlisted for the Small Business Award.

Managing Director Simon Batt said: “The award recognises the outstanding removals and storage services we are provide all our individual and business customers.

“On the night the judges singles us out no only for our dedication to customer service but also for how we translate that into investment in training and staff development.

“This business award mirrors what our customers are saying, our customer feedback is independently verified and more than 99% of our customers would recommend our services. This is a great honour for Colin Batt Removals and one that the whole team are rightly proud of. Customer service is at the core of all we do and relies on every single person doing an outstanding job, from the first telephone call to the delivery of the last box.”

Mayor of Ashford meets Colin Batt Removals

The Colin Batt Removals team with the Mayor of Ashford Cllr Winston Michael at the awards ceremony

The competition, supported by the Institute of Directors and Federation of Small Businesses, was open to all small and medium-sized businesses in the Ashford area.

Colin Batt Removals beat off the challenge of five other companies in the finals in the customer service category. The Company has been providing house and piano removals services for nearly 40 years.

In 2012 Simon Batt took the helm and since then the Company has tripled its workforce and moved to larger premises in Maidstone Road, Ashford.

The Company now employs 15 people and offers house removals, piano removals, storage, claimed controlled storage and document archive to businesses and individuals across Kent and the rest of the UK.

The award was presented at a dinner held in the Ashford International Hotel last month.

For more information call 01233 740395 or visit www.colinbattremovals.co.uk

Customer Service Business Award Certificate

If you liked that article you can read another article run by the Kentish Express on us last year – We’re in the Press – Removal Firm’s Great Reputation

Customer Service Award Winners!

Wow – We are over the moon and so proud to have won the Customer Service Award at the Ashford Business Awards 2017. It is an honour and privilege to recieve this award for providing outstanding Customer Service, not just in the Removals Industry but across all businesses in the Ashford area.

Customer Service Award - Ashford Business Awards 2017

Customer Focused House Removals

Winning the Customer Service Award is a fantastic achievement and one that reflects the efforts, skills and passion of the whole team. Customer service spans the entirety of our business and is embedded into the DNA of our House Removal Company. Being recognised with this award is extremely rewarding and moving, as is the great feedback we receive from our customers on a daily basis. Over 99% of our customers would recommend our services to their family and friends. We cannot ask for greater praise than that.
 
Simon Batt, Managing Director, said:
“This is a great honour for Colin Batt Removals and one that the whole team are rightly proud of. Customer service is at the core of all we do. It relies on every single person doing an outstanding job, from the first telephone call to the delivery of the last box”.
House Removals Customer Service Award|Kent|Colin Batt Removals

Simon Batt receiving the Customer Service Award on behalf of the team

The Awards celebrate small and medium-sized businesses in Kent from Ashford, Folkestone, Deal, Dover, Hythe and Romney Marsh. The competition promotes business excellence in Kent and supported by the Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses and Heart FM, to name a few.
 
The winners were announced at an Awards Dinner held at the Ashford International hotel on 30 November 2017. The evening was a great success and represented business excellence from across the County from a broad spectrum of industries. It was a pleasure to see so many fantastic companies come together, highlighting the potential and growth of local businesses in the Ashford area. Thanks to Paul Andrews from Bunker Radio who hosted the evening and the main event sponsor, Agilis Mobile. Thanks also go to the Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, who graciously supported the event and joined us in our celebrations.
Mayor of Ashford with Colin Batt Removals for Customer Service Award

The Mayor and Mayoress with the award winning  removals team!

House Moving Excellence

In October we were delighted to find out we had reached the shortlist for not one but two awards. We were finalists for the Customer Service Award and Small Business Award. The Small Business Category recognises businesses that deliver consistent growth and strong financial performance. Five great companies were short-listed in this category but in the end there can be only one winner. Noted In Style were the very deserving winners having grown from a team of one, operating out of their spare bedroom, to a company of thirteen in just five years. Well done Noted In style. However, it was humbling to know that our house removals company has been recognised as achieving excellence in customer service and as an Ashford business overall. 
 
Thanks to all at Kent Business Awards who organised the event and congratulations to all the winners from the 6 awards categories. These were Space Between, who picked up two awards for Creative/Digital and Start-Up. Hospitality/Food and Drink went to Lost Sheep Coffee and Simply Ice Cream impressed the judges in the Innovation category. Well done to all the winners and also all the finalists, they represent the future of great business in Kent.
 
It is an honour to have received this reward, especially given the calibre of the established businesses that entered the competition and those selected as finalists. A big thank you to the whole removals team, customer service is a team game and this is a team reward. Colin Batt Removals is only successful because of the commitment and hard work of everyone at the Company and this award is testament to that.
 
Merry Christmas to all from the Award Winning Colin Batt Removals Team. Follow the link if you want to learn more about our removals services.