For the first time in many years, BAR has decided to attend the Movers and Storers Show at Silverstone.

In recent years, the Movers and Storers Show has emerged as the largest independent trade fair in the industry in the UK, with nearly 900 visitors attending the event in 2014. BAR has not participated in the event before in several years, and BAR Director General Ian Studd says that exhibiting at the September show is an ideal way of reaching out to all parts of the removals and storage sector, as well as of showcasing the work of BAR and the benefits of being a BAR Member to the wider industry.

BAR believes that it has a duty of care to assert a positive influence over the whole industry and to improve on service delivery and customer care in all areas of the trade. Ian views the Movers and Storers Show as an attractive opportunity for BAR to fulfil this duty. “As the only properly constituted removals and storage trade association we should be represented at these types of events. This could provide us with a forum to participate and represent our views properly,” he told R&S.

BAR is inviting all Members to attend and visit its stand in Block A. The BAR stand will also represent the Federation of Removers (FOR), BAR Training Services and BAR’s quality standards service, QSS Ltd so that the unique products and services that BAR and its entities provide are presented to a wide audience of removal and storage companies.

Being a key player so as to lead the industry

The Association’s change of direction on attending the event is a direct response to listening carefully to the opinions of Members. There has been strong feedback from several Area Meetings that BAR should be participating in Movers and Storers, and since taking on the role of BAR Director General Ian feels this is one area that needs to be explored and evaluated by testing the water and being present at the event.

Participating in Movers and Storers 2015 has the potential to strengthen the perception of BAR by the wider industry, and to highlight its role as the leading voice of the British removals and storage trade.

The main investment will be time, as there will be four BAR staff on the stand over the course of the show. On this basis, Ian feels it is worth seeing what the BAR can get out of participation in what is potentially an excellent space for networking with a wide variety of colleagues, trade buyers, suppliers and decision makers.

The Movers and Storers Show has a strong record for generating on the spot sales and leads and building relationships, and BAR is looking forward to participating in this year’s event, meeting old colleagues and building new connections across the industry.

The Movers and Storers Show takes place on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September. Entry is free if you register in advance. The BAR stand can be found in Block A of the exhibition hall. For more information, see