BAR will call on the new government to better support professional removals and storage businesses to enable them to facilitate housing market growth – a key pledge made by the Labour Party during their election campaign.

The British Association of Removers (BAR) will write to the Prime Minister next Monday (8th July 2024) urging the new government to better support professional removals and storage businesses across a range of industry challenges.

BAR is the trade association for the professional removals and storage industry and represents 400 specialist UK-based VAT registered companies which between them complete almost 400,000 move contracts per annum turning over £1bn in revenue.

The new government has committed to build 1.5 million new homes during the next parliament and removals and storage businesses are a fundamental component to allowing the UK’s housing market to grow and prosper. However, the industry is beset with challenges.

Unfair competition from unregulated businesses which have no regard for consumer protections, a shortage of labour and skills, increasing costs and taxation and clean air charging zones which have left many removals and storage businesses with stranded vehicle assets, are all contributing to a poor outlook for the industry.

In its letter to the Prime Minister, the Association will also call on the new government to continue supporting the efforts of the Home Buying and Selling Group, which has been working to establish a range of measures to simplify and improve the home buying and selling process for the benefit of businesses and consumers.

Ian Studd, Director General, BAR, said; “A new government provides an opportunity to better support the removals and storage industry and its specialist businesses which are often worse off for doing the right thing”.

He added; “Clearly the government has some significant challenges to address across a range of global and national issues. However, there are some quick and easy interventions which will support professional and regulated businesses within our industry, and we look forward to engaging with ministers and officials over the coming weeks and months to explore and find solutions to each of them”.