Minters celebrates 100 years of
moving in Kent
Minters of Deal, a leading family-run removals, storage and haulage firm based in Sandwich, Kent, is
celebrating its centenary this year. Established in 1920, in the wake of the Spanish Flu pandemic, the
company says it is well prepared to navigate challenging times ahead with flexible, affordable and
high-quality service offerings.
Since its foundation Minters has grown from a small operator into a significant
market player within Kent and beyond, encompassing a range of specialisms from
domestic and commercial removals, international shipping, storage and warehousing
and general haulage.
Most of the firm’s work comprises removals within Kent or for customers who are
moving from London to the county, as well as moves to Europe and further afield and
commercial jobs for schools, universities and libraries across the country. Haulage plays
a significant role in the business, particularly thanks to contracts with several large
companies in the European pharmaceutical industry, for whom Minters frequently
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provides just-in-time and temperature-controlled delivery services for medical research
equipment such as sub-zero refrigeration units containing live vaccines.
The company headquarters comprise a 14,000 sq ft warehouse, which has space
for around 400 crates, and a self storage facility made up of 18 20 ft-long containers.
From this large site the firm operates a rolling stock of 18 pristinely maintained
vehicles – two tractor units and trailers, three 18-tonne trucks, a 12-tonne vehicle,
three 7.5-tonners, seven vans and two surveying vehicles – all of which are efficiently
serviced by its dedicated, on-site workshop.
Seasoned logistics professionals
Since the year 2000 Minters of Deal has been in the capable hands of Kevin Fisher and
his wife, Katy. Kevin and Katy bought the company from Kevin’s father, Geoff, who
began work with Minters on his days off while stationed as a Royal Marine in Deal. He
later purchased the company in the 1980s. Following in his father’s footsteps, Kevin
cut his teeth in the sector down under, working for many years at a 75 vehicle-strong
interstate removals and container distribution firm in Sydney, Australia.
Kevin and Katy look forward to leveraging this expertise and their commitment
to continuous improvement to further develop the well-known Minters brand and
reputation for providing professional, reliable and considerate moving solutions.
Burke Bros turns headquarters
into revenue generator
Burke Bros Moving Group has been diversifying its
revenue streams by letting out its trading estate to
local businesses in need of affordable office and
parking space in the Wolverhampton area.
In addition to housing its large moving business,
the company’s site on Fox’s Lane is an approved
operating centre for a number of commercial tenants,
including a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) training
school, a private coach operator, a higher education
provider and several smaller transport companies.
Burke Bros has transformed what was previously
wasteland into high-quality parking space for these
and other businesses that have found commercial
property to be at a high premium in the city. The
firm has built a new set of office buildings on the site
and installed a vertical stacking system to maximise
vehicle capacity, and it is also refurbishing its main
premises to provide additional accommodation
for local companies. The next stage in the
redevelopment plan is to upgrade the on-site rest
facilities to provide first-rate amenities for drivers
using the estate.
Open 24/7 and ideally located within a mile of
the city centre and Molineux Stadium (the home
of Burke Bros’ beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers
F.C.), the property benefits from easy access to the
motorway network. It is also the base of Burke Bros
Recovery, a business division launched in 2009 to
further diversify Burke Bros’ portfolio of offerings.
Burke Bros Recovery specialises in nationwide
breakdown recovery, flood rescue, traffic and event
management, as well as vehicle collection and
delivery for Burke Bros’ international shipments
and for trade partners on request.
For more information, visit www.burkebros.co.uk
For more information, visit www.mintersofdeal.co.uk