Another curve ball has been thrown our way, and it’s
up to us to decide how we are going to strike it,
writes Ian Palmer, BAR President and White &
Company Chief Executive.
16 Removals & Storage June 2020
The next stages in the BAR’s 2020 competitions
for the three prestigious industry awards – the
Domestic Mover of the Year (DMotY), the
Commercial Mover of the Year (CMotY) and
the Overseas Mover of the Year (OMotY) – have
been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus
The decision, which was unanimously agreed
by the BAR, its Functional Group Chairmen
and the sponsors of each competition, follows
the postponement of the 2020 BAR Annual
Conference in Jersey to ensure the safety of BAR
Members, Affiliates, staff and their families. As
a result, this year there will no longer be an
awards ceremony that enables the competition
winners and sponsors to be formally recognised
by their peers across the sector.
Circumstances permitting, the BAR hopes to
reschedule its popular industry competitions
for next year’s BAR Annual Conference in Jersey
and continue to recognise and reward the very
highest levels of service excellence within the
professional moving industry.
Riding out turbulent times with
cooperation and kindness
These are unprecedented times for all, and we are
presented with some very unique challenges. Nobody
can rely on past experience and there is certainly no
management manual that we can follow. We are,
however, a very resilient industry, stubborn almost to a
fault. We will undoubtedly come through this situation,
although what our businesses – large and small – will
look like on the other side is anyone’s guess.
Times are very challenging, but I am confident
that the information and advice that the senior
management team at Watford have passed to our
Membership is the best available, factual, accurate
and complies with the spirit of government direction.
It is right that we should not be looking for loopholes
to continue to work, often placing colleagues and
customers at risk, but it is also right that those amongst
us that can continue to work safely, serving healthcare,
the NHS and the Ministry of Defence do so without
endangering the wellbeing of others.
We have always supported one another in this
industry, and at this time I think it is really vital that we
continue to do so as we all become accustomed to a new
way of working. If we try to be supportive of one another
and – dare I say it – simply be kind, we will all come
through this together.
Every good wish to you, your colleagues and their
families. Stay safe and let’s all be the best we possibly
can for our colleagues, customers and the public alike.
“We have always supported
one another in this industry,
and at this time I think it is
really vital that we continue
to do so as we all become
accustomed to a new way
of working. If we try to be
supportive of one another
and – dare I say it – simply
be kind, we will all come
through this together.”
Ian Palmer, BAR President
To contact Ian, email
For more information, contact
The BAR Board of Directors 2020
White & Company
BAR Services Ltd.
0116 289 9011
Note: The above individuals are considered automatically (re-)elected, subject to ratification by their respective Boards and/or Group Councils at this month’s virtual BAR AGM.