Chudley Moving &
Shipping joins Fox Group
The Fox Group of companies has acquired Somerset-based BAR
Member Chudley Moving & Shipping. The purchase is set to enhance
the group’s coverage of the South West of England and solidify its
leading position within the international moving market.
Chudley Moving & Shipping will retain its individual
identity and branding within the Fox group structure.
Former owner and BAR Vice President Mark Chudley, who
has built up Chudley Moving & Shipping over 25 years of
trading, will continue to lead the firm as its Local Director
to ensure a seamless transition and continuation of its
culture. Although staffing has been pared back because of
the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, all the company’s
key workers have been retained.
Mark and Paul Fox, Managing Director of the Fox
Group, have been close associates for many years, and
presently serve as fellow directors on the BAR Board.
“The moving market is changing, and joining the Fox
Group will enable us to continue to develop our Cyprus
service as well as the more specialist antique shipping
service on which we built our business,” Mark said.
“I’ve known Paul Fox for many years, and I have the
greatest of respect for the way his company operates. I
look forward to the new challenges ahead.”
Both businesses have begun to gear up preparations
for a gradual return to trading after the unprecedented
restrictions placed on the industry because of Covid-19,
and they aim to bounce back to continued growth by
capitalising on the new synergies that the purchase
has enabled across the Fox Group’s wide portfolio of
business departments and nationwide reach.
Established in 1971, Fox Moving & Storage has grown
from a single location in Cwmbran, South Wales, to a
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network of a dozen-plus branches employing more
than 150 people in the UK and covering all aspects of
national and international moving and storage.
has set out an action
plan containing 18
measures to make
motorways safer and
easier to use.
As part of the reforms, dynamic hard shoulder
motorways will be phased out by the end of
March 2025. These open up the hard shoulder
as a fourth live lane to increase capacity and
improve traffic flow in busy periods. All-lane
running motorways will take their place.
Additionally, the distance between emergency
stopping areas will be reduced to a maximum
of one mile – and every three-quarters of a mile
where possible. These refuge areas will also be
made more visible through clearer and more
Radar-based ‘stopped vehicle detection’
technology will be rolled out across the entire
smart motorway network within the next 36
months, enabling broken-down vehicles to be
more quickly identified and lanes more swiftly
closed to prevent drivers from becoming trapped
in speeding traffic.
A national awareness campaign to educate
drivers on how smart motorways work will
launch later this year and will include advice on
what to do in the event of breaking down on a
The package of measures arrives thanks to
a recent government review into the safety of
smart motorways, commissioned on the back
of widespread public confusion about how to
navigate the network and growing concern
about a number of deaths that have taken place
on it. BBC Panorama recently revealed that 38
drivers have been killed on smart motorways
over the past five years, and that the number of
near-miss incidents on a single stretch of the
M25 has risen 20-fold since its hard shoulder
was removed in 2014.
“The moving market is
changing, and joining the
Fox Group will enable us
to continue to develop our
Cyprus service as well as
the more specialist antique
shipping service on which we
built our business. I’ve known
Paul Fox for many years, and
I have the greatest of respect
for the way his company
operates. I look forward to
the new challenges ahead.”
Mark Chudley, Local Director,
Chudley Moving & Shipping
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Business rates revaluation postponed to 2022
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has
announced that a revaluation of business rates
planned to take place in 2021 has been postponed to
the following year.
The revaluation was due to review the rateable
value of businesses and non-domestic property
to ensure rates remain fair and accurately reflect
property rental values.
The legislation that had been introduced to bring
forward the next revaluation by one year from 2022 to
2021 will now not be applied to reduce uncertainty for
firms affected by the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Do your drivers know how to
navigate smart motorways
safely and without risk of
getting points on their licence?
For more information about
BAR Training Services’
dedicated smart motorways
DCPC course, see page 38
of this issue.