In this episode Josh Pask, Managing Director of Pask’s Removals, discusses how he got involved in the industry only 2 years ago during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Josh is a professional football player and after a transfer from West Ham United to Coventry City he suffered ligament damage to one of his ankles at the start of the football season. Once back to playing midway through the season the pandemic hit, and realising the career of a professional footballer is so short Josh set about thinking of ideas of way to provide long term financial sustainability for his family. Josh kept remembering how a local man and van service made good money from his move from London to Coventry, and so the idea of being in Removals was born.
Pask’s Removals opened for business in November 2020, and are a London based company providing domestic and commercial moves, a full packing service, storage (containerised through a third party), and they have also provided a couple of European moves. Pask’s Removals run 4 vehicles (loloaders) and have a team of 7 guys that carry out the moves and a team of 3 ladies that provide the packing service.
Josh’s biggest challenge was ignorance and therefore learning something new, but he is grateful for the advice given by fellow movers (some of whom have been previous podcast guests!). Another challenge is running the business from Coventry when it operates from London, but systematising processes through the use of IT has helped massively.
Josh wouldn’t change anything from his moving past, he is very happy with where Pask’s Removals are currently, however, he is constantly changing, evolving, and refining everything as he goes.
Josh has two highpoints of being within the industry, the first being the two overseas moves (for two fellow professional footballers), and more importantly, the second providing jobs for people.
Josh believes there are many things that need improving within the industry but the one thing he would like to change is the perception and education of moving as a whole, something Josh is trying to do using the company’s social media platforms.
The advice Josh would give himself just starting out in the industry again is encouragement (no fear, no anxiety, no worry), learning from every mistake made along the way.
In the next 5 years Josh has no idea where he will be, 5 years ago he never thought he would be in the moving industry in the first place. Industry wise, new technology especially in the form of AI (artificial intelligence) have and will continue to make significant roles in the moving industry.
Outside of the industry Josh doesn’t really switch off, he is still currently playing professional football (for The New Saints F.C. in the Cymru Premier), he is part of a football and faith charity, he enjoys golf in the summer months, but he does make a conscious effort to find time for loved ones (family and friends).
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story regarding a mix-up in delivery addresses.
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Special Guest: Josh Pask.