In this episode Adam Maton, Owner and Founder of wemove, discusses how he began his man and van journey in the sexy world of removals & storage 6 years ago, although Adam’s initial career started in the corporate world of Risk Management, where he worked for 8 years before relocating to China to teach English for year.
wemove provide a full domestic removal service (mainly local), packing and some storage, running 4 x 3.5 tonne lutons (with no aspirations to run a big truck) and employ a fulltime team of 7.
One of Adam’s challenges was lack of industry knowledge when he started out. Another challenge was and still is staffing, due to the yearly, monthly, weekly and daily challenges faced by the industry as a whole.
The one thing Adam would change from his moving past is to have started his own storage, as wemove currently sub storage, but it is something Adam will be looking to focus his efforts on over the next 6-12 months during the expected downturn within the removals industry.
Adam’s highpoint of being within the industry is being ranked first on the tender list for the Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch council contract, after only being in the industry for 2 years!
The one thing Adam would change within the moving industry is VAT fraud, especially amongst those operators running 2/3/4 trucks, 4/5/6 men, and Adam has strong and valid views regarding this subject.
The advice Adam would give himself just starting out within the industry again is to potentially be bolder and braver, and in doing so he probably could have achieved some of his successes quicker. Also, Adam believes he could have grown wemove quicker had he sooner learned to leverage capital.
In the next 5 years Adam will focus on wemove and the challenges ahead, especially with the expected shift in supply and demand within the marketplace due to the current economic climate. Industry wise Adam see’s a shift in sustainability as he believes we are behind as an industry.
Outside of the industry Adam has a passion for exercise, whether that be training daily in the gym, playing football or boxing. Adam is also an avid AFC Bournemouth fan and attends every home game but loves the occasional away game.
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, regarding a stressful incident involving bugs.
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Special Guest: Adam Maton.