In this episode Graham Byers, Managing Director of Removal Services Scotland discusses how he began in the industry in 1986 as a trainee manager for Pickfords, becoming their youngest branch manager at the tender age of 21!
In 1992/3 Graham’s good friend Ian Wright started Removal Services Scotland, a company Graham joined from the offset, and in 2017 Graham and his colleague Greg McMullan took over ownership.
Removal Services Scotland is your traditional domestic and commercial removal company with its own container storage facility. Removal Services Scotland also provide European removals, which since Brexit has become more complicated, bureaucratic, time consuming and costly, but they are getting better prices due to fewer companies providing this service.
Graham has faced many challenges in his removal career, especially in the last 5 years since becoming a company owner but moving from a long-standing employee to company owner has been his biggest.
The one thing Graham would like to change from his moving past is to have become a company owner sooner, something that seemed so daunting during his early years within the industry.
Graham has a couple of highpoints of being within the industry, his early days at Pickfords being one, and taking ownership of Removal Services Scotland, and more recently Guardian Moving & Storage, being the other.
The one thing Graham would like to change within the industry is to accelerate the transition from diesel to electric/bio-fuel trucks as the opportunity is very limited at the current time.
The advice Graham would give himself just starting out in the industry again is not to be put off having a go at running your own business.
In the next 5 years Graham wants to continue to push and develop both Removal Services Scotland and Guardian Moving & Storage, and to ensure that there is an easy transition if and when Graham’s wife says he has to stop! Industry wise Graham hopes more people join the industry, skilled or unskilled, by showing them the possibilities that exist within our industry.
Outside of the industry Graham enjoys running and is part of a local club, he is a season ticket holder at Glasgow Rangers FC and loves his holidays, with Italy being his favourite destination.
And as always we end Moving Matters with a funny moving story, two in fact, one regarding a new suit and the other a shipping container prank.
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Special Guest: Graham Byers.