In August, Bishop’s Move undertook the relocations of Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor, Philip Hammond from 10 & 11 Downing Street.
The company was also chosen to move the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, into Downing Street.
Bishop’s Move was put on standby without knowing the move dates. With August being the industry’s busiest month of the year, the lack of notification was a challenge, but following numerous conversations and security clearance, resources were duly allocated.
Each move went to plan despite the soaring heat wave and various on-site building refurbishments, which meant changing move plans and access points. Furthermore, day one of move one, happened to be the day Boris Johnson held his first cabinet meeting as the new PM, so with 200-plus worldwide press onsite this added a different dimension to the move processes. Bishop’s managing director and chairman were in attendance for all three moves at various points to ensure that all involved, from the individuals and their families to the staff at No.10, were happy with how the relocations were being executed.
Two brand-new 18t vans were used, including the company’s 165th anniversary vehicle, a unique retro design specifically commissioned to celebrate Bishop’s heritage.
Bishop’s Managing Director Al Bingle said, “We were extremely proud to have been chosen by Philip and Theresa May and Mr & Mrs Hammond to carry out their initial moves into Downing Street back in 2016 and were delighted that they chose to move with us again. To be then asked by the new Chancellor of the Exchequer to assist their family move in, on the recommendation of those already involved, was a testament to the level of service provided by the company.”
Bishop’s Move Foreman Mark Allen with Theresa May
Bishop’s 165th anniversary liveried vehicle