Shires Removals is a proudly Yorkshire business, with its foundations firmly invested and rooted in this remarkable county.
At the same time, our moving and storage business reaches to the far corners of the country, and the globe.
Behind each move is a person or business who has particular needs and reasons for moving. And at Shires you’ll find a hearty northern welcome from the start, and all the way through your move. Whether you are looking to move to the next town, or you need to move your business premises, or you are relocating to outlying areas of the UK, or crossing oceans, Shires extends the same dependable approach.
The appeal of Yorkshire
It’s not called ‘God’s own county’ for nothing – or country, for that matter. Tourism contributes around £10 billion to the area’s economy. With two national parks attracting more than 20 million visitors a year, a county of sport that includes the Tour de Yorkshire (when the pandemic is over it will resume – now ‘Walkshire’ is the new thing!) And of course, it’s celebrated for its fantastic regional food.
The size of it
Yorkshire has over 5.5 million people – more than the population of Scotland. Believe it or not, Yorkshire has a population larger than Norway, New Zealand, Uruguay and Republic of Ireland. And its economy accounts for about 8% of the UK’s GDP, with a mixed economy base. Spanning 2.9 million acres, it’s a fair size all round!
Birthplace of business success
With an economic output of £142 billion, there are currently 422,000 businesses in Yorkshire. And renowned businesses founded in this region include Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Tetley’s Brewery – to name a few. And Shires Removals!
A Yorkshire success for over 46 years of moving people – around the corner, and around the world.
We’re rooted in Yorkshire northern grit to get things done, and get people moved. Shires Removals was the coming together of the parent company of P. Sweeting Removals and Storage – a family run business, and the joining with other companies. This enabled Shires Removals to cover all of the shire counties including Yorkshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.
Storage is a big part of the process of moving too. And Shires Removals has over 1.5 million square foot of secure storage right in the heart of Yorkshire. This is being put to good use by domestic customers and commercial business clients alike.
Yorkshire – a county on the move
Notwithstanding the profound impact and effect of Covid-19 on the world, the UK, and the Yorkshire community, the ongoing trade and business potential of the region is showing good signs of being on the move.
For example, Leeds is projected to enter the Top 20 Cities in Economic Output by the end of 2021, according to the UK Powerhouse Report by CEBR. This new economic study predicts West Yorkshire is set to recover fast from Covid-19.
These positive signs follow Leeds being named in The Budget as the location for the UK’s first Infrastructure Bank. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the Yorkshire site will “invest across the UK in public and private projects to finance the green industrial revolution, beginning this spring.”
“Support for business over the last decade, coupled with the new bank supporting over £40bn of investment will further enhance the standing of Leeds as a commercial centre and benefit by extension the wider Yorkshire and Humber region,” is mentioned in the report findings.
Office space trends in Leeds city centre and out-of-town office market
According to LOAF (Leeds Office Agent’s Forum) occupier activity in Leeds city centre rebounded in the first quarter of 2021, with a 17 percent increase in transactional activity. The out-of-town office market also saw one of the highest levels of take-up ever recorded.
“We are seeing a considerable uptick in enquiry levels across all market sectors as businesses begin to return to the market to investigate availability and the number and frequency of new office viewings across the city centre is encouraging,” says a LOAF representative. “21 deals this year in the out-of-town market is a huge expression of confidence in business park locations and underlines the continued relevance of easily accessible out-of-town offices as we move in to the ‘new normal’ of working practices, as lockdown eases.”
Some disparities within the North itself
“Some of the differences within the North are bigger than between the North and other parts of the UK.” So says a growth advisory service organisation.
“Even when comparing places that are in close proximity to one another, differences between local economies within a region are significant and across many of the North’s smaller towns the picture is less positive.” Large city centres are benefiting the most, being benchmarks for regional growth. And it is about balancing up between smaller towns and surrounding villages to take them along on the ride to growth and success.
With Shires Removals headquarters being based in Kinsley, Pontefract, it is contributing to the hyperlocal economy and Wakefield vicinity, as well as that of the greater region of Yorkshire.
What Yorkshire has given the world
There are so many things that are attributed to Yorkshire. From Yorkshire puddings to stainless steel, the Bronte sisters to cricket legends. The first commercial steam train to Wensleydale cheese. And the first ever football club.
What we give to you
Everything about your move matters to us at Shires Removals.
We are trusted Moving Professionals with more than four decades of experience and moving our customers.
Established since 1974, our philosophy has always been to offer a top quality service using trained, friendly staff who care about getting the job done properly.
Home Moves. Office Moves. Business Moves.
Whether you are moving house or office, nationally or internationally, our friendly and helpful staff aim to make the move as easy and stress free as possible.
Our head office is located in Kinsley, near Pontefract and Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK but we cater for moves all over the country whether you are moving a few miles or a few hundred miles. Our representatives can visit you at your home to discuss your moving requirements, with no charge and with no obligation to use us.
We provide Local, National and International Removals, Packing, and Storage services to Domestic and Commercial customers.
You find a place, and we’ll take you there!