A Guide to Joining The British Association of Removers
Written by Zenyx Griffiths
16th Jan 2017 (Last updated on 19th Jun 2020) 2 minute read
The British Association of Removers (BAR) is the recognised voice of the professional moving and storage industry in the United Kingdom. It is a UK Trade Association open to UK businesses trading in the removal industry that seeks to raise standards by giving clear, professional advice to its members.For 100 years, BAR has been dedicated to promoting professional excellence in the removals industry, and is now at the forefront of developing and maintaining professional standards and services for the benefit of its members and their customers.
Why is BAR important?
BAR’s membership criteria ensures that all members work to the BAR Code of Practice, which is the only code in the moving industry that’s approved and monitored by the Trading Standards Institute.
All BAR members abide by this code, which dictates:
- The standards of service they deliver
- The quality of the materials they use
- The standards of vehicles and warehouses they use
- Staff training requirements
- What happens if something goes wrong
To ensure that members consistently demonstrate their commitment to the association’s high professional standards, they are subject to an extensive independent annual inspection and have access to a comprehensive online learning programme.
As well as providing benefits for the consumer, BAR also lobbies government at local, National and European level to ensure that the industry gets a fair deal.
Why should removal companies join?
When removal companies choose to join BAR, their customers can be assured that they are using a reputable, professional and safe remover, and in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, they will have somewhere to turn.
BAR offers member companies a wide range of benefits and resources specifically designed to support and develop their business in the Removals & Storage industry, including:
- Free sales leads from the BAR website
- Free marketing materials to promote their business
- Exclusive partnership with leading consumer brands like Which? and Rightmove
- Free advice from professional advisers
- Preferential rates on products and services from affiliates (companies who provide goods and services to the industry)
- The chance to win the Domestic Mover of the Year (DMotY) award which recognises outstanding performance, commitment, leadership and best practice within the industry
In addition to this, the BAR TSI Code of Practice offers members access to an Independent Alternative Dispute Resolution Scheme, an organisation that offers an independent conciliation and adjudication service to solve conflicts should they arise. BAR also offers its members legal protection through its Primary Authority Scheme.
How can removal companies join?
If you are interested in finding out more about BAR, its membership criteria is available on its website. To join BAR, please contact them by clicking here and giving your company information and contact details, or by calling 01293 699 480.
Compare My Move
At Compare My Move, we think that BAR do excellent work to raise standards in our industry. However, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of legitimate removals companies who aren’t accredited by a professional association.
At Compare My Move, we have a thorough verification process that ensures that our network only consists of the very best professional movers. Our team has years of experience in the removals and storage industry, and we hand pick the very best removals companies in the country.
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