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Removal Services in the UK: Market Research Report

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Removal Services Market Research Report | SIC H49.420 | Jun 2017

Moving on: Demand is expected to be strong in the short term as firms leave the United Kingdom

IBISWorld’s Removal Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Cartus Limited Cartus Limited market share
Moving Services Group UK Moving Services Group UK market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • High margins associated with low fuel costs attracted new entrants, increasing competition
  • Uncertainty since the EU referendum caused buyers to hold off on purchasing property, lowering demand
  • Businesses leaving the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union is expected to constrain long-term demand
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Demand for removal services is highly dependent on activity in the residential and commercial property markets, and customers’ willingness to spend on the range of extras that specialist removal firms offer. The industry has performed relatively well over the past five years and revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 1.4% over the five years through 2017-18. In the current year, the industry is forecast to generate revenue of £988.7 million, an increase of 1.3% on the previous year.

The introduction of more government support for the housing market in 2013-14 rejuvenated the market and provided strong demand for industry services. A significant increase in property transactions in 2013-14 stimulated strong growth in industry revenue... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The industry is considered to have a moderate level of capital intensity. In 2017-18, the average removal business is estimated to spend £1.00 on capital for every £7.22 spent on labour. The industry oscillates between medium and low levels of capital intensity, depending on the level of demand for services. The capital intensity of a business may fall when demand picks up, as new workers are taken on. However, if the outlook for demand is good then firms may invest in new vehicles in preparation. Small operators have a low capital or investment requirement. The only significant capital expenditure needed for a small operator is a van or lorry, and these are increasingly leased rather than purchased. The.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Removal Services Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Removal Services Industry are

  • Optimum capacity utilisation
  • Having a good reputation
  • Having a diverse range of clients
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Number of residential property transactions in the Removal Services industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Removal Services Industry?

    This industry includes all businesses that provide removal and relocation services to businesses and households by road.

    Industry Products
    Warehouse and storagePacking and related servicesDomestic removal servicesInternational removal services
    Industry Activities
    Packing goodsStoring goodsTransporting goodsInsurance brokerage

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Number of residential property transactions
  • Demand from truck rental and leasing
  • Number of businesses
  • Current Performance
  • Business relocation
  • Property transactions
  • Removal rates
  • Profit moving
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Housing market
  • Business demand
  • Tracking technology
  • State of the industry
  • Table: Removal Services Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Removal Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Estate Agents
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair
  • Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
  • Petroleum Refining
  • Sea & Coastal Freight Water Transport
  • Products & Services
  • Domestic removal services
  • International removal services
  • Packing and related services
  • Warehouse and storage
  • Other
  • Chart: Removal Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Corporations
  • Owner-occupied households
  • Other removal companies
  • Renters
  • Government agencies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Removal Services Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Removal Services
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Removal Services Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Pickfords Move Management Ltd
    Cartus Limited
  • Table: Pickfords Move Management Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Cartus Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Removal Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Removal Services Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A person who owns their place of residence.
  • Property Consultancy
  • Management and advisory services relating to moving property.
  • Relocation
  • The movement of a customer to a new location, most commonly in reference to an employee of a business or the entire business itself.

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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Removal Services market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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