You may remember last year in May, the Seven Seas Worldwide team descended on a community hall in Cockfosters to organise a charity drive in aid of the Safe Haven Orphanage in Thailand. The reason for this is that over the years, Seven Seas Worldwide has accumulated dozens of boxes from Thai customers who - for one reason or another - never claimed their belongings.
In May we sifted through these abandoned boxes and found a wealth of...um, items.
Once the boxes had been organised and categorised, the team then packed the best items into new Seven Seas Worldwide boxes to send back to Thailand. Destination: The Safe Haven Orphanage,an extremely worthwhile charity that has been supported by our partners Thai Smile for a number of years and help children all over Thailand find stability and safety through shelter, clothing, medical care, nutrition and education.
We are now pleased to announce the items arrived safely and securely at the orphanage with all the children receiving a variety of goods together with celebratory drinks and food. Thank you to all who made this such a successful an rewarding venture.
We've received quite a bit of attention on Facebook recently from customers who have moved abroad with a MoveCube®, so we thought we'd share the love with a blog post, just in case you were thinking of moving with us too.
Chantelle Pooley posted to 'Poms Wanting Oz' showing other potential customers just how much you can store inside a Large MoveCube®. Even we were surprised by the amount. Good luck unpacking all that, Chantelle.
Karl Robbins in Perth also praised our MoveCube® service noting that the cube had been untouched throughout its journey from the UK to Oz. He was also a little bewildered as to how they were able to fit so much into a Large MoveCube® but as you can see, the spacious garage is now home to every item shipped. Good luck to you and the family on your adventure Down Under, Karl.
If you're looking to move to Australia or elsewhere in the world, take a look at our MoveCube® page and find out what we can do for you. We now offer a Multiple MoveCube® service, sending as many MoveCubes® as you need for moving day. Get a free quote or call a member of the team. Oh and if you've used us in the past, get in touch, we'd love to hear your story!
Seven Seas Worldwide helps hundreds of customers every day move their personal belongings from A to B, all over the world. But the boot was on the other foot at the beginning of the summer when we moved our operations from Daventry to the Grovelands Industrial Estate in Warwickshire. Sufficed to say, everything went smoothly!
The decision to move to the estate was agreed with letting agents D&P Holt, confirming a ten year lease term. A total of eight members of the Seven Seas Worldwide team will be based at the unit in Grovelands, overseeing the collections and deliveries of customers throughout the world. The move came about thanks to continued healthy growth for the company over the last few years with a significant percentage of custom coming from the student community.
Seven Seas Worldwide has long been the students' champion, keeping prices low and providing a comprehensive collection, storage and delivery service, in many cases delivering door-to-door, putting an end to the hassle of hiring transport, making visits to expensive self-storage facilities and asking your reluctant friends to help you out on moving day. Plus our international shipping network means we can be here for students all over the world, from the UK and USA to Australia, China and beyond.
The location of the Grovelands Industrial Estate so close to the M6 is perfect for a company like Seven Seas Worldwide who rely heavily on a transport system network to deliver parcels, boxes and assorted personal belongings on a daily basis.
Grovelands has a range of units still on offer ranging from 9,440 sq ft to 43,000 sq ft. For more information contact D&P Holt on 024 7655 5180.
A few weeks ago, members of Seven Seas Worldwide - and several from Thai Smile - found themselves in a community hall in Cockfosters with dozens of boxes that had been abandoned and left with Seven Seas Worldwide.
They opened these boxes and sifted through the many clothes, items and um...stuffed toys within.
It's okay. There's nothing untoward going on. Most of these boxes have been in our UK warehouses since 2009. For whatever reason, the owners decided they no longer wanted their personal belongings and for all intents and purposes abandoned them, leaving us with a lot of warehouse space taken up with obsolete boxes that no one wanted, least of all us.
So with our friends at Thai Smile, we decided to take the boxes to a London location, open them up and see what could be sent to charity. And it was a brilliant day. So much was salvaged and re-boxed for sending back to a charity in Thailand, chosen by Thai Smile.
With the help of a supportive Seven Seas Worldwide crew - which also included director John Henderson - every item that could be spruced up and saved was put into new boxes and labelled up, bound for its new destination in Thailand.
The boxes were heading for an extremely worthwhile charity called the Safe Haven Orphanage who have been supported by Thai Smile for a number of years and help children all over Thailand find stability and safety through shelter, clothing, medical care, nutrition and education.
Once the boxes had been repackaged with new Thai Smile labels, the Seven Seas Worldwide van drove away to begin the long journey to Mae Tawo in the Tha Song Yang District of Western Thailand.
Thanks to all who contributed to a great day. Should we ever be the recipients of such a large consignment of unwanted goods again, we'll know what to do in the future.
I'd made a number of videos for Seven Seas Worldwide before (they're all over this site). These videos all consist of me in a room at home talking about our many different relocation services, interspersed with crude cartoon drawings illustrating the points I'm making. It was very much a one-man operation: I wrote, starred in and edited these videos and I drew all the cartoons too. Response to these videos has been good. A couple of clients got in touch to tell me they were my biggest fans. Little did they know I don't have fans so their size was irrelevant.
Anyway, good though these videos were, I couldn't help thinking that with a bit of money and planning, we could go bigger and produce something universal, something enjoyed by people who had no need to watch a video about relocation and shipping but watched it anyway because a friend sent it to them and told them it was funny.
With that in mind, I did a bit of research and found some viral ad campaigns with humour at its core. After this period of YouTubery, I then went about writing a script - a short punchy introductory piece, layered with gags that will, pardon the cliché, inform and entertain. This was the first time I thought 'let's just write it and deal with the logistics later'. As soon as the script was finished and approved, I made a list of all the people, props and locations I would need to make it work. I also put a message out on Twitter asking for one actor and one actress to play 'helpers' in the video (I would be the presenter, the same character as the one in the other videos).
After a few weeks of preparation involving the procurement or creation of props (including the making of a cardboard ship using children's paints), working out the budget and visiting the Seven Seas Worldwide warehouse in Ashford (the location of the shoot) to do a 'recce', the day came to finally shoot the thing. My trusted friend and colleague, Anthony Carpendale, a very talented Brighton-based filmmaker, agreed to do the filming. My 'helpers' on the set, actors Steve Hansell and Francesca Fowler, answered my tweet and were consummate professionals throughout.
The day went amazingly well and because it comprised of long, unedited shots with Anthony following everything on his steadicam, the scenes flowed nicely and we were finished ahead of schedule. If I'm in charge of a shoot, I am adamant that we finish on time. Occasionally I get work as an actor myself and my biggest frustration is witnessing a crew mumble and tinker and discuss for hours on end about lighting and framing with nothing being achieved and the hours slipping away. It doesn't have to be like that. Sometimes you can just motor on and see what you get. And that's what we did.
I was extremely pleased that I took this idea to my bosses and that I produced something out of my comfort zone. I think it's a funny little video and judging by the reactions on Twitter, a few thousand people enjoyed our endeavours too.