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We are recruiting

Ballards have a range of vacancies available based at Markham Moor We have a range of opportunities to join the professional removals team at our base near Retford and Newark, just off the A1. Here are our current vacancies. Senior Class 2 Driver Class 2 Driver Senior Porter- Foreman (when...

Self-store or Managed Furniture Storage – Which Is Best?

Let’s consider both options The best choice for you will depend on a range of factors including the amount of property you need to store, how portable it is and how long you want to store it for. The good news is that Ballards offer both self-store and managed furniture...

Richard Ballard – growing up in Retford

A few more lockdown reflections about my early life in and around Retford My home town was, and still is, Retford. When I think back, it was quite an industrial town with several large employers. In no particular order, I can remember Jenkins, who made all sorts of fabrication &...

Richard Ballard – my early years

Sharing some more memories from my past As many people have found, the COVID-19 lockdown gave us time to think and reflect, and I’ve found myself reminiscing about my childhood and early adult life, so I thought I’d write down some of the things I remember well. Born in 1952,...

Emerging from lockdown – is it safe to move home?

Are many people moving home at the moment? What's changed following the COVID-19 lockdown? House moves were all put on hold for a couple of months from March due to COVID-19, however since 11th May, in line with government guidance, we’ve been fully up and running and helping many families...

A removal man’s memories of Gainsborough and district

Gainsborough has seen a lot of changes over the years - with a lot more to come! Ballards Removals was established by me, Richard Ballard, in 1978, so my memories of removals in Gainsborough go back a long way! We’ve provided removals services to people and businesses in and around...

Why park your caravan on your drive?

Wouldn’t Gold Standard caravan storage be a better option? Many caravan owners park their caravans on their drives during the summer, so they’re close at hand for cleaning and maintenance – and of course loading up and setting off for a holiday or a long weekend. This is what caravans...

Quality Management Standards – tick!

More evidence of Ballards commitment to providing outstanding service in removals and storage. We are delighted to have achieved a range of British and European Quality Standards, and are the only Removals Firm in the local area to hold all 6 of the most demanding standards available.  The attainment of...

The “old girl” takes to the streets in Stratford

See the parade of vintage removals vehicles organised by BAR As active members of BAR, the British Association of Removers, we were delighted to be involved with the annual conference on 23-25 May. This year, the event was in Stratford-upon-Avon and as always was a useful event for removal professionals....

Are you renovating your home?

You might need some more storage space – here are some options Most of us have done some home renovation at some point, whether just stripping down and redecorating a room, redesigning a kitchen or bathroom, or having an extension built. According to a 2018 report by Hiscox, the number...

Sheffield back in the Premier League

We do a lot of removals work in and around Sheffield and some of our team members come from the area, so we’d like to mark the recent promotion of Sheffield United – back in the Premier league after 6 years. This is a great boost for Sheffield and will...

The changing face of Retford – our home town

Reflecting on some of the changes we've seen in Retford - moving with the times! Ballards Removals, our family business, has evolved massively since its formation, and we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on some of the changes we’ve seen in our local town of Retford over the...