Bedford Vehicles – Creators of the Original Luton Van

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

FileBedford Six WLG

What has nowadays become one of the most popular trade and property removal vehicles ever – the Luton van, originated as a concept in the early decades of the twentieth century, on the drawing boards of famous British truck manufacturer Bedford Vehicles. The vehicle commonly known as a Luton van today, first appeared in nineteen thirty three in the form of a Bedford produced truck chassis simply known as a Bedford Two-ton van. There was no intentional designation as Luton van, but the name stuck as the Bedford plant producing the vehicles was located in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The name Luton van was also popularised by the local hat straw industry – these trucks were used for transportation of straw hats hence Luton vans.

Bedford Vehicles – quick history

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Mediterranean Islands where you are going to find paradise

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Santorini

If you are looking for a great vacation spot that would be different from anything that you have ever experienced in your life, then some of the fine islands that are lined along the Mediterranean coast would definitely be up to and beyond your wildest dreams. Be advised however, if you spend a week in paradise, you are more than likely to start checking out your local moving companies for help with permanently relocating to some of those place.

Sardinia

The second largest island in the Mediterranean is located to the west of Italy’s mainland. It has the status of an autonomous region that is regarded to in official documents as Regione Autonoma della Sardegna / Regione Autònoma de Sardigna. The largest city of Sardinia, which occupies the functions of a capital as well is Cagliari...

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The ultimate guide to moving homes in the summer

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Moving van

Home moving is always hard, but when you have to do it during the one season which is ultimately associated with vacation and leisure, things are likely to become even harder. Well, there are cases when you just have to get around certain jobs, because they need to be done, so the best course of action would be, without further ado, to start making the necessary preparations. In order to help you, we have gathered the ultimate guide to moving homes in the summer.

The conventional preparations

In many respects, moving in the summer months does not differ from moving at any other time of the year. Because of this there are certain aspects of the job that need to be handled following the conventional methods of the industry.

The proper preparation for a domestic removal of any scale and natur...

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England might not be suitable for producing wind energy

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Wind turbine

The production of green energy – one that uses wind and the sun power as the most basic resource for turning into energy needed for the functioning of modern society – is one of the hottest topics in the industry for the past decades. Green energy production has touched every aspect of human life – from the way we conduct man and van relocations and deliveries to the way we look at the waste management at our homes and at work.

Even though it is fairly obvious that there is not much potential in the production of green energy from the Sun in our country, due to the lack of enough sunny days per year to make the investment viable, there has been much talk about the potential of wind energy production...

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Stagnation of UK Property Listings

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

UK Property market

New property listings on the UK market as dropping. Supply of new properties to buy is stagnated, with just half a percent increase in April as compared to March. Across the nation, the overall drop in new properties listed on the market in March is four percent, including all London boroughs. Although there were towns and cities where new properties did reach the market, the majority of places in UK saw marginal if any increase in supply of new listings. There were also areas where an actual drop was experienced in new properties, especially during April.

UK Property marketThe region which saw the most plunge in new real estate listings in April was Inverness, Scotland – twenty one percent drop. The biggest drop in new listings within Greater London for the month of April was in the Borough of Wandsworth

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600 UK Bank Branches Closed Down in 2015

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

2015 saw the closure of six hundred bank branches across Great Britain with rural areas being hit the hardest. The main reason for closing down so many brick and mortar bank branches is the prevalence of online banking use, rendering physical bank branches less necessary. BankIn the last ten years, more than three thousand bank branches were closed down in Great Britain, which leaves about eight thousand branches currently active. The two banks which closed down the highest number of their branches in 2015 were Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and HSBC – 166 and 146 respectively. Apart from rural areas, the other most affected regions are commuter towns as residents prefer to do banking near their workplace instead of close to their home...

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Why you should move to… Kensington

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Kensington churchKensington is a large urban district that gives half of the name of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It is recognized as being one of the best places to live in the capital, and deservingly so. But before you call your man and van company and start planning your move to Kensington, you might probably want to check out some of the main reasons why the area is so desirable.

Location

Kensington is placed on a very favorable position on the map of London. It is in the very heart of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, but also very near the City and other major centres of London, including tourist attractions, business districts and entertainment areas. This is one of the many reasons why so many people (64 681 according to the latest estimates to be precise) choose to ...

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Why you should move to Camden Town

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Camden TownNow, there is little doubt that London is one of the best places on the planet to live in. The problem is that once you decide that you are going to move to London and call the man and van company, you are going to need to pick up the exact place that you will renting or buying in. Here we will try to make the argument that Camden Town is one of the best places in the capital to live in. Some of the reasons are:

  • The history

The Camden comes from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl of Camden. He was born in 1714 and his earldom estate – Camden Palace – was located in the county of Kent. Gradually, as it often happened in what we currently refer to Greater London – around the estate grew a settlement. An interesting fact is that well into the 20th century, Camden was not considered to be a fashi...

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Box Vans – The Box

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

The essential feature of a Luton van is its cargo box (these vehicles are also commonly known as box vans in the UK). A Luton van without the box is basically a van chassis with a cabin. The cabin of a Luton van doesn’t really differ from the one of a standard panel van of the same make and model. This however is where the similarities between the two vehicles end.

Cargo Box Material

Luton truckThe box of a Luton van determines its cargo capacity volume, its chassis and suspension strength determines the cargo weight. There are different types of cargo boxes fitted on Luton vans. Their main characteristic is the material they are made of.

  • Aluminium cargo box – this type of box is relatively light weight and may slightly improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency...
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Self driving lorries are here

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

The self driving technology, which is planned to be embedded into removal vehicles, has recently become all the buzz in the industry – and there are many good reasons for that. Self-driving worries are set to revolutionize the man and van business by reducing costs, increasing efficiency of services and thoroughly change the way we look at and approach professional moving services.

LorryEven though there are many skeptics towards the idea, the fact is that steps forward to making all the plans a reality have been made. Inspiring progress was achieved in the past several months alone!

First it was announced that by the end of 2016 self driving lorries are going to be tested in the UK...

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