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Removals UK To Spain - What Is The British Association Of Removers?

If you are moving from the UK to Spain to live, permanently or for a short-term basis, you will still want to have your personal possessions with you. A Removal to Albacete for instance is a popular choice with clients and the BAR has many moves that can offer services to such destinations.

To make sure that they all arrive in one piece, you should search for a company that is recognised by the BAR (British Association of Removers).This is a trade association for removals companies, and while not all companies will be signed up, the membership has many benefits.

With 100 years in the industry, the BAR is highly trusted, and removal services which are BAR members must adhere to very high standards of service or have their membership revoked. This includes holding specific insurance levels and types, and is still valid across countries. A BAR membership means that your move will proceed as smoothly as possible.

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More importantly, people that use BAR Members for removals or storage do so in the knowledge that they can expect complete transparency in all their dealings with the Member and will receive a high level of service throughout.

Where Members take money in advance of the move which is standard industry practice you are protected by BARs Advanced Payment Guarantee. In the rare event that your mover experiences financial difficulties and is unable to carry out your move, that advanced payment will be protected by BAR. For further peace of mind should a dispute arise with the mover there is a defined procedure in place to rectify the situation, through the FREE and independent Dispute Resolution Service.

Advance Moves often uses agents that are BAR registered to offer quotations and services to their clients when undertaking removals UK to Spain.

  • 1. The BAR has several different types of membership: UK membership, Overseas Group Membership ( this is where you will find many companies undertaking removals UK to Spain), Commercial Moving Group Membership, Self Storage Interest Group Membership.Companies can also be International Affiliates (non-UK businesses trading in the removal industry) and Affiliates (companies who are not engaged in removals and storage activities but who provide goods and services to the industry).
  • 2. The BAR has the only Code of Practice in the moving industry thats approved and monitored by the Trading Standards Institute.
  • 3. The Trading Standards Institute monitors the performance of all BAR members.
  • 4. BAR covers both UK and International moves.
  • 5. BAR has its own training division BAR Training Services, offering professional business training courses that set the standard in industry specific training.
  • 6. BAR members are subject to ongoing site inspections during their membership.
  • 7. BAR also runs the Trusted Mover website to help you find BAR removers.

Organisation profile:

The BAR has established itself as an industry body with a mission to uphold professional standards in the moving sector for the benefit of its members and also for their customers. It has a code of practice that sets standards of service, materials, vehicles and warehousing, staff training and how to deal with a situation if something goes wrong.

It also provides financial protection for customers, for example where a job is cancelled by the mover. Customers can complain to the BAR about a member and there is also an alternative dispute resolution service.

Training is a key part of the BAR membership programme and members have access to ELearning modules on topics such as leadership, finance, sales and selling, customer service, marketing, coaching, management and supervisory skills development.

BAR appears frequently on the websites of British movers and many of those who list it focus on its longevity as one of the oldest trade associations in the removals sector and its history of more than a century.

The fact that Trading Standards has approved its Code of Practice is seen as another major plus as this provides assurance to consumers that their interests are protected beyond the basic requirements of the law.

The fact that the association carries out ongoing site inspections is seen as important, as is the fact that members must provide evidence of ongoing customer satisfaction. This includes sites within Europe, so you can rest assured with a removal UK to Spain that the Spanish depot will have been seen by a BAR member if the company is registered.

Removal to Albacete

A removal to Albacete is a popular relocation choice for expats. Albacete is a city and municipality in the Spanish autonomous community of CastillaLa Mancha, and capital of the province of Albacete. Albacete is located to the Southeast of the Central Meseta, in the La Mancha de Montearagón region. It is a modern capital and one of the most important hubs of communication, commerce and industry in the country. With a population of approximately 172,816 in the municipality proper, and 219,121 in the larger metropolitan area, it is the largest city in both the province and the region of CastillaLa Mancha, and indeed one of the largest of inland Spain, being included in the 20 largest urban areas in Spain. Albacete is divided into the upper town (Alto de Villa), or old quarter, and the lower, modern town (Villa de Abajo).

If you are thinking of relocating and a removal to Albacete is something you have considered, here is some general information on the City and what is has to offer.

Albacete is the economic and judicial capital of CastillaLa Mancha, being home to the regional High Court of Justice. The writer, novelist, essayist and literary critic Azorin described the city of Albacete in a poem as "The New York of La Mancha".

The origins of the city are uncertain, with the earliest proof of settlement dating to the time of Al-Andalus, when the settlement was originally named Al-Basīt, meaning "The Flat" in the Arabic referring to the flat land around. The city increased in prominence in the early 20th century during the Spanish Civil War due its strategic importance as national headquarters of the International Brigades.

At present, Albacete is a modern capital with large areas for pedestrians and green areas. Further its flat area and the elimination of architectural barriers have also led it to be one of the most accessible cities across the country, with better quality of life and one of the safest.

The entertainment is one of the hallmarks of the capital of Albacete, with large areas of party as La Zona, El Campus or Los Titis hosting thousands of albaceteños and visitors throughout the year, highlighting their hectic and very active day and night life by enjoying famous throughout Spain. Other of its attractions in this regard are the traditional Tascas de la Feria or the castizo outdoor market of Los Invasores. The city also has innumerable festivals and traditions, among which the Albacete Fair stands out. It has been declared of International Touristic Interest and is celebrated the 7th through 17th of September in honor of the Virgin of the Plains (Virgen de los Llanos).

Albacete is a commercial and industrial city par excellence, reflected in its extensive commercial area that includes more than 556 723 people from 154 municipalities. Its privileged location, halfway between Madrid and the Mediterranean coast, makes it the main logistical hub and communications for Southeast Spain, with great connections by motorways, rail (including AVE), and air (Albacete Airport), which connects points of the Spanish geography.

The city is now a market centre for agricultural produce (fruit and saffron). Industry is primarily based on agriculture, but textile and metallurgical manufacturing play a large role in the economy. Knives and daggers from Albacete, now sold chiefly as souvenirs, are well known throughout Spain.

The industry is one of the pillars of the city, and evidence of the industrial and commercial importance in the city we see the Barrio de la Industria (industrial neighborhood), born as a consequence of the growth of the city. As well as the Pasaje Lodares, a commercial and residential arcade, an example of the modernist architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. Albacete is home to major multinationals and has five large industrial zones, including Campollano, which is the largest industrial area of CastillaLa Mancha and one of the largest in Spain. Higher education and research are another major development areas of the city, highlighting the University of CastillaLa Mancha, the Biomedical Campus of Albacete and the Technology Park of Albacete.

The aviation industry is one of the main economic engines of the city. Albacete hosts the School of TLP NATO pilots, Los Llanos Air Base, Ala 14 and the Air Maestranza Albacete, the most important of Spain. In addition, the city houses the Air and Logistic Park of Albacete, home to major companies.

Things to see in Albacete:

The Lodares passage was constructed in the image and likeness of the commercial galleries that still exist in Italy. Its iron and crystal ceiling is a large skylight that joins the streets of Tinte and Mayor. Inside we see allegorical figures that represent Industry, the Richness of the Earth, the Poetic Arts and Liberal Arts; in addition to numerous heads of Mercury, god of commerce.

The Cathedral is a Renaissance-Baroque work, declared as such when the Diocese of Albacete was established in 1949 and whose construction dates to the 16th century. It joins different architectural styles: inside neo-medieval, front door neo-Romanesque; western facade neo-Gothic, among others. In the chapel dedicated to the Virgin of the Plains we have an interesting ribbed vault with lanterns and in the sacristy some beautiful painted murals of the same century.

The Circus Theatre, inaugurated the 7th of September of 1887 with a capacity of more than 1,000 people. It has a neo-mudejar style, but it has been reformed on various occasions. In 1993 it was acquired by the City Council as public heritage and they began the last rehabilitation projects. Currently it hosts all kinds of performances. The Circus Theatre, the only one in Spain and declared an asset of cultural interest.

The citys traditional houses are also worth a look; they are characterised by a layout of rooms centred on a pretty courtyard, and some are adorned with coats of arms. You can find the best examples around Calle Tejares (Tile Street). Even the tourist office is an interesting piece of architecture, housed inside the Posada del Rosario, which has a mix of gothic, mudejar and renaissance architecture. In the area around Calle Ancha (Wide Street) youll find shopping centres full of local and international brands, plus smaller boutiques and craft shops. Youll notice a lot of places selling nothing but cutlery, knives and even swords, which the region is famous for producing.

Streaky bacon, pork loins and all types of pork products are loved in Albacete, and this is also one of the best places in Spain to sample some caracols, or snails. These delicacies are traditionally eaten during the September festivities, but you can often find them year-round in tapas bars such as those around Plaza de Altozano.

If all the partying gets too much, take some time out in one of the city parks. Albacete has plenty of green spaces, and youre sure to find a quiet spot under the shady trees of the Abelardo Sánchez Park or the Fiesta del Árbol Park, where you can watch the locals playing a game of bochas, similar to pétanque.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle after a few days in the city, Albacete is a great starting point for trips to nearby hiking spots at Montes de Chinchilla, Lagunas de Ruidera nature reserve and Sierra de Alcaraz. To the north, you can find the pretty Jucar Valley, dotted with traditional villages, oak trees and green pastures


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