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Expat Wellbeing: Combating Loneliness

When making the decision to take the plunge and move overseas, you’ll no doubt be faced with many concerns, worries and fear, which may at times mean you experience some confusion and indecision as to if moving overseas is a viable option for you. One of the biggest fear’s wannabe expats can experience, especially those moving on their own, is the possibility of loneliness - missing family and friends and struggling to make new connections and friendships in a new culture are ... Read more

How to Apply for a US Green Card

Securing a green card can be one of the most difficult things for someone looking to move to the US, yet it is vital for anyone hoping to get a job and be able to support their family after the move. The majority of green cards are given to those who have an association with the US (i.e. with family in the US or who have been offered a job there). There are also a large range of other circumstances in ... Read more

4 Key Things You Must Do Before Emigrating

If you are heading overseas to enjoy life as an expat it can seem chaotic before you leave. Getting everything in order can present a headache and the countless forms and online paraphernalia is exhausting. However, to make your life a little easier, here is a brief guide we have put together for you to ensure that you tie up all loose ends before you emigrate. Sorting Out Your Finances Before you go anywhere it is good to decide what it is you ... Read more

4 Amazing Experiences in St Lucia

Anyone and everyone will go wild for the stunning beauty of St Lucia. It’s a beauty that is unmatched by anywhere else in the Caribbean. Nestled between Martinique and St Vincent, the teardrop-shaped island packs rainforest, beautiful beaches and gargantuan mountains into just 238 square miles. Part of the quintessential Caribbean idyll, St Lucia creates a lasting first impression. The Piton Mountains, which are fringed by coral reefs and sandy shores rise majestically from the horizon. With temperatures kept just the right ... Read more

Worthy Winners for our Royal Wedding Competition

We ran a high profile social media competition back in the spring aimed at increasing brand awareness for Britannia and growing our social media follower base. The prize was £1000, and the competition was open to anyone getting married or having a civil partnership ceremony during 2018. Entrants simply needed to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, like one of our competition posts, and leave a comment telling us how the money would help them. We had hundreds of entries, and ... Read more

Lanes of Cornwall receive nomination for prestigious award

Congratulations to Laura Johns (Britannia Lanes of Cornwall) on her becoming a finalist for the UK’s Self-Storage Manager of the Year organised by the UKSSA (UK Self-Storage Association). The UKSSA awards will be held on 7th September with Lanes nominated in two categories; Best Self storage facility and Best self storage manager. The winners will be entered into the European awards, which will be announced at the FEDESSA Conference in Paris running from 26th to 28th September, involving 550 delegates from ... Read more

Why Expats Move Abroad – Which one are you?

With over 4.5 million Brits living abroad, there is clearly some appeal for prospective expats to up sticks and begin a new life abroad. But, for so many, what is the primary motivation to move abroad? Is it a unique set of circumstances or are there undelaying themes for what really drives the ultimate decision to take action and relocate overseas? Well, we need wonder no more! Thanks to InterNation’s recent survey, in which over 18,000 expats across 187 counties were surveyed, ... Read more

Reeves say a sad farewell to Stephen Massey

Britannia Reeves were saddened to receive the news this week that Stephen Massey passed away after a short battle with  cancer.  Having overcome oesophageal cancer 7 years ago he went sick just 2 months ago and following tests was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer.  Stephen was 3 weeks short of completing 40 years’ service with Reeves having joined straight from school at 16 starting on the vehicles before working his way up to sales manager - a job he loved ... Read more

Malcolm “Malc” Halley Obituary

Malcolm “Malc” Halley died peacefully at home with his family on the 8th of August 2018 aged 69.  Malc was Chairman of John Bradshaw and Son Ltd which was acquired from Derek Blatchford in the early 1980’s. From that time, the company grew steadily and continually to include Britannia Bradshaw, Britannia Goodwins and BCL Moving Ltd. Malc also had interests in Bradshaws of Leicester Ltd.. An early member of Britannia Movers International, Malc continued to be an active and strong supporter of BMI ... Read more

What you Need to Know About UK Expat Buy to Let Mortgage Opportunities

The United Nations statistics estimate over 4.5 million British Citizens now live overseas and since the 2016 EU referendum, over 100,00 Brits have emigrated. So, it appears many more will continue to follow and as a result, the Expat buy to let market is currently booming. One of the many considerations’ expats experience when planning their move abroad, is whether to purchase a buy to let property or let their UK home while overseas. Maintaining a foothold in the UK can provide ... Read more