Case Study: Relocating an employee from Australia to London

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Michael, a Maintenance Adviser for an international oil and gas company, had been offered a 15 month assignment to London in the UK. He planned to relocate from Australia, with his wife and four children, aged 2, 4, 6 and 9 years old.

Michael’s family was one of a group of 12 families moving to the UK for a specific project, so TRC were contracted by his company to arrange their destination services. For a detailed description about how The Relocation Consultancy helped with this corporate assignment, go to http://www.therelocationconsultancy.com/relocating-to-london

The Relocation Consultancy are experts in destination services and provide a range of options to support families moving to the UK. For a FREE consultation on the services that may be suitable for you, call +44 (0)118 947 0029 or email info@therelocationconsultancy.com. Alternately, you can find out more about our services at http://www.therelocationconsultancy.com/relocation-services

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New Testimonial

The following testimonial is from an assignee who undertook a corporate relocation from Australia to London, with destination services in the UK provided by The Relocation Consultancy. [February 2013]

“After Jenny managed my family’s recent relocation I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She went well beyond requirements to make sure setting up in a new location ran smoothly – I thought personal service like this didn’t exist anymore!”

The Relocation Consultancy are experts in destination services and provide a range of options to support families moving to the UK. For a FREE consultation on the services that may be suitable for you, call +44 (0)118 947 0029 or email info@therelocationconsultancy.com. Further details of our services can be found at www.therelocationconsultancy.com.

Livinko Relocation Services Join Relolink

TRC would like to welcome Livinko Relocation Services, who have just joined Relolink, providing destination services in South Korea.

Their friendly and skilled relocation specialists provide comprehensive support whenever and wherever clients need it. Livinko want their clients to feel excited about their journey to Korea and to feel welcome, happy, and secure once they arrive. To do this, Livinko have built a business that focuses wholly on client satisfaction, through continuous improvement and by offering a broad selection of innovative services.

For a limited time only, The Relocation Consultancy Ltd are offering all new Relolink clients 10% off our management fee. Simply state the code RELO10 at the time of your booking. Call on +44(0)118 947 0029 or email info@relolink.co.uk for more information.

High Integrity Relocation Services

The Relocation Consultancy Limited (TRC) have been in operation for more than 25 years, and have remained true to our core values throughout. We believe that one of the most important values we have is our integrity. Creating an open and honest dialogue with our clients helps us to understand their requirements better, meaning that we genuinely understand all their needs. This in turn leads to better long-term working relationships, which are beneficial to all concerned.

We continue to provide complete transparency in relation to our fees. Prices for all our packages are regularly reviewed to ensure they are competitive, and, unlike many other companies, we ensure our clients are only charged for the hours actually spent facilitating their staff moves. All our packages can be broken down into their component parts, ensuring our clients always get a fully tailored, relevant service for their assignees.

Additionally, whilst many companies in this industry bolster their fees by taking commissions/referral fees from third party providers, we seek to gain the best possible prices for our clients. Instead of taking referrals, we always request that any such payments are converted into discounts and applied to client invoices. By doing this, we are able to keep external fees at very competitive rates.

But it’s not just about having integrity with our prices – this value entwines every element of our business – particularly in regards to the relationships we build with assignees and their families. Our ‘high touch’ services ensure that those relocating remain at the centre of all we do, at every stage of the process. Like a good friend, we ensure we are on hand whenever needed, to give them the friendly, personal attention they so rightly deserve. But don’t just take our word for it – some recent comments from assignees we have relocated include:

“Jenny & her team genuinely cared about making our move as painless as possible. Moving 4 kids half way around the world, this was very much appreciated – Thank you & well done!”

“Your proactive service was greatly appreciated. You guys were always one step ahead of our needs and this level of service is rare.”

“Overall – fantastic help and TRC have helped to make our relocation as smooth as we could have hoped! Thank you!”

“TRC did a good job of matching us with a consultant that took the time to get to know us and our needs. She had great local knowledge and seemed to genuinely care about finding a property that we would be happy with.”

“Thank you and well done. Your work made a stressful move (4 kids and 16 years in previous location) much easier.”

The Relocation Consultancy are experts in destination services and provide a range of options to support families moving to the UK. For a FREE consultation on the services that may be suitable for you, call +44 (0)118 947 0029 or email info@therelocationconsultancy.com.

Countdown To A UK Relocation (2-4 Weeks Before)

This is the second edition in our ‘Countdown To A UK Relocation’ series, which aims to tackle the actions that need to be considered for a successful relocation. This week we look at the various tasks that should be considered in the month before the move takes place. Moving to a new country can involve a great deal of processes, but with good preparation any potential stress can be minimised.

Whilst the following list isn’t exhaustive, it should provide some ideas to help with planning a future relocation:

  • Take a ruthless walk through the house to determine what you really want to take.
  • Clearly label items – e.g. ‘left in house’, ‘put into storage’, ‘take to the UK’.
  • Have a clear-out. Hold a garage sale or call a charity for pick-up.
  • Clean out club, gym and school lockers.
  • Arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities.
  • Begin packing less-used items. Number and label each box and keep an inventory.
  • Retrieve and return all borrowed items from neighbours & friends; return library books.
  • Pick up all dry cleaning, pictures at framers, etc.
  • Clean out food cupboards. Don’t buy any more food than you have to.

The Relocation Consultancy are experts in destination services and provide a range of options to support UK moves. For a FREE consultation on the services that may be suitable for you, call +44 (0)118 947 0029 or email info@therelocationconsultancy.com.

Countdown To A UK Relocation (2 months +)

Moving to a new country can involve a great deal of processes, but with good preparation any potential stress can be minimised. The planning process should begin at least two months prior to your move. Indeed, if you need to move pets or you require a visa, you will need to start the processes at least 6 months before your actual move. Delays in getting visas will certainly result in delays in being able to relocate, which can result in more upheaval and expense. Only when you have confirmation of the visa, can you start to firmly plan your relocation. Additionally, it is worth looking into the personal tax implications of your move as early as possible.

Whilst the following list isn’t exhaustive, it should provide some ideas to help with planning a future relocation:

  • Review your relocation package if you have one, and determine what expenses will be paid by your company (e.g. removals costs, storage, property management in home country, transfer of pets, rental, schooling costs, trips home, relocation package and support). Ask them to explain fully if there are any issues you are not clear on.
  • Check your passport is up-to-date and has more than 6 months left on it.
  • Check on progress of visa application process.
  • If you own your property and wish to rent it out whilst you are away, decide whether to do this privately or through rental agents, and begin the process.
  • Decide whether you will be taking all your furniture with you or leaving some in the property or in storage. Get written and complete estimates from 2 or 3 moving companies or storage companies. Purchase additional insurance if necessary.
    Choose what will be sea freight and what will be air freight – such as important documents, some toys, clothes, etc.
  • Change your insurance policies on your property, either for tenants or if left empty.
  • Start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be tax deductible).
  • Arrange transport services for pets or automobiles or other large items if needed.
  • Contact your bank and arrange transfer of your accounts; clean out your safety deposit box, if any.
  • Submit change-of-address forms to the post office to re-direct your mail. We suggest you use your working address in the UK as the forwarding address.
  • Give school / nursery proper notice of withdrawal (and any intention to return). Arrange for transfer of student records and up-to-date school reports, in English. Have multiple copies made. Some schools require reports for the previous 3 years. Get copies of other certificates, such as music, sport, etc.
  • Contact your doctor for copies of medical records. Check any medical cover is valid for as soon as you arrive in new location.
  • Organise all important documents in a fire-safe box. E.g. school records, home purchase/sale papers, Wills, marriage/divorce papers, pet documents, financial records, stock certificates, social security cards, birth certificates and copies of passports and visas. Keep these with you as air-freight or luggage.
  • Give notice of resignation to any clubs, organisations or volunteer activities you belong to.
  • Cancel newspaper subscriptions.
  • Arrange for hotels, rental cars or temporary housing as needed in the home AND host country.

The Relocation Consultancy are experts in destination services and provide a range of options to support UK moves. For a FREE consultation on the services that may be suitable for you, call +44 (0)118 947 0029 or email info@therelocationconsultancy.com.