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Great North Snowdogs

Great North Snowdogs

Great North Snowdogs Supported by Quicksilver Removals & Storage

We’re so excited to be part of this fantastic new mass participatory free public art and cultural event taking place across Tyne and Wear in September.

Great North Snowdogs is an initiative by St Oswald’s Hospice to unite businesses and the cultural sectors in the region to fundraise for the charity. Artists will design individual Snowdogs and they’ll be placed along a trail around the region for the general public to visit and get interactive with each sculpture.

We’re supporting this great initiative by packing, wrapping and delivering each Snowdog sculpture to their temporary home, then after the 10-week trail, we’ll be collecting each Snowdog and relocating them to their final destination.

Our new large vans and lorries are perfect for this project to comfortably and safely transport the Snowdogs to their specific locations and all hands will be on deck to move these heavy 1.5m high Snowdogs.

We have specialist removal porters who are experienced at moving large heavy items, therefore, offering our services to support this great initiative is of huge help to ensure these Snowdogs are moved safely to finally be auctioned off at the end of the trail.

We’re big supporters of charity events in the region, especially events that bring art and culture to the general public to increase awareness of the charity as well as the locations these fantastic sculptures will be positioned for 10 weeks.

We’re proud to be amongst some of the big names in the region supporting this great cause including Tyne and Wear Metro, Barbour, Fenwick, Sunderland AFC, Sage Gateshead, Gentoo and many others.

If you’d like to get involved with the Great North Snowdogs there are sponsorship opportunities available and check back on their official website to find out about the trail so you can go and see these wonderful sculptures.

Visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk

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No more 5am wake up calls for Norman after 25 years of service

Newcastle Man With A Van Retires From Quicksilver Removals & Storage

Celebrating 25 years of service at Quicksilver, Norman Crumbie is sadly retiring from the business to pursue a more relaxed lifestyle of retirement with his wife, Jean and grandchildren.

Norman has been an integral part of the Quicksilver team after he joined in 1991 following a career in a factory based environment at British Paints.

Norman was a natural removal porter from the very beginning who successfully completed his BAR (British Association of Removers) Training in 1999 and he used his experience for the most specialised packing jobs ever since. He was our most experienced porter who helped train new recruits and even up until Norman’s last day in service, he was still as active and physically capable of keeping up with our younger members of staff.

Not only was Norman a dedicated member of staff on every job, he woke up at 5am every morning to catch two buses to work and he was never late, never sick and was an exemplary employee who will be a great miss.

Our customers held Norman in very high regard, with requests for him personally to be on their removal jobs and commented he was always entertaining, telling fascinating stories and cracking jokes which made their move less stressful and passed the time.

David Collard, Managing Director of Quicksilver added, “Norman was our most experienced and highly valued employee who we are all going to miss when he retires.

I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Norman for 25 years and he’s a great character as well as being an ultimate professional who takes such pride in his work. I wish Norman a long and happy retirement with his wife and hopefully, there will be no more 5am wake-up calls.”

In 25 years, Quicksilver has seen a huge growth within the removal and storage industry with the construction of new high-security premises in Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the expansion of the team to accommodate on-going customer demand. Norman has supported the business through its continued growth and has been an essential member of staff who has played a big role in helping to maintain the consistency of our high-quality service.

The whole team at Quicksilver are pleased to have had the honour to work with such a wonderful gentleman and we all wish Norman the very best and a long and healthy retirement.

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Art on the Move

When You Need More Than a “Man with a Van” in Newcastle – Quicksilver Removals Art Movers

Whether you’re an artist moving your pieces to galleries for display, to a competition or to an auction house; you need more than simply a ‘man with a van’. Similarly, if you’re an art collector buying artworks and sculptures, you want to ensure its safe move from A to B.

We’ve been relocating and moving art around the UK and globally for over 30 years and following a recent large project with world renowned artist, Nico Widerberg we realised that many artists and collectors in the UK didn’t use specialist art movers.

Read all about the move we completed with Nico Widerberg from Newcastle to Norway to understand how we work.

To be a successful art mover takes years of expertise and knowledge of the industry as it’s a very different and sometimes difficult move to a standard home or office move. The knowledge needed is only gained from years of experience in the industry and constant development of new technologies. Moving art to auction houses

The man with the van may help you physically move your artwork, however when it comes to compliance, insurance and safety you can’t always trust them to reliably move your items with accuracy and care.

With international art moves, it’s prudent to organise the move well in advance of any deadline as timescales for obtaining relevant documentation to enter certain countries can take some time. In our experience, international relocations of artworks go as smoothly as those in the UK, and this is down to our meticulous planning and communication with the artist.

Here are some tips to make your next art move as efficient as possible

  •  Organise transportation with as much prior notice as possible to ensure the size of the van is available and your booking can be arranged for your specific time and date.
  •  Ensure the moving firm has the relevant insurance needed to relocate or move artwork and you receive an accurate and genuine valuation cost of the items to be moved.
  •  If you’re moving your artwork internationally, obtain the correct documentation needed for the move and hand this to the removal firm at the time of booking to speed up the process.
  •  Collaborate with other artists if your items are being moved to the same gallery or exhibition and save on moving costs by moving items together.
  •  If you’re packing the artwork yourself, ensure the moving company knows what each item is and give specific handling instructions if required, to ensure the safest possible move.

The most useful thing about using a specialist art moving company is that your valuable items aren’t shipped from various depots or warehouses, like if you use a postal or courier service. Your items are carefully transported from A to B without the need for unloading or movement giving you a safer transit.

Investing in a specialist art mover is as valuable as the art you buy or create. With art being more accessible these days, we transport more and more artwork each year giving customers the peace of mind their art is in safe hands.

If you require further information regarding moving artwork, please get in touch.

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DIY Removals vs Removal Companies

DIY Removals vs Removal Companies – Quicksilver Removals Explain the Difference

We review the benefits and pitfalls of using one of Newcastle’s removal companies or conducting a DIY removal yourself.

Moving house by yourself can seem like a good idea but when you weigh up the pros and cons it can sometimes be more costly and end in tears!

Seeking professional advice before you move is a must, even if you’re moving just a few streets away or to your first home you’ll receive professional advice to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

DIY Removals

Could be cheaper than a removal firm but imagine tearing a hole in a wall with the corner of a bookcase or dropping a TV, these things can happen and not being experienced in moving large items could add up.

Hiring a van is simple, but driving one may not be. Consider reversing a large vehicle or parking it in a tight space before you make your decision.

Time is against you. You may have only hired a van for a couple of hours or your friends and family may only be able to offer a few hours of help, this will add to your stress levels.

There may be a chain in your house move so getting all of your belongings out of your home in time for the new occupants to arrive is stressful so making several trips to your new home and back could waste crucial time and if there’s any damage while you’re moving, there’s little time to fix it.

Are your friends and family fit and healthy? Removals is hard physical work and if not carried out correctly, your moving day could cost you more than you imagined.

Removal Companies

Removal firms move hundreds of homes each year, of all shapes and sizes and removal teams are experienced in moving heavy, awkward items, especially downstairs.

You don’t have to lift a finger. Let the professionals carry the boxes and unpack if you’ve instructed them to so you can enjoy moving day with as little stress as possible.

A good removal company will help you plan your move with helpful checklists and support so your move goes smoothly and without any fuss.

There may be new occupants moving in straight after you so the removals firm will be quick and efficient to ensure you’re out in good time, leaving your old home damage free.

Removal companies have specific insurance for moving so if anything were to happen to your belongings, you’re covered.

Removal companies come to assess your property prior to moving so they understand any complexities or difficulties before moving day so they’re fully prepared, giving you peace of mind that your possessions are in safe hands.

Consider your next move wisely and don’t be swayed by price; remember it’s your life belongings which are being moved and you’ve done the hard work, you’ve secured a new home so make the removals as easy as possible.

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Removing Removal Stress

Removing Removal Stress – How to have a Stress-Free House Move

Moving house is in the top five most stressful activities in life so we’ve compiled a few simple steps to make your move stress-free as possible.

It may be tempting to move house yourself or get your friends and family to assist you but consider the cost of everyone taking time off work, hiring a van and the implications of damage to property or belongings. Getting the professionals in is quick, hassle free and comes with insurance so you’ll be confident that your belongings will arrive safely in the new property.


  • Hire a reputable removals company who is a member of the British Association of Removers and if you have specific moving needs such as pianos or large clocks, ensure the firm you choose has experience in moving those items.
  • Advice the removals firm of any items of furniture which won’t go through doors or tricky to move items so they can plan for the move prior to moving day.
  • Make a plan of where your furniture needs to go in your new house.
  • Arrange a parking space for the removals van, the closest to the new property as possible.
  • Use moving house as a good opportunity to declutter your belongings and have a good clear out.
  • Write on the side of your packing boxes, not the top so when they’re stacked, everyone knows where to put them.
  • Pack an ‘essentials’ box so if you’re too tired to unpack straightaway; you still have a kettle, toilet roll and the essential items to see you through to the next day.


If you’re moving for the first time or the twenty first, moving house is an exciting time so make the actual move as stress free as possible with these simple tips so when you’re in your new home you can enjoy it as soon as you’re in.

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ISO Accredited, but what does it really mean?

Quicksilver are an ISO Accredited Removal & Storage Company – but what does that mean?

Quicksilver works hard to maintain its accredited status in numerous areas which are kept to a high standard, this is to offer clients and prospective customers an insight into the business capabilities and offer a consistent level of service.

Our accreditations include:

-ISO9001 Quality Management
-ISO 1400 Environmental Management
-BS8522 Commercial Moving
-ISO15489 Records Management
-BS5454 Archive Storage Systems

The objective of ISO accreditations is to offer customers the reassurance that an organisation will provide a standard of service that meets expectation and complies with relevant regulations.

In industries such as storage and removals, competition is high and ISO accreditations are useful for customers to differentiate between the companies which are offering their services; this way, customers know they’re buying from a reputable, safe and licensed business.

Requirements to gain the standard include:

-Management commitment to quality
-Customer focus
-Adequacy of its resources
-Employee competence
-Process management
-Quality planning
-Monitoring and measurement of its processes and products
-Processes to resolve customer complaints,
-Corrective/preventive actions
-Continual improvement of the Quality Management Systems

And above all, there is a requirement to monitor customer perceptions about the quality of the goods and services organisations provide.

These requirements have to be met in order to conform to the ISO standards and give customers confidence in the brand they’re buying from. With external, third party auditors overseeing the various aspects of the quality standard, the ISO accreditation is a mark is quality within the industry and can be trusted to offer a high level of service.

At Quicksilver, we’ve maintained ISO accredited status for many years and our clients are very loyal, knowing we have the quality measures in place to provide a high quality, safe and value for money offering.

To find out more about ISO accreditations, simply visit their website