Client Anthony Ward Thomas, owner of the removals firm with the same name, featured in the Fame and Fortune series in the Sunday Times at the weekend.
Ward Thomas is one of the country’s most exclusive removal companies, catering to the likes of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Anthony set the company up in 1985, putting down a £500 deposit on a delivery van. He now has 95 lorries and 200 employees, turning over £15m a year.
Customers have included Boris Johnson, mayor of London, and the actors Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom. The company also delivers for Sotheby’s and Bonhams, the auction houses.
Anthony states that his best ever investment was buying Aussie Man & Van, the man and van removals firm which caters to smaller flats and lettings. He bought it in February last year at a knockdown price of £100,000 because it was in administration, and invested another £500,000 in machinery. It’s now earning a decent return and the company ‘is probably worth close to £1m’.
To read the interview, please paste the link into your web browser (bear in mind, there is a paywall): http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/business/money/fameandfortune/article1187969.ece