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SSA UK 2022 Winter Workshop

SSA UK 2022 Winter Workshop Basil Fry and Company are once again proud to sponsor the Self Storage Association (SSA) 2022 Winter Workshop.Our Broking & Sales Director, Peter Doman, has flown out to St. Anton, in the Tyrolean-Alps region of Austria, to take part. This event includes two days of speakers, industry workshops, skiing and networking. Peter is looking forward to catching up with many of Europe’s leading independent operators and fellow suppliers over the week. Back to News and Articles SSA UK 2022 Winter Workshop Basil Fry and Company are once again proud to sponsor the Self Storage Association (SSA) 2022 Winter Workshop.Our Broking & Sales Director, Peter Doman, has flown out to St. Anton, in the Tyrolean-Alps region of Austria, to take part. This event includes two days of speakers, industry workshops, skiing and networking. Peter is looking forward to catching up with many of Europe’s leading independent operators and fellow suppliers over the week. Back to News and Articles

2022 changes to the Highway Code

2022 changes to the Highway Code How cyclists, drivers and pedestrians are affected. These changes came into force on Saturday 29 January 2022. Highway Code Hierarchy Drivers of any vehicles deemed to be more dangerous, such as buses and HGVs, must now be extra careful on the roads. 2022 changes to the Highway Code How cyclists, drivers and pedestrians are affected. These changes came into force on Saturday 29 January 2022. Highway Code Hierarchy Drivers of any vehicles deemed to be more dangerous, such as buses and HGVs, must now be extra careful on the roads. Drivers no longer have priority at junctions Now: If you're turning at a junction and there's a cyclist, horse-rider, pedestrian or scooter, ready or preparing to cross, these more vulnerable road users have right of way. Penalty: If an incident occurs, the fault will automatically lie with those 'who can do the greatest harm' unless proven otherwise. Liability falling on you will affect your insurance, there could be possible court costs and depending on the severity of the incident, fine, penalty points and/or jail time. Before: Drivers had priority at junctions unless the other road user was half way across the junction. Drivers no longer have priority at junctions Now: If you're turning at a junction and there's a cyclist, horse-rider, pedestrian or scooter, ready or preparing to cross, these more vulnerable road users have right of way. Penalty: If an incident occurs, the fault will automatically lie with those 'who can do the greatest harm' unless proven otherwise. [...]

Travel to the EU

Travel to the EU Please note that with effect from the 2nd August 2021 the UK became part of the ‘Green Card Free Circulation Area’. This means that Green Cards are no longer required, however some insurers are advising that they are still issued until 2nd September 2021 to allow sufficient time for the agreement to be adopted across Europe. Please contact your Account Executive should you require any documentation for your European travels. After 2nd September, we advise that all clients travelling to Europe carry their Certificate of Motor Insurance with them in each of their vehicles. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-insurance/driving-abroad Back to News and Articles Travel to the EU Please note that with effect from the 2nd August 2021 the UK became part of the ‘Green Card Free Circulation Area’. This means that Green Cards are no longer required, however some insurers are advising that they are still issued until 2nd September 2021 to allow sufficient time for the agreement to be adopted across Europe. Please contact your Account Executive should you require any documentation for your European travels. After 2nd September, we advise that all clients travelling to Europe carry their Certificate of Motor Insurance with them in each of their vehicles. For further information please visit https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-insurance/driving-abroad Back to News and Articles

FEDESSA Conference is back with a bang!

FEDESSA Conference is back with a bang! Birmingham, 20th & 21st September The time has come to meet face to face at a Conference once again and we are delighted to continue to support FEDESSA and the SSA UK as Diamond Sponsor at this year’s event in Birmingham. We will be attending the event as well as having a stand in the trade show, so please come and see us during coffee or lunch breaks or catch up with us at the evening events. This annual event is aimed at SSA UK members, along with the members of other European self-storage trade associations who are part of the European Federation, FEDESSA. The conference provides a unique opportunity for members to keep up to date with industry developments, meet suppliers at the Trade Show and network. We are all undoubtably looking forward to meeting again in person, and to ensure that we are keeping in line with COVID-19 measures, there will be specific cleaning and distancing provisions in place to ensure the event is both safe and enjoyable. With a full line up of speakers and of course the biggest self-storage trade show outside the USA, the FEDESSA Conference is back. We’ve missed our industry friends and colleagues and look forward to seeing you there! Back to News and Articles FEDESSA Conference is back with a bang! Birmingham, 20th & 21st September The time has come to meet face to face at a Conference once again and we are delighted to continue to support FEDESSA and the SSA UK as Diamond Sponsor at this year’s event in Birmingham.We will be attending the event as well as having a stand in the trade show, so please come and see us during coffee or lunch breaks or catch up with [...]

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours Throughout this ongoing pandemic Basil Fry & Co. has remained fully open albeit now once again with all staff working remotely in line with the government guidelines. We hope that the support we have been providing our clients has been unaffected throughout the lockdown periods and endeavor to ensure that this continues for the remainder of the year and beyond, whether we are office based or working from home. Given the ongoing situation it is more important than ever that our managers and staff have a good period of rest and relaxation with their families over the Christmas period. To ensure we are able to arrange cover for your needs please therefore be aware of our Christmas opening times which will be as follows: 24/12/20 - Closed from 12:30pm 25/12/20 - Closed 28/12/20 - Closed 29/12/20 - Closed 30/12/20 - Closed 31/12/20 - Closed 01/12/20 - Closed 04/01/21 - Normal business hours If you have an emergency over the Christmas period please contact one of the Directors: Managing Director:  Greg Wildman, mobile number: 07825 983470 Broking & Sales Director: Peter Doman, mobile number: 07825 983471 Operations Director: Ria Houston, mobile number: 07825 983472 Technical Director: Adam Kellaway, mobile number: 07415 868590 Claims Director: Amy King, mobile number: 07712 142359 Wishing all our clients a Merry Christmas and the healthiest of New Year’s. Back to News and Articles Christmas Opening Hours Throughout this ongoing pandemic Basil Fry & Co. has remained fully open albeit now once again with all staff working remotely in line with the government guidelines. We hope that the support we have been providing our clients has been unaffected throughout the lockdown periods and endeavor to ensure that this continues for the remainder of the year and beyond, whether [...]

What makes Greg Wildman tick?

What makes Greg Wildman tick? All is revealed in the latest Moving Matters podcast. On 12th November our Managing Director, Greg Wildman was the guest in the 9th episode of the ‘Moving Matters’ podcast. Colin Wynn of Administer Software is the weekly host and he covered all aspects of Greg’s personal and professional life. This included many stories highlighting the strong relationships forged at Basil Fry, both with clients and fellow board members and staff. "It was an absolute pleasure speaking to Colin this week and being able to discuss my career path leading to becoming the Managing Director at Basil Fry. I hope I was also able to convey the passion I have for the business and my gratitude I have for my fellow directors and staff and the work they do. I also hope I was able to provide a different insight into both the Removals & Storage & Insurance Industries including the odd anecdote on some of the industry’s favourite characters." https://www.movingmatterspodcast.co.uk/9 Back to News and Articles What makes Greg Wildman tick? All is revealed in the latest Moving Matters podcast. On 12th November our Managing Director, Greg Wildman was the guest in the 9th episode of the ‘Moving Matters’ podcast. Colin Wynn of Administer Software is the weekly host and he covered all aspects of Greg’s personal and professional life. This included many stories highlighting the strong relationships forged at Basil Fry, both with clients and fellow board members and staff. "It was an absolute pleasure speaking to Colin this week and being able to discuss my career path leading to becoming the Managing Director at Basil Fry. I hope I was also able to convey the passion I have for the business and my gratitude I have for my fellow [...]

Basil Fry – Celebrating a lifetime in insurance

Basil Fry - Celebrating a lifetime in insurance We’re proud to announce that our company has now been successfully trading for 50 years. It’s our anniversary, but not only that, it’s also the month that our founder, Basil Fry himself, would have been celebrating his 100th birthday.Basil started his career in insurance back in 1938 when he joined Nixon, Constable and Co. on a wage of just £4 per week. He saw active service in Kenya during the Second World War, but returned to work in the firm, becoming a partner when Mr Constable retired in 1960, and rising to MD in the years that followed.In 1970 Basil left to set up on his own and ever since ’Basil Fry & Company’ has gone from strength to strength as a family business. Initially with the help of Basil’s son, Chris and son-in-law Christopher, followed by Phillip Wildman in the 1980s and into the present with the current MD, Phillip’s brother, Greg Wildman. This continuity has maintained a family feel to the Company whilst upholding the expert, bespoke and personal service that Basil Fry is so proud of.Our Managing Director Greg Wildman commented, "This July we are celebrating two significant milestones - our 50th anniversary as a company, and the 100th birthday of our founder Basil Fry. Sadly, Basil passed in the 1990's but we will be raising a glass to him later in the month. His influence continues to be felt in the company five decades after its foundation, with consultancy and service still at the heart of what we do. We now employ forty-three local people and maintain our position as the leading specialist insurance consultants to the Removals, Storage, and Self-Storage industries in the UK, and we're sure that Basil would be very proud of the company we [...]

SSA UK 2020 Award Winners

SSA UK 2020 Award Winners - MyStore Self Storage & Twenty 4 Secure Storage ‘The Winners of the SSA UK Annual Awards were announced on 4th June and we would like to pass on our congratulations to our clients, Twenty 4 Secure Storage for taking the Container Operator of the Year award and My Store Self Storage for taking the Independent Operator Facility Award. Special mention must also go to Shannon Duncan also from MyStore for winning The Manager of The Year award. A fantastic achievement given the high standard of entrants from a variety of Operators. We look forward to seeing you all very soon to celebrate your successes in person!’ https://www.ssauk.com/events/fedessa-ssa-uk-awards/ Back to News and Articles SSA UK 2020 Award Winners - MyStore Self Storage & Twenty 4 Secure Storage ‘The Winners of the SSA UK Annual Awards were announced on 4th June and we would like to pass on our congratulations to our clients, Twenty 4 Secure Storage for taking the Container Operator of the Year award and My Store Self Storage for taking the Independent Operator Facility Award. Special mention must also go to Shannon Duncan also from MyStore for winning The Manager of The Year award. A fantastic achievement given the high standard of entrants from a variety of Operators. We look forward to seeing you all very soon to celebrate your successes in person!’ https://www.ssauk.com/events/fedessa-ssa-uk-awards/ Back to News and Articles

Broker Bulletin – Covid-19

Essential risk management & insurance advice during the Covid-19 pandemic The coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly causing significant strain on every business in the removals and storage industry. It is crucial, however, that you make every effort to protect your assets, as a loss at this time could also put your business in jeopardy. During times of mass unemployment, economic recession/strain, and school holidays, it is an unfortunate reality that arson, theft and malicious damage crime rates increase. Indeed, two supermarket delivery vans were subject to an arson attack less than an hour after the Prime Minister issued the 'lockdown' order. We advise the following measures be put in place to ensure your vehicles, customers' goods in storage, buildings and other assets are as safe as possible. Vehicle Storage Advice If you have access to a storage facility or other warehouse with available space, there will be the temptation to park vehicles inside. Remember, while parking vehicles inside may reduce the likelihood of theft and vandalism, it will not remove exposure to fire. If you do park any vehicles inside, you must ensure that the vehicle batteries are disconnected, and tanks fully drained of fuel. If you park vehicles outside, you should allow as much separation as possible, as this will reduce the likelihood of fire spreading between vehicles, and park the vehicles away from any buildings. Customers' Goods in Store / Other Business Assets Continuing storage charges will support your business through periods where other sources of revenue are uncertain. If your storage premises are subject to a significant loss during this time, not only will this vital revenue be lost, but, if you own your building, you could also face losing your most valuable asset. You should ensure any building you own or lease and any stored [...]

Basil Fry & Company reaches its 50-year milestone

Basil Fry & Company reaches its 50-year milestone As it enters its 50th year in business in 2020, specialist insurance broker and BAR Affiliate Basil Fry & Company takes stock of the successes it has achieved in the removals and self storage sectors through delivering top-quality customer service with an innovative twist. In 1970, after becoming disillusioned with his fellow directors at the City of London brokerage where he worked, Basil Edward Fry decided to launch an insurance business from his home in Surrey that would concentrate solely on the removals industry. On 9 July of that year Basil E. Fry & Company was incorporated. Basil drew up a document titled “Fry’s business plans for the 70s (and no longer!)”, which set out the future aims of his new company. His plan was to continue to service the insurance requirements of certain members of the National Association of Furniture Warehousemen and Removers (NAFWR) and the British Association of Overseas Furniture Removers (BAOFR) – which were to amalgamate in 1972 to become the BAR – as well as those of the Road Haulage Association (RHA). Basil had already built himself a reputation in the sector for his exceptional advice on terms and conditions of contract. In a special supplement to the August 1967 issue of this magazine he wrote an article headed “Problems relating to the revision of conditions”, which began with the word “Gentlemen.” While times may have changed drastically since then, Basil Fry & Company’s philosophy and approach to service have not. For instance, the very same leatherbound file in which Basil chose to record the names of all his clients is still used for this purpose today. The first entrant in the book is BAR Founder Member White & Company, for whom Basil Fry & Company still provides [...]

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