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Why family businesses should be celebrated this Father’s Day

Written by on June 12, 2019


June 16th marks Father’s Day (hope you haven’t forgotten…) – the day we celebrate dads and all they do for us.

Lots of dads might be on hand for a spot of DIY, a pint down the pub, giving support on the football sidelines, a hug when needed – but what about when your dad is also your workmate? Actually, it’s not all that uncommon. It may surprise you to hear that, according to the Institute of Family Business (IFB), one in four UK businesses is family owned – 4.8 million in total. They generate over a quarter of GDP and pay more than £180 billion in tax (which is more than the annual budget of the NHS!). They also employ 13.4 million people – providing more than 50% of private sector employment. More than a third of all the workers in the UK are employed by family businesses (38 per cent).

McCarthy’s is a proud family business – established by Mick and Margaret McCarthy more than 50 years ago, and now run by their son Mike. Back in 1968, Mick bought a van from a company that were laying off their drivers and carried out furniture deliveries as a one man operation – based in a small terraced house in Leeds. Seeing opportunities and working hard, McCarthy’s continued to grow and became one of the city’s leading removals’ firms, and then an original pioneer of container storage back in the 1980s.

Mike has worked in the company in school holidays and on weekends since he was able, and it obviously didn’t put him off – joining the business in a more formal role in 2001.

If we cut to where McCarthy’s Group is now, we employ a fantastic team of 45 people and have a fleet of 15 removals vans, which travel all over the country, and indeed overseas. We’ve also diversified to offer more than just removals and transportation (although that is still at the heart of our business), and we now offer other complimentary services to individuals and businesses – about 50% of our business is self storage. We have 200,000 sq ft of self storage space across three sites in Leeds, Wakefield and Harrogate and another one will be opening at a future date in York. We also operate our serviced business centre at our Leeds site, provide document management and archiving services and run our successful shredding company – McCarthy’s Safe Shred.

So, to all the dads and sons working together out there, we say cheers! Hopefully you both might get chance to put your feet up this Father’s Day!


Your Self Storage Experience

From initial enquiry to securing a unit and then handing back once finished with I could not fault the local team and in particular Wendy for all her help and advice. Would definitely recommend to anyone needing storage facilities. This was the Wakefield branch

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

They were very friendly and helpful staff at the Harrogate Branch.

4 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience

Friendly helpful staff that made it easy for us to store our goods at their Harrogate premises. The facilities were very clean and secure and we had easy access at all times.

5 Stars

Contact Us


The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals: 0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000

Storage: 0113 26 26 500

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00