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Why family businesses should be celebrated this Father’s Day

Written by on June 12, 2019

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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!

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Leeds

The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals:
0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000
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Storage: 0113 26 26 500
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00

Harrogate

The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00

Wakefield

The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555
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Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00




    Huddersfield

    McCarthy's Storage World
    Phoenix Retail Park
    Leeds Road
    Huddersfield
    West Yorkshire
    HD1 6NE

    Removals & Storage
    01484 799 599
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    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 15.00

    York

    McCarthy's Storage World
    Water lane
    York
    YO30 6PQ

    Removals & Storage:
    01904 238 333

    Van Hire: 01904 238 333
    Email York

    Opening Hours:
    Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
    Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
    Sunday: 09:00 to 14:00