My Local Life… Jamie Wells – Movewells and Simply Shredding Services
This month we chatted to Jamie Wells, partner in MoveWells Removals and also Simply Shredding Franchisee Services.
Where do you live and how long have you lived there?
I moved to Royston in 2016 from Essex to be closer to our storage yard and office when we were pregnant with our first son Dylan, as I wanted to spend more time at home rather then travelling.
What’s your favourite local place to eat?
We love eating out at the Jolly Postie when we can in Royston but also love a visit to the Pig and Abott in Abington Piggotts and the Dolphin in Melbourn although we have not been for a while. We are also partial to a takeaway from Mughal Kitchen or Viva Pizza and have kept them busy through the pandemic.
Your favourite local Shop?
Icknield Stores, run by Steve they sell everything you need…. Literally everything! And also Dainora from D.Elegance in Royston we have been getting our boys hair cut there forever in the little red car, and were so happy once restrictions were lifted so she could fix the bodge job hair cuts I did myself during lockdown.
What do you love about your work?
I love meeting new people who are excited about moving into their new homes, and also the positive feedback we receive from customers who have had a great service and the constant comments we get about the colour of our vehicles.
How have you coped as a business during the pandemic?
The Pandemic shut us down from mid-March till mid June which was tough, and then we had to change the way we worked, keeping our customers and staff safe and trying to get ourselves back on track. Home Shredding was absolutely fine, as we could complete door step collections and everybody had time to clear out their old paperwork. The Removals were ok from June through to the new year and then we had a crazy March and June 2021, with the stamp duty holidays and everybody trying to move before the deadline.
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
Saturdays I love to spend with my family, doing fun stuff with my two boys. I do have an Arsenal Season ticket but it’s been a long while since I have been up to the Emirates due to the pandemic.
What has been the most valuable life lesson that you have learnt?
To not take things for granted – One day we had a perfectly healthy 2 year old without a care in the world (other then repeats of Peppa Pig) then fast forward two weeks and he was ammitted to hospital extremely poorly and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease and is now insulin dependent for life, and our world now consists of carb counting, blood glucose checks, hospital appointments, the list goes on, but our biggest goal is making sure he lives a perfectly normal life, which he will!
Which four people you would invite to dinner?
Gareth Southgate – so I can thank him for doing such a great job in the Euros, bringing the country together, but also ask him why he left it so late in the final to bring on his substitutes for the penalties. Poor young lads barely touched a ball. Roll on the World Cup!
Sir Frederick G. Banting – one of the founders of Insulin from back in 1921.
My Grandad – who was taken from us way too early back in 1994. Grandad and Dad started our removal journey back in 1981, the year before I was born.
Brett the Hitman Hart (from my early days a fan of the WWF back in the 90s).