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Sound Moves draws up the curtain on its new-look HQ

[ June 17, 2014   //   ]

Creative industries logistics specialist, Sound Moves has unveiled its refurbished facility at Ashford near London Heathrow airport, having acquired its long-term home, Abbeygate House.

The refurbished building includes a crew break room, state-of-the-art boardroom with video-training facilities – and a 1950s theatre-themed reception area. The artwork for the reception area was completed by artist Jonathan Minshull and was specially commissioned by Sound Moves.

The more businesslike end of the premises include an 18,000sq ft warehouse for transit cargo and long-term storage, two cargo docks capable of handling hi-cube trailers, overnight parking for trucks and tour buses and an X-ray with dual view screening for airfreight.

Managing director Martin Corr said: “Since our founding in 1995, we have grown significantly as a company both in terms of our client base and our team of operations specialists. The new facilities will allow that development to continue. Not only does the office have more square footage, the space has also been rebranded and refurbished to our specifications. This will allow us to bring the organisation to the next level of high-touch customer service.”

Sound Moves client list is a little differnet from the average freight forwarder’s – it includes The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, P!nk, Kasabian and Sadlers Wells Theatre as well as to providers to the creative industries such as VER and XL Video.

Simon Jackson, Business Development Manager, states “Sound Moves is well-known and highly respected in the Music Touring sector both in the UK and worldwide. For example our London team has won TPi Favourite Freight Forwarding Company five times. As a business we are often thought of as the ‘last minute life-savers’ with an operational team who will do everything possible to ensure the show goes on as planned. Because of this we have clients who work with us year after year, trusting us with their most important and toughest freight moves.”

The investment in Abbeygate House is part of a larger development plan for Sound Moves, says Jackson: “We have also invested in the commercial side of the business with new members joining the sales team to specialise in additional creative industry sectors including sporting events and corporate live events. The focus is to continue to grow market share in these areas utilising the same operational excellence that Sound Moves is known for. Our wholly owned facility is a statement of intent.”

Sound Moves reception resized