F Smith & Son is a family run business, covering South London, Surrey and Kent areas. The company has been established for over 80 years, giving us extensive knowledge and experience, in all aspects of furniture handling and removals. So whether you are moving locally or nationally, from a small flat to a large stately home you can rely on us to carry out your removal in a personal, professional and friendly manner.
F Smith & Son are very proud to be home grown family business offering a wide range of skills to the services industry. Outlined below is a chronological illustration of how the company started and some key changing points in its past.
Frank Smith Senior sets up the business named Smith, focused on furniture upholstery and local deliveries.
The company was established in 1930 by Frank Smith (Senior). The initial set-up of the company was as furniture upholsterers.
Frank Senior had a shop located on Derby Road, Croydon and offered collections and deliveries of furniture in the local area as an integral part of his furniture restoration process. His shop doubled up as a show room which he used to sell second hand furniture to the general public.
Frank Senior’s renowned upholstery skills helped him secure on a new contract providing a repair services for the General Universal Stores group (GUS), including Jays and Woodhouse. These businesses also enlisted Frank’s vehicles and staff to handle their furniture distributers from their shops within the local area.
Frank Smith Junior joined his father and they renamed the business F Smith & Son,Continued Furniture upholstery and local deliveries, opened a shop and offered Removals.
Frank junior joined his father’s business and between them they continued the furniture re-upholstery and local deliveries.
Their small fleet of vehicles were very sought after by the local community. They were often approached by locals for assistance with moving home. It was at this point that Frank Smith (junior) saw an opportunity to better utilise the vehicles. It was during this period that our removals business was born, initially starting as a side-line alongside the upholstery and delivery work.
Richard Smith entered into partnership with his father
Continued Furniture Upholstery, local deliveries, shop, Removals and started Collections around London.
With Frank junior’s deteriorating health and fast approaching retirement, Richard joined his father in the business at the age of 18. Offering a new lease of life to F Smith & Son. Richard secured further local delivery contracts with Contrast Furnishers (Purley Oaks Centre, Croydon and Reigate High Street) and Verralls (Wimbledon, Tooting, Morden), during this period the contracts progressed from shop deliveries to collections from Manufacturers within London and deliveries back to the local shops.
Sue Smith acting as a part time book keeper. Continued Furniture Upholstery, shop, local deliveries, Removals, London Collections and Nationwide Distribution
With Frank and Richards wealth of experience in removals and furniture handling, Richard saw further opportunities to target other manufacturers offering distribution services nationally for clients such as Foster Clark Ltd Furniture Manufacturers, Northampton Cabinets and Buckingham Furniture (Larkswood), leading to a point where they often had 3 or 4 vehicles covering the country each week.
New premises were sought continuing to sell the re-upholstered goods and various other nick knacks to the local area. They took on a shop and residence on the corner of Selsdon Road and Croham Road. Parking vehicles on the one way system at Spurgeons Bridge, St James Road, Croydon.
Richard continued to operate removal services within the local area, growing their presence as a removals and transport company. By this point, Frank junior had retired from active participation in the business, leaving Richard acting alone, with Sue Smith acting as part time bookkeeper for the company.
As the trade started to decline, F Smith & Son sold their premises on the corner of Selsdon Road and Croham Road, discontinuing upholstery and retail side of the business, and moved office’s to Norfolk Avenue, Sanderstead.
Increased Removals, Introduction of Storage, decreasing volumes of furniture distribution
As a direct result of the recession in the early 1990’s, the reproduction furniture trade dropped off and Richard’s attention was focused on the Removals section which was running alongside his distribution work.
F Smith & Son started parking vehicles at Selsdon Goods Yard, Selsdon Road, Croydon, alongside another local removal company. With use of their storage facilities, Richard ventured into the Storage market which was growing at the time and was closely linked with the Removals part of the business.
Specialists in Removals (Domestic and Commercial), and Storage. Change of premises
improving its efficiency.
Outgrowing the facilities at Selsdon goods yard, F Smith & Son moved locations to
Mill Lane, Croydon, where large amounts of warehousing, office space and parking were readily available through a self storage company. This allowed for Richard to consolidate the business and improve efficiency by having all aspects of the business close together.
Following the collapse of the distribution market in the 1990’s, Richard had rebuilt the business back to full strength by focussing his efforts in the removals and storage sector. He had taken the business to a point where the business was thriving.
John Smith joined his father, providing the much needed assistance to Richard. Further
expansion of the Removals and Storage business.
John Smith joined his father (Richard) at the age of 23, offering extra capacity to the
company in which to grow within the Removals and Storage sector. The company was well positioned in the local area and John’s fresh eyes working alongside Richard’s wealth of experience allowed quick expansion of the business.
F Smith & Son was incorporated and became F Smith & Son (Croydon) Ltd
A major change was made to the company taking it from Sole trader ownership to an
incorporated company trading as F Smith & Son (Croydon) Ltd.
John also achieved his Certificate of Professional Competence and became operations manager.
Change of Premises to Endeavour Way, Croydon, 7000sqft unit. The whole business under 1 roof. David Smith joined his father and brother adding another dimension to the business. International operator’s licence was granted creating International & European moving capacity.
F Smith & Son had outgrown the facilities at Mill Lane and decided to make a major
step by taking on a 7000sqft unit on Endeavour Way, Croydon, incorporating the office, warehouse and yard space all in 1 location.
With the business going from strength to strength, David Smith also joined his father (Richard) and brother (John) at the age of 24. This provided a great platform for F Smith & Son to further develop into other areas of the business that complement the nationwide removals and storage sectors. With John and David developing these other sectors, F Smith and Son has developed a high competence in a range of storage solutions for domestic and commercial clients together with being able to offer International and European relocations.
Sue Smith joined the family full time as book keeper and secretary
Sue Smith started to work full time as book keeper and company secretary, alongside
her responsibilities as a director.
Specialists in Removals (Domestic and Commercial), Storage (Containerised, Loose, Archive),
International Relocations, European Relocations
With storage booming and an increase in the quantity of vehicles that were being
operated, F Smith & Son decided to take on an additional 3500sqft unit for additional office and warehouse space.
F Smith & Son continues to deliver high quality services in each sector of its business. Any future development will be to consolidate the position as market leaders in the local area, offering a highly professional, friendly and personal service to each and every one of its clients.
Our office staff are on hand to offer advice and assistance at any stage throughout the removal process, so don’t hesitate to ask us and benefit from our knowledge.
Our friendly removal crews are all highly trained in the art of moving and are supplied with the best materials and handling equipment currently available. This ensures that your possessions are handled with the upmost care.