Removals firm McCarthy’s celebrates 50% birthday with 10% increase in turnover


Yorkshire company McCarthy’s Removals and Storage is celebrating its 50th birthday with the news that 2017 was a record year for the firm.

Set up in 1968 by Mick and Margaret McCarthy, it is now run by their son Mike, and has grown from its base as a ‘one man and a van’ firm operating from a terraced house in Leeds to a £5m turnover concern employing  45 people.

McCarthy’s saw its turnover increase by 10% in 2017 compared to the previous year, despite a backdrop of difficult market conditions linked to a slow property market and Brexit.

As well as having 15 removals vans, and currently being on the shortlist for the Domestic Remover of the Year Award, the firm has diversified to offer other complimentary services to individuals and businesses. The company now owns 200,000 sq ft of storage space across three sites in Leeds, Wakefield and Harrogate. McCarthy’s also operates a serviced business centre in Leeds, provides document management services and runs a successful shredding company – McCarthy’s Safe Shred.

MD Mike McCarthy said: “I’ve been officially working in the business for 16 years – but ever since my brothers and I were able, we’ve been helping out on weekends and during school and university holidays so my involvement goes back decades in reality. Twelve years ago we took our first step away from being purely a removals firm, opening our self storage centre in Leeds, and from there the growth has happened very naturally in areas we realised our customers were looking for. We’re actively looking at further expansion as opportunities become available.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to come into our 50th year on the back of our most successful 12 months to date. We have some exciting plans for growth in the pipeline, and we’re also planning a range of celebrations for our birthday, including lots of community and charity activity – looking to get involved in everything from youth sports teams to sponsoring the Kirkstall Festival and Ilkley Carnival. It should be a great year!”