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Viva La France- 30 Years of the Anglo-French Property Industry

Aug 18. 2022

Published in ‘Removals and Storage’ magazine (August edition) 

When Britain was hit by recession in the early 80s, and again in the early 90s, the property bargains in France led to thousands of families relocating for a better standard of living. The first edition of French Property News was published in 1989. The magazine organised the first French Property Exhibition shortly after its inception and Burke Bros Moving Group was one of the first exhibitors.

Over the years, this annual exhibition became the most authoritative point of reference for anyone moving to France, giving people a single point of access to solicitors, ferry companies, removers and  other experts giving free advice. Of course, the exhibitions had to be stopped over the pandemic, but it’s hoped that they’ll start up again soon.

Over the years Burke Bros have encountered some interesting customers upping sticks to move to France. One customer took 600 plants, and another packed his possessions in 46 wheelie bins! Recently a 100-year-old client who had decided to move to France, contacted the company and revealed that he had chosen Burke Bros because he had kept an advert from French Property News for the past 30 years. It just goes to show that it pays to advertise! It’s fabulous that, even at 100 years old, he is embracing change by moving to a country he loves. He’s even taking the ladders which he used to climb into his Lancaster Bomber when serving in the Second World War! Gary Burke commented: “Many things may have changed over the decades, but what has remained is the ever-enduring appeal of the French way of life.”


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