Ede’s were established in 1869 and have evolved from quite literally a small horse and cart run business owned by greengrocer William Ede into the award winning commercial relocation specialist it is today.
Ede’s long and successful history is built on professional dedicated individuals working tirelessly to ensure that Ede’s high standards are always achieved.
We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation and believe our achievements are best judged from the feedback we receive from our clients.
We were founded in 1869
Our story begins in 1869, when a Greengrocer called William Ede began offering the services of a horse and cart to his customers who needed to relocate their belongings. At that time there was a straight choice between using the coalman or the greengrocer, and Mr Ede had the foresight to diversify his well-established fruitier business, based in Manor Road, Wallington and set in on track to become one of the largest relocation companies in the country.
Some 50 years later, the company was still based in Manor Road, Wallington and while still a Fruit and Veg company at essence, the relocation and storage division of the business had continued to flourish and establish itself as the market leader, providing outstanding service to local customers.
By the mid 1930’s the company had fully moved into the Domestic Relocations market, focusing on providing Storage, Export Packing and Removal services throughout the borough and beyond.
With the acquisition of new premises in Guy Road, including office buildings, a lorry maintenance workshop and re-fuelling facilities, the company turned its attention to the lucrative European domestic relocation sector. Offering relocations and shipping services across Europe, Ede’s became renowned as the market leader in the industry
During the 1960’s and 1970’s the company was operating some 30 vehicles between Europe and the UK. From Paris, Madrid and even in the snow of Moscow, the Ede’s brand became a common site, undertaking shipping and relocation works and building on its dependable and trustworthy reputation.
In the early 1980’s there was a dramatic downturn in the European relocations market.
However, the company continued to provide domestic moves for customers at home, providing excellent levels of service, built through the experience they had forged over the previous 110 years.
In December 1991, Tony Smith, who for 25 years, had been a director and part owner of one of the leading household and office moving companies, decided to purchase W. Ede & Company which was now based on the Felnex industrial Estate, off Nightingale Road in Hackbridge.
Identifying that W. Ede was an old, well respected, name but needed new direction and input, he decided immediately to direct the focus and direction of the company into an office and commercial relocation removal company.
Under new leadership and with dedicated, experienced employees, willing to meet and exceed client expectations, the company rapidly grew and in 1996, relocated its headquarters to Restmor Way, Hackbridge. Offering expansive storage capabilities to corporate customers and outstanding levels of customer focused service, they were soon recognised by the British Association of Removers.
In 1997 Ede’s were awarded Commercial Mover of the Year, which is the highest accolade in the Commercial Relocations industry, and an award that Ede’s would go on to achieve on an unprecedented six further occasions
A significant milestone came in 2010 when Ede’s took the decision to move from its long-standing home in Wallington and relocate to a purpose-built warehouse and headquarters in Garth Road, Morden. This facility, was designed with environmental concerns at its heart, incorporating renewable energy from photovoltaic cells, heat recovery, optimised natural daylight and high thermal performance.
This was the steppingstone in enhancing Ede’s services, and instrumental in ensuring that environmental and sustainable practices were embedded within the core of the business.
In 2019 we celebrated an amazing 150 years of service within the Removals industry.
From humble beginnings to a multi award winning company, our name and quality of service is established, recognised and renowned. Our focus as always, remains to provide the most ethical, sustainable, and environmentally conscious services to our customers.
Our aim in the coming years to expand our business even further, through training and investment we will remain the front runner in our industry, by embracing change, incorporating new technologies and looking forward to next 150 years.