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  1. Customer spotlight: A lockdown business that’s always on the Mhoove

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    Right now, it’s important to share the love and lift each other up – in our latest blog series, we’re shining a spotlight on companies doing fantastic work who deserve to be recognised for it.

    Anthony Redwood - mhoove logistics

    For this interview, we speak to Anthony Redwood, the owner of Mhoove, a blue self storage customer since October 2020. Mhoove is a moving company taking South Wales by storm, powering house and office moves, home clearances, courier deliveries – even airport transfers! If you need something to ‘mhoove’ from A to B, they’ll mhoove it!

    One of many local start-ups borne out of lockdown, the Mhoove team have celebrated successful milestones ever since – with busy schedules packed full of house removals through to securing new commercial contracts with furniture suppliers, they’re constantly on the mhoove 🚚💨

    Hi Anthony! Tell us about Mhoove.

    Mhoove customers

    Mhoove customers

    Mhoove was established in October 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic after I took on another job as a delivery driver to safeguard my family’s future. I could have chosen to stand still but instead I grafted hard, and opportunity knocked; I found myself running extra errands for people in my van. Then I moved someone from a small flat. I found something else I was good at; moving things, being organised, putting in a shift and providing a good service to customers. I used my money and bought a big van. I moved a house. From that moment on, Mhoove was born!

    We decided that we would offer a service that moves things; home removals, office moves, move to storage, single item pick-up/drop-off… Move was the name, we just spelt it differently to make people think!

    It’s been a tough time for businesses – how has Mhoove adapted during lockdown?

    We’ve gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months. As we were born in lockdown, we didn’t really know any different!  Thankfully the housing market has flourished and our personal approach to moving our customers has resulted in great success.

    We like to give a personal touch to all our clients, gifting wine or chocolates as a pick-me-up at the end of a long moving day – and we’re invested in why our customers use us. We love to hear the stories behind their renovations, their big life changes, why they’re selling up and what their future hopes are. It’s all about the people, at the end of the day!

    The Mhoove team with Welsh legend Mathew Pritchard

    The Mhoove team with Welsh legend Mathew Pritchard

    Why do you use blue self storage?

    blue self storage ticks every box for us as a business; the product, availability, pricing, location, flexibility and security are all perfect for our needs. Dean and his staff are always very personable and considerate in catering for our needs, often at very short notice!

    Customers generally want 2 things; security for their belongings, at a good price. blue self storage offers the best of both. The 24 hour access is also a benefit that very few providers are able to offer, and is hugely convenient.

    How does using self storage help your business grow?

    The storage option is becoming ever more popular for our customers, especially in today’s market. Many are getting a good valuation/return for their property – often too good to turn down – but due to the speed of house sales at this current time, they’re not able to really consider their next move.

    Many of our customers have opted for rental accommodation as a stop-gap to give themselves the time to find their next home. In this instance, temporary storage of bulky furniture and belongings makes perfect sense.

    By using blue self storage, we can continue to offer our quick-fire service for customers without any worries of having to turn down a job.

    Mhooving mountains! with the Mhoove team in south Wales

    Mhooving mountains!

    What projects are you currently working on?

    Home removals still remain our primary offering; however in order to grow the business, we have secured 3 contracts working with some of the UK’s leading furniture and kitchen suppliers.

    This helps maximise our activity and, with the expansion of our labour team, should enable us to operate 7 days a week from March 2022.

    Mhoove in action

    Mhoove in action

    What’s next in the pipeline for your business?

    This year we would love to secure a commercial contract, something that really challenges us and a bit different to what we’re used to, i.e. a big office move for a company relocating premises.

    We have some very good, capable and skilled lads working day in, day out on our jobs and they have helped build a very credible reputation for the business; a larger, more complex project would be an exciting challenge for us.

    COVID-19 has led to a lot of local community help & support – what’s been your favourite ‘community kindness’ story you’ve seen?

    The pandemic has caused a lot of travesty throughout the world and our nation, but it’s also brought people together and helped bring out the best in us – blue self storage’s festive food collection being a prime example.

    Mhoove customers after a big move posing next to the van

    Mhoove customers

    We have also done our bit; back in summer 2021, we quoted for a job for a young mum who had suffered greatly throughout lockdown. She had just secured a new home for her and her two children, and agreed to our budget quote although she didn’t really have the means to pay.

    We ended up doing the job on a weekend, on our own time, for free. It’s not something we make a habit of(!), but it was within our gift to help them get a new start in life. I’ve a mantra in my personal life which I carry with me; “If you have the power to make someone happy, then you should.  The world needs more of that.”

    We finished the day with no money in our pockets, but felt as good as we ever have.

    Introducing our ‘customer spotlight’ series

    It’s been a hard time for businesses in South Wales and across the UK, dealing with projects on hold, staff at home and other pandemic-related difficulties. But through good times or bad, these companies are the backbone of our national economy.

    So that’s why we’re launching our brand new ‘customer spotlight’ series, celebrating our business & commercial storage customers who use us to save space & stay focused in challenging times.

    We’d like to say a huge thanks to Anthony at Mhoove for the interview!

    Read our other ‘customer spotlight’ interviews:

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  2. Where are the nicest areas to live in Cardiff?

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    It’s one of the most popular questions asked on Google, Reddit, and even Facebook – so we thought we’d throw our hat in the ring as Cardiff-lovin’ locals and give you our best advice on the nicest areas to live in Cardiff.

    Our hometown Cardiff comes with the unique feeling of being a town in a city, and every area or suburb has its own vibe, charm and buzz – and the great thing about Cardiff’s size means you can easily get between them all in 30 minutes or under.

    If you’re currently researching the best places to live in Cardiff before a big move, we’ve aggregated opinions & facts from everywhere to help you decide! So, let’s take it away…

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    Roath / Plasnewydd

    A vibrant mix of restaurants, shops, houses and communities, Roath is its own little metropolis within Cardiff – now with a lit-up lighthouse!

    Why it’s great
    • Sooo many choices for dining, shopping and ‘doing’
    • The local green spaces – Roath Recreation Ground, Roath Pleasure Gardens, Roath Lake, Roath Park, Roath Gardens – are beautiful and popular with locals and visitors
    • Great for young professionals, families and older residents
    • New restaurants are arriving all the time, including an uptake in vegan/plant-based dining
    Average house price

    £240,857

    Average rental price

    £974 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I’d point you towards Roath as there are some good pubs, it’s mid-priced and it’s walkable to town. But if you don’t go to pubs or want to walk to town it’s possibly not for you.”

    Yetts3030, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    Roath …[is] really nice the further east you go and I have friends who love being close to Albany Road (lots of shops and cool cafes along there). Roath park & lake is beautiful to walk/jog around. Can be a 20-30 minute walk into town or more.”

    abbeyishere, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

    View Roath on Google Maps

    Pen-y-lan

    The Waitrose to Roath’s Sainsbury’s. This pretty, affluent neighbourhood is characterised by its leafy, tree-lined suburban streets and its artisanal delis.

    Why it’s great
    • Plenty of space for cycling and walking
    • Great larger or smaller-sized parks with lots of space for walking dogs, chilling out, family picnics
    • You’ll find a great community feel in Waterloo Gardens with friendly locals
    • Home to the popular Pen-y-lan Pantry – a food market with takeaway dining
    Average house price

    £376,837

    Average rental price

    £775 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    Pen-y-lan area is lovely. I lived near there for a while after being a student. Loads of local shops, bars, pubs, beautiful parks in Roath.”

    Cangarw, Reddit user – ‘Where to live in Cardiff (bar Cathays)

    “Can’t recommend Pen-y-lan enough. Lots of greenery, nice restaurants and cafes, a community feel , it’s clean, safe, a lot of it looks beautiful. Just good vibes all round.”

    Arrival_Old, Reddit user – ‘Where to live in Cardiff (bar Cathays)

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    Splott / Adamsdown

    Often unfairly derided by Cardiff residents, Splott has been slowly been subverting people’s expectations for a while – helped by its ongoing additions of great dining options and local community projects.

    Why it’s great
    • Its house prices are lower than other suburbs, and you’ll regularly find beautifully furnished and finished houses to rent or buy
    • A new community hub space called Railway Gardens – built for gardening, social events, workshops and more – is bringing in investment and is set to open soon
    • Incredibly close to the city centre with approx 20-25 minutes’ walk
    • Home to Space2B at The Maltings (a sibling brand in our family of companies) – a gorgeous, Grade II listed building with co-working spaces, social events and a professional community hub
    Average house price

    £177,624

    Average rental price

    £866 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “Lots of great independent gems hidden away in areas like Splott, Riverside, Grangetown and Canton whether it’s world supermarkets or cafes/bars. ”

    Josh-sama, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    “It’s a really lovely community in Splott generally speaking, I helped run a soup kitchen and we had a bunch of charity gigs. The people are really lovely. Clifton Street and Splott Road have great shops, really lovely diverse shops and great cafes for a cooked breakfast :)”

    agendagroid, Reddit user – ‘Should I be worried about moving to Splott?’

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    Cardiff Bay

    Playing host to international sporting events, theatre, comedy, music and extreme sports, Cardiff Bay is a hotspot for tourists and Cardiffians alike.

    Why it’s great
    • As a sprawling area with plenty of residential buildings, you can find quiet places to live, walk or chill out with no bother – without being far from the action
    • You’ll have front row seats to events like the annual Cardiff Food & Drink Festival and local markets
    • The Wales Millennium Centre hosts international and local entertainment – and it’s just opened its new outdoor street food experience, Teras
    • As it’s on the water, you’ll find plenty of water-based fun with Cardiff Yacht Club and Cardiff International White Water
    Average house price

    £222,498

    Average rental price

    £1,060 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “The Bay has a large Odeon cinema and an Everyman cinema, loads of bars and restaurants, white water rafting centre, international pool, you can get a boat or train into town if you like. I love it here.”

    Firebrand777, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

    “I currently live in the Bay, Atlantic Wharf. Perfect placement as it’s a 15 minute walk in [to town] and a 10 minute trot to the Bay for when we want to go to a restaurant or bar down there. It’s nice to walk around the water!”

    abbeyishere, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

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    Pontcanna

    An unashamedly lovely suburb, Pontcanna is home to big houses and artisanal eateries – expect butchers, jewellery shops, cafes and quiet residential streets.

    Why it’s great
    • It’s a leafy, buzzy little area with good (if sometimes pricey) food and upmarket shopping
    • On the doorstep of the biggest green spaces in Cardiff, with Llandaff Fields, Blackweir Fields, Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park all interconnected
    • Close to multiple Welsh-medium schools
    • Home of Brød, a popular Danish bakery, and three Michelin Plate-awarded restaurants; Milkwood, Heaneys and Bullys
    Average house price

    £397,905

    Average rental price

    £1,230 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I had some friends living in Pontcanna, that’s a pretty trendy area these days – loads of nice restaurants, pubs and parks.”

    berrycrunch92, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

    Pontcanna and Canton are beautiful, have lots of indie hospitality venues and you won’t necessarily be far from the centre.”

    benjajinj, Reddit user – ‘Renting a flat in Cardiff – need advice’

    View Pontcanna on Google Maps

    Canton

    Big with foodies, this west-of-the-city area is great for pop-ups, markets, indie shops and great dining – it also has the Chapter Arts Centre, a beloved community space.

    Why it’s great
    • Plenty of dining options – from sit-down restaurants to streed-food-style delis – plus much-loved pubs like The Lansdowne and St Canna’s Ale House
    • It’s got new indie markets and ‘things to do’ popping up all the time
    • It’s right next door to Pontcanna, so you can sample its amenities easily
    • Nearby green spaces include Victoria Park, Sanatorium Park and Thompson’s Park
    Average house price

    £250,063

    Average rental price

    £835 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I think Canton is the better location for young professionals personally. It’s really come up the last few years. Lots of good places to eat and trendy places like Hard Lines coffee.”

    longboytheeternal, Reddit user – ‘Moving to Cardiff’

    Canton is great, filled with loads of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and a short walk to the city centre and Pontcanna (which has its own variety of stuff too). You’ll also get two parks, Victoria and Thompson’s, which are both nice.”

    McFlyJohn, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

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    Llandaff

    Technically a city within a city (it has its own beautiful cathedral, after all), Llandaff is a stunning area with a ‘village’ feel. Highlights include Insole Court, a 19th century mansion, and the cathedral itself.

    Why it’s great
    • Great walking distance to Canton and Pontcanna, so you’ll never be stuck for places to go or things to do
    • It sits on the edge of Hailey Park and Llandaff Fields, so lots of lovely green spaces
    • It’s been named as one of the best urban places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide (2015)
    • New housing developments – including 20% affordable housing – are being built in the former site of the BBC
    Average house price

    £350,996

    Average rental price

    £1,011 p.c.m

    What do the locals say?

    “I’d probably look at Llandaff or Whitchurch. Nice pretty houses, with better parking and bigger properties. Llandaff is walking distance to Pontcanna with all the nice bakeries and cafes and Whitchurch high street is pretty decent.”

    DrCMJ, Reddit user – ‘Young professional moving to Cardiff this summer, any tips on where to live/areas to avoid?’

    “Welcome to Llandaff North. Community here is bloody lovely. Definitely check out My Loaf the local bakery, and if you need anything for the garden or a pet, Nova at Village & Garden supplies is fab!”

    LoganGNU, Reddit user – ‘Just moved to Cardiff – any words of wisdom?’

    View Llandaff on Google Maps

     

    Moving to Cardiff?

    We hope you’ll love it here! It’s a beautiful, friendly city that’s regenerating all the time. It’s steeped in history and heritage, but with modern amenities and exciting new ventures popping up all over the place.

    Before you get here, we wanted to suggest our 5 top things to see, do or visit when you arrive…

    1. Cardiff Castle – whether you stroll through the grounds or actually go inside and see the glorious architecture, you just have to do it once
    2. Nata & Co – a homespun Portuguese bakery with good coffee and the best pastéis de nata (custard tarts) in Cardiff. Three locations already!
    3. Boneyard / Corporation Yard / Indie Superstore / Riverside Food Market – some of our best weekly and daily markets with independent shops, traders and food stalls
    4. Fresh Local & Wild – a brand new shopping experience, now in the old Topshop venue on Cardiff Queen Street, selling local produce, clothing, plants, cosmetics and more
    5. Cardiff Arcades – we’re the ‘city of arcades’ for a reason! Stroll through our 7 gorgeous, Diagon Alley-esque arcades full of boutiques, cafes, art spaces and unique hidden gems…

    Best suburbs of Cardiff - where to live
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    Where we’re going next…

    It’s impossible to include every Cardiff suburb in one blog, of course, so a few places we’d like to feature in future editions…

    • Llanishen
    • St Mellons
    • Ely
    • Radyr
    • Llanedeyrn
    • Heath
    • Whitchurch
    • Penarth
    • Rumney

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    House prices in this article have been found using zoopla.com while rental prices have been found using home.co.uk. All figures are correct at the time of publication.

    Some quotes from Cardiff locals have been edited for grammatical consistency and length. blue self storage is not responsible for any third party opinions or content linked to on other websites.