Tv fame for home mover

WHEN Nick Baker made the move from employed to employer he hoped for success but he didn't expect to be head-hunted by the producers of a Channel 4 documentary series.

WHEN Nick Baker made the move from employed to employer he hoped for success but he didn't expect to be head-hunted by the producers of a Channel 4 documentary series.

Ricochet South, working for the channel's No Going Back series, asked Nick to find families who were uprooting themselves in this country to start anew abroad.

Nick, running Bakers Overseas, was an ideal choice as moving families to foreign climes is one of the mainstays of his business.

He organises the whole move, giving a home-to-home service including packing here and unpacking at the other end.

"These days I don't get to go personally myself, but I have done that in the past. I have a database of people who do all stages of moving abroad and one call to me will set the wheels – and home contents – in motion," said the 34-year-old from Dover Road, Ipswich.

The programme looks at the leaving of British shores and the arrival abroad, including running their new business, language difficulties and a totally different lifestyle.

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For Nick, a former Murrayfield and Nacton School pupil who started work in a sawmill before joining a Suffolk removal firm, the going is tough too but he is not complaining.

He said: "I knew when I left the sawmill my working days could only get easier and be a removal man – even when I travelled the world moving people – was a doddle by comparison.

"Now most of my time is in this country but the days are long. I do get to meet some lovely people with terrific stories about what they are going to do. They are taking enormous steps to set up life abroad and I always hope they will be successful."

Nick sends the possessions of enthusiastic families in containers from Felixstowe Port to all exotic places from Valencia to Canada, South Africa and the USA to Australasia, Pacific Islands and South America.

One customer moved lock, stock and cement bags to Barbados. Included in this client's container was building materials, loos and even a kitchen sink.

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Channel 4 is showing an update next month on families already featured. A new series including an episode where Nick was filmed chatting to a family about their move – will be screened early next year.

Weblinks:

www.ricochet.co.uk

www.bakersoverseas.com

www. channel4.com/life/microsites/N/no_going_back/

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