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Jan
2015
We’d like you to meet…
Relocating internationally is a huge step. Assignees and Human Resources teams need peace of mind that every move will be as stress-free as possible. That’s…
05
Jan
2015
Five Concerns About Relocating Abroad
Many assignees look forward to global relocation with a blend of excitement and trepidation. It’s a realistic mix of emotions.
12
Dec
2014
Global Mobility Challenges
As global mobility increases, it changes the challenges faced by HR teams...
27
Nov
2014
Global HR Management
With two thirds of job seekers willing to consider an overseas role, HR’s role has become truly global. But how can organisations sustain success on…
05
Nov
2014
Mind The Gap!
Global mobility and increasingly digital operations should suit the young people entering today’s job market. But – business has a poor reputation amongst this generation.
24
Oct
2014
There’s No Place Like Home
Global relocations and international working are a very common in today’s corporate culture. Many assignees value the quality of life as well as the career…
06
Oct
2014
We’d like you to meet…
People have a huge impact upon the success of any business; especially one involved with international relocations.
22
Sep
2014
Current Global Workforce Patterns
Recent research has shown the patterns of the truly global workforce over the last five years. Results will be key to organisations seeking to attract…
05
Sep
2014
How Does The Multicultural Manager Affect Global Mobility?
As organisations become increasingly global, they have a growing resource of internal talent with multicultural experience.
22
Aug
2014
Good News from BTR International!
We are delighted to share in our good news that “we” (BTR International) have been nominated as a finalist for International Mover of the Year…
We’d like you to meet…

We’d like you to meet…

Relocating internationally is a huge step. Assignees and Human Resources teams need peace of mind that every move will be as stress-free as possible. That’s where the BTR International team excels.
Our global mobility experts offer comprehensive, specialist support before, during and after relocation. We are pleased to introduce one of our busy Business Development Executives: James Middleton.

James joined the BTR International team just over a year ago. He has an impressive calibre within ‘people’ and ‘customer service’ sectors. These strengths are perfect for his current role addressing the global mobility needs of client organisations.

“Relationships are important in any role, but particularly in my work for BTR,” says James. “HR people are especially nice to work with. Everyone has the same goal – to ensure that an assignee’s global relocation goes as smoothly as possible.”

“My role involves helping people to move around the world; to transfer their lives and their families as seamlessly as possible. As a family man myself, I appreciate how important it is to make sure that everyone involved with the move is ready to carry on ‘as normal’ as quickly as possible.”

“Every day is different,” explains James. “My role is to keep everything moving smoothly. I especially enjoy being part of the BTR International team. We work in a supportive and fun environment. I actually look forward to coming in to work each day!”

“No two moves are the same, which keeps life interesting. Attention to detail is crucial – and it’s important to keep smiling!”

James is available to discuss corporate relocations via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or +44(0) 1582 495495.
Five Concerns About Relocating Abroad

Five Concerns About Relocating Abroad

Many assignees look forward to global relocation with a blend of excitement and trepidation. It’s a realistic mix of emotions.
The good news is action can be taken to allay concerns – much of which should be led by the Human Resources team.

Top five concerns about relocating abroad:

1. I can’t speak the language
This is a common concern affecting both work and home life in assignees’ new roles abroad. The good news is that support is available to learn the language… before and during your move! ‘Living the language’ is often the best way to learn!

2. What about my partner/family?
An international relocation is a big step – and an amazing opportunity for assignees and their families alike. With the right preparation and support before and during the move, everyone involved can embrace the new experiences and benefits available from a global assignment.

3. I don’t know anyone there
With the right orientation support, a new lifestyle can be empowering and refreshing. Elite Daily explains that going to a city where you don’t know anyone creates “an overwhelming sense of freedom“.

4. How will I move my possessions to my new home?
We understand that it’s unsettling to have your home ‘wrapped and packed’. The right relocation partner will ensure that assignees’ possessions are moved with care and attention. Some people choose a storage option – especially if initially living in temporary accommodation whilst looking for their new home.

5. When will I see my family and friends?
The reality is that many assignees have this concern. This worry is often linked to not knowing anyone/many people in a new location. Relocation policies should start to address this worry, providing a support network of contacts, from schools to restaurants, transport to property services. Trips home should also be considered when creating the global assignment package.

“Often, it’s the ‘not knowing’ that worries assignees,” explains Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “By working with a relocation partner who understands the concerns involved, relevant and helpful support can be provided throughout the process.”

To talk about how BTR International can support your global relocation programme, contact Kevin via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0) 1582 495 495.
Global Mobility Challenges

Global Mobility Challenges

As global mobility increases, it changes the challenges faced by HR teams...
Deloitte’s Strategic Moves survey found that there are three common strategic issues faced by global businesses:

• Emerging geographical markets
• Globalisation
• Increased competition

The survey found that most business leaders expect global mobility to address these issues. What is the link between the business and global mobility? It’s the HR department.

Research by International HR Adviser showed that just 2% multinational companies felt that their global mobility function as world class. 70% thought that global mobility was underperforming or needed significant investment.

To improve efficiency – and success – three top global mobility challenges were identified (with percentage of participants shown):

• Partnering within the business to effectively use global mobility (66%)

• Regulatory compliance and controls - such as tax, immigration, payroll (62%)

• Integration with global talent management practices (61%)

The best global talent resourcing fills talent and skills gaps whilst ensuring that global mobility is aligned to the business needs.

The key to success is building a global mobility network to support global talent resourcing. “Working with partners who have global mobility experience makes the process smooth and efficient,” explains Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “Our international expertise supports international relocations before, during and after the actual move. We help assignees and HR managers alike”

To find out how BTR International can address your organisation’s global mobility challenges, contact Kevin via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0) 1582 495 495.
Global HR Management

Global HR Management

With two thirds of job seekers willing to consider an overseas role, HR’s role has become truly global. But how can organisations sustain success on a worldwide scale?
Research from Boston Consulting Group identifies five key areas which organisations must address to achieve sustainable success globally.

BTR International suggests how these elements will impact upon HR:

1. Geographical Positioning
Resources will affect where businesses are based and their geographical spread. Global operations involve recruitment and management on the largest scale possible. HR functions need to be aware of – and prepared for – cultural differences.

2. Quick Changes
Often overseas markets carry more risk and faster change than the domestic market that is well known. Cross cultural training will ensure that communication channels are fully effective.

3. Decision Making
For international companies to operate efficiently, a degree of decision making must be spread around the globe. This requirement impacts upon every function including HR.

4. A Truly Global Culture
Successful companies embrace diversity within their workforces. This is particularly relevant as 65% high performing employees will relocate to a new country or continent for a better job (HBR research). Clearly, this impacts upon recruitment and development, with a clear relocation policy needed.

5. Leadership
Leading a global team or function will involve extensive travelling and cultural understanding. This will facilitate a proper understanding of every part of the business, with the corporate message reflecting local differences.

“Operating a global business offers distinct benefits and challenges,” says Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “It’s important to draw upon the knowledge and experience of partner organisations. We’ve been helping companies with their global relocations for over 25 years and use this expertise to help HR teams to manage global assignments and relocations.”

To find out how BTR International can help your organisation contact Kevin via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0) 1582 495 495.
Mind The Gap!

Mind The Gap!

Global mobility and increasingly digital operations should suit the young people entering today’s job market. But – business has a poor reputation amongst this generation.
This makes recruiting these potential employees – and future leaders - hard work.

In a recent Deloitte study for Virgin, young people in the UK were asked about the impact of business upon the world’s four biggest challenges:

• Creating jobs and increasing prosperity
• Climate change and protecting the environment
• Resource scarcity
• Inequality of incomes and wealth

Respondents said that business was helping only one: creating jobs and increasing prosperity. According to these young people (aged 16 – 21), business is simply not helping with the other three issues.

This dim view of business reflects a generally poor experience within early employment.

The National Centre for Universities and Business reports that two thirds of graduates regret their first role… with 25% leaving within one year.

A startling 87% of employers have not been able to fill their graduate roles, yet there are one million unemployed young people in the UK. (This is the third highest figure in Europe.)

So how can HR deal with this challenge?

The Deloitte report states that 80% youngsters want to work for an organisation that is responsible and proactive about its affect upon society.

Surely the answer is in the roles and investment available? ‘Millenials’ (people born after 1983) are mobile and digital. Organisations with a global platform and strong Corporate Social Responsibility programme will be able to create exciting prospects to attract the Millenials. Recruitment can then be truly global and successful for all involved.

“We understand the importance of organisations being environmentally responsible,” explains Kevin Wieczorek, Sales & Marketing Director of BTR International. “Our ISO14001 accreditation demonstrates our positive, consistent action when it comes to CSR. We find that clients and employees alike are keen to understand this side of our business.”

If your business is involved with global recruitment and would value some expert assistance with your relocation policy, contact Kevin via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0)1582 495495.
With so many young people dissatisfied in their current role, now is the time to stand out from the crowd and attract mobile talent.
There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home

Global relocations and international working are a very common in today’s corporate culture. Many assignees value the quality of life as well as the career prospects that a move abroad can involve. Is it true that there’s no place like home?
A Telegraph survey shows that 89% of expats say they have a better quality of life abroad.

What is it about living and working abroad that gives this hugely popular advantage?

• 77% expats say that they enjoy a better work life balance with more free time and more socialising opportunities
• Half of expats benefit from a lower cost of living
• 26% people said that affordable housing was a key factor

So – almost nine out of ten people think that their quality of life is better abroad, plus 49% say they are living in a country that is friendlier than the UK.

But – 33% of expats will return to the UK for good in the future. Why?

Here are the top three qualities of the UK that expats come home for:

1. The weather! Yes, it’s true… 20% expats miss the unpredictable weather in the UK.
2. The NHS – many expats rely on private health care whilst living abroad. 15% missed our National Health Service.
3. Culture – the UK humour, history and culture is missed by 12% of expats surveyed

“Many of the global relocations that we manage involve moving to or from the UK,” says Suzanne Sells of BTR International. “We’ve helped people to relocate throughout the world. Whilst assignees often enjoy the opportunity, experience and lifestyle involved with relocating abroad, many look forward to returning home.”

If you’re tempted to look abroad for the quality of life or to return to the UK weather, talk to BTR International.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call +44 (0)1582 495495. We’ll ensure that your move is as stress free as possible.
We’d like you to meet…

We’d like you to meet…

People have a huge impact upon the success of any business; especially one involved with international relocations.
At BTR International, our business is centred upon providing an outstanding service to our clients – organisations and assignees alike. We have a dedicated team of people who thrive on providing excellent customer care, minimising the stress of relocating. We are pleased to introduce one of our newest Business Development Executives, Louise Chilcott.

Louise joined BTR International in July 2014. She comes with an impressive track record within the relocation and removals industry. “I started working in logistics over 20 years ago, dealing with overseas estates for the Foreign Office,” she explains. “Since then, I’ve been working across the global relocation and removals industry, helping both public and private sector clients.”

“I particularly enjoy meeting the Human Resources Managers, understanding their needs and finding the best way of achieving their aims,” adds Louise. “BTR International is a tremendously strong team to work with. It’s a family business and we’re all committed to the same goal; providing people-orientated, smooth corporate relocations.”

“For me, it’s all about the relationship that we have with our clients. I stay in touch regularly with the Human Resources Managers and our own Move Managers. Whilst my main responsibility is account management, I am ready and able to roll up my sleeves and get involved with any aspect of relocations."

If you would like to talk with Louise about the corporate relocation services available from BTR International, please call +44(0) 1582 495495 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Current Global Workforce Patterns

Recent research has shown the patterns of the truly global workforce over the last five years. Results will be key to organisations seeking to attract the best talent; global talent mobility is hugely influential in today’s recruitment world.
The Hydrogen Group has released its findings, showing the attitudes, experiences and priorities of professionals regarding working abroad. 2,444 participants cross 99 countries were involved.
The findings were:

• The number of professionals wanting to work abroad has doubled (to 35%).
• 62% participants had already worked abroad, increasing the wealth of global experience available to employers.
• 2014 respondents had the most positive attitude towards working abroad (out of the five years covered by the research). 40% saw no barriers to international relocation.
• Social networks (such as LinkedIn) are used during recruitment, however organisations prefer to work with recruiters due to their specialist and local market knowledge.
• 25% professional feel that their job prospects have improved as a result of working abroad.
• The most favoured destinations to relocate to are USA and UK.
• More than two thirds of participants are willing to relocate to BRICS countries, (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). Personal growth opportunities are the biggest motivator, with security, language and family cited as the barriers to working in these countries.

Importantly, the research highlights a growing acceptance – and embracing – of global mobility.

“Many assignees are excited about relocating internationally,” says Kevin Wieczorek, BTR International’s Sales and Marketing Director. “The support involved with the move makes a huge difference to people’s expectations and experience”.

“Integration is far easier with cultural awareness and language training. We’ll help assignees and their families. The sooner a new location feels familiar and homely, the quicker people settle into their new work role and environment.”

The growing acceptance and support for international relocation within the workforce helps Human Resources teams enormously. If you would like to plan for global mobility within your organisation, talk to BTR International. We have a range of policy and planning services plus a proven global relocation network. We’ll make your moves as stress free as possible.
How Does The Multicultural Manager Affect Global Mobility?

How Does The Multicultural Manager Affect Global Mobility?

As organisations become increasingly global, they have a growing resource of internal talent with multicultural experience.
Identifying and carefully positioning employees with multicultural experience can have a huge impact upon global operations.

Blending cultural understanding with corporate skills offers a powerful combination. It quickens the introduction of innovation and change, saving the company time and resources.

Ultimately, the multicultural manager is likely to integrate into global assignments more quickly, increasing effective global mobility.

Research shows that here are five key roles in which multicultural managers can make a positive difference, outperforming those without global experience (Harvard Business School, Insead Knowledge). These roles are:

Being creative. The development of global brands or operations will be understand the cultural differences involved.
Interpreting and sharing complex knowledge whilst being sensitive to local market differences
Anticipating and managing potential conflicts
Introducing and integrating new team members from different cultures
On-going team management and development when several cultures are involved

The trend of looking internally for multicultural managers has been noticed by BTR International. ”We’ve seen that the number internal assignees involved with international relocations is growing. When we are helping employees – and usually their families – relocate to a new country, we liaise with them very closely. We therefore understand how long people have worked with the organisation,” explains Kevin Wieczorek, BTR International’s Sales and Marketing Director.

“To us, no two moves are the same. The service we offer is completely unaffected by whether someone was promoted internally or recruited externally to their role. It is, however, an interesting development, saving recruitment costs for many organisations.”

Global talent mobility is increasingly important; multicultural managers are an asset to teams, creativity and productivity on a global stage.

If you are increasing your global mobility and need help with relocating assignees, contact us. We’re here to help.
Good News from BTR International!

Good News from BTR International!

We are delighted to share in our good news that “we” (BTR International) have been nominated as a finalist for International Mover of the Year 2014, EMEA at the forth coming EMMAs for a second successive year.
This is only the 2nd time we have submitted an entry, and are thrilled to have made the short list again!

This is an amazing achievement and reflects the high standard and commitment of our entire team.

We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised in such a prestigious way. Well done team!