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History

1977
Founded

Rohan Masson-Taylor founds Cadogan Tate with a Luton van, an office above a Covent Garden wine bar and storage premises in Southwark.

The company offers fine art carrier services to auction houses and antique dealers, in particular Christie’s South Kensington. Service is within the UK only.

1978
Seeds are sown

A van and a contract

We acquire our first dedicated removals lorry with a view to offering high end residential moving services within London. In the art world, an exclusive contract is secured to deliver auction lots from Christie’s South Kensington's warehouse to the auction room. (The contract, subsequently expanded to include servicing Christie’s King Street, is still held today.)

1979
Growth by acquisition

Removals firm Trilogy acquired

Cadogan Tate acquires exclusive and well-heeled residential moving company, Trilogy, from its Old Etonian owners. With it comes a 30,000 sqft warehouse in West London, four additional removals lorries and a workforce of professional removal men. Trilogy moved us into European and International shipping, with the requirement to move belongings between customers’ London and European residences.

1980
Offer in place

Service offering established

With company offices, a storage facility, a fleet of vehicles and a professional work force, the foundation of what remains to this day our service offering is by now in place: Fine Art carriers and high end domestic residential removals.

1981
Management team expanded

Jonathan Hood joins

Jonathan Hood begins four decades of service, starting as Finance Director and subsequently (and to the present day) Group Managing Director. Also responsible, together with Luke Taylor, Director of IT Services, for taking Cadogan Tate into the 21st Century with some of the first computers on the market.

1987
Global shipping

Moves into Art shipping

We commence worldwide Fine Art and residential shipping, consolidating our position, over the following decade, as a world leader in the field.

1992
New services

Service offering extended

Cadogan Tate diversifies its service offering with the addition of Office and Business Relocation services; and Storage services, heralded by the winning of the Corporation of Lloyds (Lloyds of London Insurance) storage contract. (Testing out new Health and Safety procedures!)

1997
Into the USA

New York office opens

New York office and storage facility opens, at the request of Christie’s, to provide pre and post-sale storage facilities. 

1999
New HQ

We move to Park Royal, London

We acquire our current UK headquarters at Cadogan House, West London

1999
Raising standards

Training and QA initiatives

Cadogan Tate Training School established to further improve service delivery quality.

2001
To Paris

Paris storage facility opens

Our first Paris warehouse opens, providing pre and post-sale storage to Christie’s.

2002
New man: new offer

Graham Enser joins

Graham Enser, joins as Global Managing Director of Fine Art and subsequently develops our Interior Designer Services and Contemporary Art Logistics offerings, opening up the US market.

2005
Industry leadership

Raising industry standards

To raise standards industrywide, we collaborate with the HSE to make our risk assessment protocols available free of charge for smaller companies. At the same time, a comprehensive quality assurance programme is instituted involving visits and standards checks on 10% of all live jobs, and opening and checking of 10% of all storage and shipping containers.

2006
Notable return

Paul Haynes returns

Paul Haynes, now Global Managing Director of our Residential Moving, Storage and Shipping and Worldwide and Business Moving divisions, as well as of Cadogan Tate Côte d’Azur, rejoins the company.

2007
Multiple advances

New office and new HQ

Acquisition of Tooth Transport and opening of the Côte d’Azur office and storage facility allows for better servicing of London expat community. We acquire Interior Designer Services provider, Yewcoat Alpha, moving our Fine Art and Interior Designer Services division to its new HQ containing offices and state of the art customs bonded storage facility. This is a step towards the subsequent award of DFT Regulated Agent Status, enabling us to attend consignments in security restricted areas such as airports. 

2008
Green leadership

Eco Movers launched

Leads industry with launch of Eco Movers: low impact, environmentally friendly moving service using fully electric, low environmental impact vehicles including world’s first electric, renewable energy, 12.5 tonne removals van. Commenced long association with The Elephant Family charity to help save the endangered Asian Elephant from extinction.

2009
West Coast opens

First LA office opens

Los Angeles office and storage facility opens, to be followed in 2014, through acquisition of Interior Installations, with second LA office serving Hollywood and Interior Designer clientele.

2010
Looking forward

Huge new storage facility

Growth capacity of storage operations secured with acquisition of Kodak’s 142,000 sq ft European distribution centre on high security, 6 acre Greater London site.

2014
New North Am HQ

New York expansion

Second New York storage facility, and Cadogan Tate’s new headquarters for North American Operations, opens in Brooklyn.

2015
Market leadership

And today…

Cadogan Tate is a market leader, with full service operations in North and South London, Paris and the Côte d’Azur and East and West Coast USA. With our own resources and a network of trusted local partners, we provide a truly global service to customers anywhere in the world. Our clients include royalty, presidents, government agencies, business magnates, blue chip corporations, celebrities and ultra-high net worth individuals; as well as our many less visible, but equally valued, customers.

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