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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
We commence worldwide Fine Art and residential shipping, consolidating our position, over the following decade, as a world leader in the field.
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!)
New York office and storage facility opens, at the request of Christie’s, to provide pre and post-sale storage facilities.
Cadogan Tate Training School established to further improve service delivery quality.
We acquire our current UK headquarters at Cadogan House, West London
Our first Paris warehouse opens, providing pre and post-sale storage to Christie’s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second New York storage facility, and Cadogan Tate’s new headquarters for North American Operations, opens in Brooklyn.
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.