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Strategy and Policy Consultancy

It is essential for any company that requires their workforce to be mobile, to have a relocation strategy and policies in place. It is also key that these have been formulated using appropriate expertise and accurate information. There are many factors that will influence a company’s approach to their overall relocation strategy and subsequent relocation programmes. These may include company culture and aspiration, relocation destinations and local cultural considerations, assignee profiles, HR policy and financial budgets.

Vantage Relocation advises and guides its clients about suitable relocation strategies and policies. To do this, we utilise accurate, up to date data and industry in-sights, which enables considered policy development, implementation and execution. Support can be tailored to your individual organisation, but core services include:

Relocation Policies – Many companies simply overlook or neglect the need for robust and relevant relocation policies to be part of their people strategy. Ensuring that company objectives are aligned with workforce mobility requirements and individual assignee motivations, will underpin any successful relocation policy and ultimately individual relocation. Our extensive experience of policy development, with companies of all sizes, means we are well placed to ensure your relocation polices are fit for purpose. It is only then, that your organisation can begin to fully understand and manage the costs associated with relocation. Considerations may include:

  • Are you a developing and growing company? Is your relocation policy developing and growing in line with the needs of your company and its employees? 
  • How often is your relocation policy being reviewed and what continuous research is being done to ensure its accuracy?
  • As the cost of living constantly fluctuates across the world, is your relocation policy up to date to reflect those changes in different locations?

We understand that every company has its own needs and we approach every case with a fresh pair of eyes and mind-set, with purely one aim – that is to support our clients in developing and implementing appropriate and robust relocation policies that will stand the test of time. We listen and take time to learn the intricacies and uniqueness of a client’s company along with its culture, operational demands, commercial objectives, employee profiles and financial budgets.

Housing cost analysis – Housing costs vary significantly in different locations around the world. A thorough understanding of these variations and the potential impact on assignees –  living standards is crucial and likely to have an impact on the success of a relocation. Our housing cost analysis and reports provide key data to enable informed decision making from key stakeholders in the relocation process. Our strategic analysis of relocation costs will highlight any significant cost variations between one location and another, enabling our clients to develop commercialy viable and fair policies, providing relocation and housing allowances that reflect current markets.

Visas

Visas and Immigration

We offer a detailed programme for all relocating employees that need support with immigration. From ensuring country specific compliance to providing up to date advice on all global immigration matters, we manage every assignment with complete care and attention to detail.

Our experts are available to provide advice and support, on all aspects of immigration procedure, including;

  • Visas (employment and business visits)
  • Work permits
  • Family immigration
  • Settlement
  • Passport applications
  • Nationality
  • EEA applications
  • Sponsor licence support
Moving services

Shipping and Move Management

Vantage Relocation work with a carefully chosen panel of household goods shipping companies, van lines and storage providers, providing worldwide coverage. Each company is a member of FIDI, the global alliance of professional international moving companies, who are bound by their strict code of conduct.

As a result, our in-house Relocation Consultants can offer our clients a point to point service for the moving of household goods, throughout the world. We will organise pre-move surveys at the assignees’ convenience, who will then be able to choose their preferred supplier based on quality and price.

Our robust relationships with these moving companies means that we are able to drive cost efficiencies and quality and our one stop management service ensures cost and quality control for our clients.

 

Furniture Rental

Furniture Rental

There are various scenarios where the rental of household furniture is an appropriate thing to do. It might be that an employee chooses to rent an unfurnished property but the shipment of their own furniture is delayed. The rental of furniture therefore means that the assignee can still move into their preferred property and still have comfortable, albeit temporary, furniture.

Assignees have a vast choice of furnishing lines at different prices and quality levels. This gives them the flexibility to choose a range of furniture to suit their budget.

Once chosen, we take care of the ordering, delivery and installation process, ensuring that the assignee arrives at/returns to a furnished home ready to live in.

Furniture can generally be rented from as little as one month, up to 3 years and turn around times can be very quick.

Expense Management

Expense Management

Expense Management is a key component of any company-supported relocation. Any company that offers its employees relocation support, must ensure that all relocation costs are reported in a timely and accurate manner

Our expense management system provides end to end recording and reporting of all move related costs, ensuring along the way that each cost is correctly allocated to the right cost centre and is tax compliant. We can pay suppliers and reimburse assignees and provide end of year reports for each move, to enable accurate P11D/PSA reporting.

Our expense management service will save your business money and time.

Culture and language support

Cultural and Language Training

Moving to, and working and living in a foreign country is a big undertaking for many employees. It can be an uncomfortable and intimidating experience and it is proven that relocation assignments can fail if an assignee and/or their family, struggles to adapt and fit in with a host culture.

Even though employees may work together, differences in language and approaches to work can cause friction. For families, language barriers and ways of doing things can equally cause problems for spouses/partners and children alike.

We work in partnership with leading consultants, who offer a raft of excellent training to support assignees and increase their chances of success. These are tailored, high quality EFL and Foreign language training, cultural awareness training and country briefings, which will provide employees and their families with the cross cultural education to enable them to settle and integrate more easily.

Bank Account Set Up

Vantage Relocation provide support to assignees and their families,  who need help with setting up a bank account, before they have secured an address in the UK.

We will arrange an appointment at a suitable, conveniently located bank, where they will take you through the process of getting everything set up.

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Spousal / Partner Assistance

If a relocation fails, it can often be because the spouse or partner has not settled into their new life and environment. For this reason, Vantage Relocation places equal emphasis on the needs of the employee’s partner. We can offer assistance with the following:

  • Advice on preparing a CV
  • Job search assistance
  • Information on cultural & language training courses
  • Information on local leisure activities, children’s groups and general networking
  • Accompanied settling in days – a day (or part thereof) focused on getting to know the area and visiting places of particular interest
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