Pickfords recovered from the initial impact of the pandemic last year, after revenues increased by almost a quarter.

The UK’s largest removals firm reported turnover of £58.1m in the year ending 30 September 2021, up from £47.3m in 2020.

Pre-tax profit more than doubled to £4.5m, compared to £2.1m the year before.

In 2020, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic knocked almost a fifth off its turnover after the company was unable to trade for a month and it sought help from the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.

But its latest results showed that the business, which provides local, national, European and international moving and storage services, had bounced back.

In a statement signed off by the board, Pickfords said: “The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic affected the company’s results in the prior year and the company reduced its cost base.

“As a result of the measures taken by the company and the significantly increased turnover, there was a positive impact on the group’s profitability in the current year.”