From Hartlepool to Bosnia - via Wales

LEE Caldwell and Peter Crowe on a mission in Bosnia
LEE Caldwell and Peter Crowe on a mission in Bosnia

INTREPID business duo Lee Caldwell and Peter Crowe are back from their mission to Bosnia - and Singapore and Spain could be next on their agenda.

The two 26-year-olds, who own and run Focus Removals which is based on the Park View Industrial Estate in Hartlepool, delivered furniture from a storage unit in North Wales to a former Army colleague of Peter’s in Europe.

The 3,400-mile round mission went like a dream, said Peter who is a former Corporal with the Green Howards, was asked by his old platoon leader to deliver his belongings to his home in Bosnia where he is now married with two children.

The round trip took five days and, while the route to Bosnia is 1,500 miles, it went up to 1,700 miles when the diversion to the North Wales storage unit was taken into account.

The travelling businessmen got to spend some time looking round the country.

Peter said: “The whole thing went very smoothly and I got to see my old barracks which is where I was based when I was posted to Bosnia in 2006. It has all been shut down. The city of Banja Luka has not changed but the camp is rundown with overgrown grass. The trip did bring back nice memories.”

The Bosnia trip may not be the only foreign adventure for the removal men. Peter added: “We have had enquiries from Singapore and Spain.”

More good news is that Focus Removals is now the accredited removal company for a large storage firm in the Tees Valley area.

The next progression for the business partners is to bring in another vehicle.

The two men have known each other since their days at Brierton School. They left at the same time and joined the Army with Lee spending eight years with the Royal Engineers - progressing to Lance Corporal - and Peter serving with the Green Howards.