Scotland’s leading independent courier firm has carried out a major expansion into West Lothian after opening a new operational headquarters.
The move means that around 30 permanent staff from Eagle Couriers will now be based at the new HQ at the Easter Inch industrial park in Bathgate.
However, the firm will still be operating its existing depots in Edinburgh and Glasgow, in order to ensure there is no disruption to the long-standing contracts it holds with blue-chip companies in the two cities.
The relocation of the firm’s HQ follows a number of high-profile contract wins for Eagle Couriers with clients such as the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries.
Under the expansion plans, Eagle Couriers has also moved its Glasgow depot to a new modern facility at Oakbank, which will provide easier access to the city centre and is equipped the latest security equipment.
Jerry Stewart, one of Eagle Couriers directors, said: “This is a very exciting move for us as it will enable us to expand our business even further across Scotland. By having a central delivery hub, it will mean we can easily dispatch couriers across the whole of Scotland and allow our business to grow.
“Of course, we will also be keeping our bases in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We have many important contracts in these two cities and we need to maintain our presence there in order to continue providing the best possible service for these clients.
“We’re even moving our depot in Glasgow in order to be closer to the city centre and to ensure that we have a more modern base with the latest security systems. It will provide an even better service for our clients in the city.
“With the increased floor space of our new Bathgate headquarters, we are now looking forward to strengthening our position as Scotland’s leading independent courier firm.”
The expansion plan is the latest in a line of successes for the company, which has more than 20 years experience in the Scottish courier industry.
Last year, the firm took over one of its oldest Edinburgh rivals QED Couriers in a deal designed to bring an extra £500,000 of business per year. The company has previously led successful takeovers of other competitors, including Glasgow courier firms Road Runner and Arrow Express.
In the past 12 months, Eagle Couriers has also secured a £1.5 million contract with communications giant BT and a similar deal with NHS Scotland that will see the firm deliver documents and medical equipment to hospitals and medical facilities across the country until 2011.
The company also earned security clearance to make deliveries for the Government and other public bodies across Scotland. The firm now has backing from two organisations – the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) and Scotland Excel – which both aim to improve efficiency and delivery of important public documents, files and information.
Notes to editors:
• Eagle Couriers is Scotland’s leading independent courier company, with almost 30 years’ experience and an annual turnover of £2.3 million. The firm employs 100 staff between its bases in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
• The company provides excellent customer service and competitive prices, as well as offering same day/next day deliveries to local, national and international destinations.
• Eagle Couriers has a 3500-strong client base ranging from blue chip firms such as the BBC and BT, public organisations including the NHS, and sole traders. As business-to-business experts, Eagle Couriers helps other firms operate more efficiently and profitably, by safely delivering on time everything from documents, medical samples and engine parts to sports footage, scripts and TV props.
• The company invests in new technology like web booking and vehicle tracking to benefit clients and operates in an ethical fashion. It is registered with relevant professional bodies and enjoys Investors in People status.