Scotland’s biggest independent courier company has earned security clearance to make deliveries for the Government and other public bodies.
Eagle Couriers has won crucial backing from two organisations aiming to improve efficiency and delivery of important public documents, files and information.
The issue has been in the public spotlight following a series of incidents when sensitive government information was lost in transit, including millions of child benefit and DVLA files.
Bosses of Eagle Couriers – based in Edinburgh and Glasgow – are delighted to have won approval to work with both the Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) and Scotland Excel, which helps the country’s 32 councils find trusted suppliers.
Jerry Stewart, a director with Eagle Couriers said: “We could not ask for a more pleasing endorsement of our work. These organisations set the most rigorous standards before they give approval or accreditation to the suppliers they use.
“Both the GCDA and Scotland Excel had their improvement work underway well before the missing government information scandal hit the headlines.
“But the fact that you have not been able to turn on your TV and radio or open a newspaper without reading about missing files or documents has really put this issue on very high on the public agenda.
“That means the launch of both these services is particularly timely. We are delighted we’ll have a chance to help rebuild public confidence about safe transit and delivery of sensitive information held by public bodies.”
The GCDA is part of the Department for Transport and this month it launched Regional Plus, a new same-day courier service from Government Mail for councils, police forces, health authorities and wider public services.
It offers a network of government approved, security cleared couriers across Britain, with Eagle Couriers winning coveted approval in Scotland, meaning its workers are security cleared to the same level as Government Mail’s own staff.
Meanwhile Eagle Couriers has also been approved by Scotland Excel, the body set up in the wake of the government’s 2006 McClelland Report into procurement – on how public services could improve the way they buy in services.
Eagle Couriers has now been named as an approved Courier firm – meaning all 32 Scottish councils will be advised it has been extensively vetted and benchmarked and should be treated as a preferred supplier.
Mr Stewart added: “The process to get here has been exhaustive and now that we have been approved we will have to prove on a daily basis that we provide efficient, secure and value services.
“That’s a challenge we are happy to take on because we never stop looking for ways to improve what we do for our clients and the fact we’ve won these two approvals is a real testament to the hard work of everyone in the firm.
“This is a great way to reward those continued efforts because we now have a chance to impress public services across Scotland and a great opportunity to further enhance our business.”
Since it was the subject of a management buyout in 2005, Eagle Couriers has seen turnover increase by 8% to and now employs 85 people between bases in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
It has also achieved both Investors in People and ISO9001 status – both key credentials in helping win accreditation from both GCDA and Scotland Excel.