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NCA NEWS
Staying ahead
Scottish
Dash Couriers of Rochester seem to be regardless of recession and with people
bucking the courier’s trend with their
outsourcing their transport requirements
courier firm is
continued growth in the face of economic
as a way of reducing their reliance on in
adversity. Recently taking over 2 new
house resources, Dash is there to offer an
soaring high
large contracts involving the complete
excellent ad hoc service. Five more
transport needs of the companies
liveried NCA logo bearing stretch
including their overnights, pallet
Mercedes Sprinters went on the road on
distributions, same day requirements and
haulage requirements, Lawrie Roberts
August 1st, as Lawrie says, ‘bobbing and
who has been at the helm of Dash for a
weaving around NHS hospitals in the
good number of years, says news is
south and south east’ plus Dash is
good in Kent. Dash Couriers prides itself
getting more and more involved with UK
on offering a down to earth and cost
and International pallet movements to
effective distribution solution. There are
various CD pressing plants on behalf of
always opportunities for expansion the UK music industry.
Eagle Couriers, has beaten
PDQ – Expanding Pretty
competition from major international
delivery companies to land a
Damn Quickly!
prestigious contract with NHS
Scotland. The firm, which employs
also do specialist data storage. more than 100 staff at its bases in
So with the sun so evidently shining on
Glasgow and Edinburgh, will now be
PDQ Edinburgh, what does PDQ need
responsible for delivering documents
from you, reader? Del says, ‘Currently we
and medical equipment to hospitals
are looking for back loads from Aberdeen
and medical facilities across Scotland
/ Dundee, every Thursday mid day. Our
until 2011. The deal, which involved a
premises at Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh are at
lengthy and complex procurement
90% capacity at the moment and have
process and saw Eagle Couriers go
secured a second warehouse of 9000sq ft
head-to-head with industry’s biggest
ready to start more storage, so if you
players, is a major business coup for
have any storage requirements give us a
the firm as it looks to continue its
shout. We are also in the process of
ambitious expansion plans.
Del Hanley from PDQ Edinburgh has starting a mini Scottish hub where
The contract will rank among the
seen a few recessionary dips in his time couriers can leave packages or pallets or
company’s biggest tenders - which
as Ops Manager but knows that it’s even 40 foot trailers at our warehouse or
include a £1.5 million deal with
exactly this experience that allows PDQ to yard. As you know the working time
communications giant BT. Eagle
continue to grow whilst others face directive only lets you go so far before
Couriers’ three-strong Directors have
adversity. ‘I have worked for PDQ you are out of time so this facility may be
already expanded the firm’s premises
Couriers as an Operations Manager for useful for your drivers. We have
across Scotland to both cope with
the last 12 years, and am currently the warehousing at our Glasgow depot where
the expected surge in business and
to ensure it is geared up to effectively
vice chairman for the National Courier we can store pallets for short or long term
handle the new NHS work.
Association. I think diversity and client and offer our full courier services from
Jerry Stewart, one of Eagle Couriers’
responsiveness are the keys to success there to so don’t just think PDQ
directors, said: “This is potentially a
which is why we continue to expand Edinburgh – remember we cover
huge contract for Eagle Couriers. We
despite tough trading conditions’. PDQ, Glasgow to!’
are proud to be an independent – but
voted No. 1 NCA Courier in the UK 2008, PDQ are currently awaiting delivery of 10
very hard-working - Scottish firm, so
offer a diverse service profile, ranging new vans, ranging from small vans to
it’s very pleasing that we’ve proved
from small city centre deliveries to pallet Luton vans to cover their continued
our credentials to a big, national
logistics & distribution. They can move expansion. With all these vehicles they
body like NHS Scotland. The NHS
your small packages from the airport to now have their own garage service centre
tender comes just a few months after
city centre from as little as £15.00, or near Edinburgh. Del confirms, ‘If one of
Eagle Couriers earned security
multi drop from airport to city centre for your couriers is in town and he has a
clearance to make deliveries for the
£4.00 per drop. All their drivers are problem with his van he can give us a call
Government and other public bodies
cleared for the GCDA contracts in working hours and we can see if we
across Scotland. The firm now has
(government car & despatch agency) can get him back on the road quickly.’
backing from two organisations - the
making them ideal for making secure What a star service!
Government Car and Despatch
deliveries to any UK destination. We have For further details speak to, Agency (GCDA) and Scotland Excel –
just moved into larger premises, so can Derek "Delboy" Hanley or Jim Vettrino which both aim to improve efficiency
now offer warehouse storage & on 0870 766 5289 or email and delivery of important public
distribution services. PDQ Couriers can control@pdqcouriers.com documents, files and information.
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