Acquisition brings Scottish expansion for Speed Couriers

Speed Couriers’ MD Carl Truscott, left, and owner Shaun Merrick

A Manchester-based courier service is expanding north of the border into Scotland.

Speed Couriers, which also operates a Leeds depot, has acquired Caledonian Couriers of Glasgow, owned by Carole Henderson, for an undisclosed sum.

The company, which was founded 38 years ago, specialises in urgent same day transport for the medical sector across the UK, providing a secure distribution channel for NHS Trusts, GP surgeries and private pathology services. In addition to collecting and delivering blood, pathology samples, pharmaceutical products and records, Speed Couriers also delivers a wide range of non-medical supplies, from internal mail and small packages up to large non-haulage items.

Caledonian Couriers was the designated courier for the last James Bond film, No Time To Die, taking film from each day’s shoot to the production studio.

Speed Couriers director, Carl Truscott, said: “Our owner Shaun Merrick has known Carole for over 30 years and as Carole felt it was time to retire, she approached Shaun to see if he was interested in buying her company. He was.

“While we had not been actively looking in Scotland, we do have a significant amount of work there, so it made perfect sense to buy Caledonian Couriers. It was the ideal fit. Carole was very keen to ensure her staff weren’t affected by the deal and we were able to give her that assurance.”

He added: “We are now very excited about the future possibilities and development in Scotland. We have taken on Caledonian’s staff and branding as well as continuing to work with the fleet of self- employed couriers. Across the fleet we now have 60-70 drivers on a weekly basis and looking to keep growing.”

Carole Henderson said: “I have complete confidence and trust in Speed Couriers and in Shaun, Carl and their team. I know the company that I founded and nurtured is now in the safest of hands.”

Caledonian Courier Company has been supporting business across Scotland since 1994, shipping thousands of packages every week. With hundreds of clients across the business spectrum, from SMEs to blue chip companies, the company has developed and enhanced its services over the years.

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