Left: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, with DPD employees
Parcel delivery specialist DPD has today (May 6) unveiled its £150m (US$228m) investment plan for its UK operations during a rare visit from the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
DPD is planning to open a further 10 depots over the next five years creating an additional 750 jobs in the process. The Chancellor called in on DPD’s state-of-the-art depot in Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK, as part of a 24-hour tour of businesses across the country on the final day of campaigning ahead of the UK’s general election to elect a new government.
The company said that as a result of its £250m (US$380m) investment in its UK business over the last five years, it had opened 15 brand new depots and created 4,000 new jobs. In total, it now operates 52 depots, and employs 9,300 people.
Dwain McDonald, DPD CEO, said, “We were very happy to welcome the Chancellor today and show him around our operation in Raunds. Our record over the last five years speaks for itself with revenue up over £500m (US$760m) and 4,000 new jobs created. Today we announced more good news with a five year plan to build a further 10 new state-of-the-art depots which will create another 750 new jobs at least.
“I’m incredibly proud of what we have been able to do in terms of UK jobs and wealth creation no other parcel delivery company has come close to matching our levels of growth, profitability or investment in recent years.
“Our success is based on innovation, service and investment our unique Predict service means customers are in complete control of their delivery and don’t have to wait in all day. Predict is hugely popular with our retail partners as it allows them to offer their customers a truly first class delivery experience, which in turn, encourages them to make repeat purchases.”
May 6, 2015