Firm delivers a record for group

Kathy Wood Joanne Wood John Wood and Paddy Worsfold have had a great end to 2012.
Kathy Wood Joanne Wood John Wood and Paddy Worsfold have had a great end to 2012.
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A FAMILY-run business with more than 40 years experience in the transport industry is celebrating after a bumper festive period.

APC (Blackpool), part of the UK’s largest parcel delivery network APC Overnight posted the best figures in the firm’s 10 year history.

The Whitehills Drive firm increased the number of parcels it processed in December by 20 per cent compared to the same time in 2011.

The four directors, MD John Wood, secretary Kathy Wood, operations director Paddy Worsfold and transport manger Joanne Wood, have around 60 employees and sub-contractors working for ABC and its sister company Archive Business Centre (ABC) Limited which has been operating for 22 years.

They have a wide range of clients ranging from food to window blinds, fine wines to car parts and have a fleet of 30 vehicles ranging from vans to articulated lorries, between the two companies.

Overall, APC Overnight’s 115 member depots across the UK increased their standard delivery fleet by over 20 per cent on the same period the previous year, enabling them to manage the huge surge in demand.

Chief executive Syed Ziaullah said: “Christmas is the busiest time for the industry but owing to the marked increase in demand for our services over the past two years, it was important we put systems in place to cope.

“Our Christmas planning started in September to make sure each depot in the network was suitably prepared.

“We also sent out delivery projections to help them plan resources to manage the uplift in trading levels.”

It promises to be an eventful year for the courier firm as it prepares to move into its new £15m hub in Cannock this spring.

Syed added: “I predict a huge year for us.

“With the move to our new hub just a few short months away, we are set to meet ambitious growth targets in a stronger position than ever.

“And following a record breaking Christmas period and a strong first few weeks of trading this year, the sky is the limit for us in 2013.”

ABC Blackpool’s MD John Wood said the firm tried to fulfil many needs.

He added: “We offer a wide range of services from storage and pick and pack to haulage and trade plate movements.

“For people who don’t want or need an account can still have access to using our services to send parcels by going to”