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    Hi all, i'm currently setting up a small business and want to know whats the cheapest courier company to use?

    i'll be sending parcels up to 10kg in weight and will be sending about 20 parcels a week starting out, hopefully more if it goes well.

    Thanks for any help.

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    parcel2go.com/ is brilliant and defo the cheapest around.

    All the best with the business!

    good to know

    SUMMONER;7756025

    I would say ]Home Delivery Network, City Link and ]DHL (in that order).



    Avoid citylink....i worked for them and they are crap!!!!

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    For your volumes deffinately Parcelforce... You'll get £6.10 a parcel (that's what I got when I started out a year ago, it might be 10p more or something now).... Then when you're doing 20 a day or more go to DHL you'll get £4.50 a parcel... City Link can't compete... I use DHL now and pay £3.80 per parcel but am shipping 1500 a month... For Northern Ireland I use Myhermes as they treat NI as UK so no excess...

    Other options are try sendex, they an umbrella company that gets a great rate for lots of smaller companies so you get a rate that you would normally only get if you're sending 10-20 a day...

    AVOID the likes of parcel2go, interparcel etc and get yourself an account, you'll get better service and save money

    Also avoid home delivery network, I got nothing but complaints from my customers, things like it came in a car and stunk of cigarette smoke (that was only two months ago), there's no telephone to collect, the driver left by my doorstep in the rain etc etc (Although Home delivery network bought DHL uk recently so things may change)

    Any questions PM me, I've had my fair share of dealings with couriers and know how to handle them

    fern37;7756106

    Avoid citylink....i worked for them and they are crap!!!!


    The quality of a courier company stands and falls with your local delivery driver.

    The guy who was doing the rounds at my old place was fantastic. He would even call me on the phone, to see if I was in. :thumbsup:

    At my current place, just 0.5km up the road, they keep rotating staff and it causes so much problems. Where at the old place I would get my deliveries usually between 8:30am and 10:00 I now get them well after 2:00pm. :x

    dhostings;7756144

    Also avoid home delivery network, I got nothing but complaints from my … Also avoid home delivery network, I got nothing but complaints from my customers

    2nd that, loads of hickups with their service. Also they should be a lot cheaper than DHL/CityLink etc on such small quantities.

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    Also if you do decide to use one of the 3rd party companies I'd use Interparcel and then register, after you've sent your first parcel you get discounts on future orders and works out the cheapest around (kind of their loyalty scheme)... ie a channel islands order is currently just over £20 but with the loyalty it's about £17...

    If you going to be sending any smaller items regularly then instead of royal mail use cuty link or UK Mail, they are both significantly cheaper, ie a second class packet weighing 200g with royal mail is about £1.40 but with city link it will cost you about 70p (but the min spend is £250 a month)

    Good luck with your business

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I've been given a price of £5 per package by interlink, sister company of dpd apparently.

    This seems like a really good price going off what you've all said. it's based on 75 per week and i've got this price for 6 months then it will be reviewed.

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    talldav;7764300

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I've been given a price of £5 per … Thanks for the replies everyone. I've been given a price of £5 per package by interlink, sister company of dpd apparently.This seems like a really good price going off what you've all said. it's based on 75 per week and i've got this price for 6 months then it will be reviewed.



    Surprisingly good rate, well done, I am presuming that's +vat and fuel surcharge etc? am tempted to give them a ring myself and see what they can offer.

    Thanks:thumbsup:

    You may also want to try and get a quote from Business Post/UK Mail :thumbsup:
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