UK Mail

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UK Mail Group plc
Area served
United Kingdom
Products Postal services
Parent Deutsche Post DHL Group

UK Mail, formerly known as Business Post, is a postal service company operating in the United Kingdom,[1] which has competed with the Royal Mail in collection and distribution of mail since the deregulation of the postal service in January 2006.[2] Its distribution network delivers mail to local Royal Mail sorting offices for last-mile delivery through downstream access.

UK Mail competes primarily with Royal Mail and Whistl.[3]


UK Mail originated as a taxi firm in Harrow in 1971. In just a few years, the company evolved into a national business offering same day courier and overnight parcel delivery. By 1986, the now much larger company became Business Post and was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1993. UK Mail was granted a seven-year licence by Postcomm in 2003 to provide postal services for business customers.[4]

It began trading in 2004, with Powergen as its first customer, and delivered its one billionth item of mail in October 2006.[5] In 2009, its parent company, Business Post Group, became UK Mail Group to "reflect the growing importance of the mail arm".[6] In 2015, problems caused by a new automated sorting hub resulted in a loss in profit and a share price drop. [7]

In September 2016, UK Mail was bought by Deutsche Post DHL.[8] In March 2017, UK Mail was accused of "inhuman" business practices and "ripping off" its workers, by charging sick self-employed couriers the cost of hiring a replacement, apparently £216 a day.[9]


  1. ^ "UK Mail Group PLC (UKM.L) Company Profil". Reuterse. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Post service opens to competition". 1 January 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Privatised mail: a second-class delivery". The Guardian. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Business Post's UK Mail granted long-term licence by Postcomm". 12 June 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "UK Mail makes a one-in-a-billion delivery". 17 October 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Business Post to become UK Mail". 15 July 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "UK Mail profits hit by HQ move". 18 November 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Deutsche Post DHL übernimmt UK Mail". (in German). 28 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Robert Booth. "UK Mail driver who was unable to work after car accident charged £800 | Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 

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