Uni Baggage

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Uni Baggage
Private
IndustryCourier
Founded2009
FounderPaul Stewart
HeadquartersBelfast, Northern Ireland
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Paul Stewart, Ciara Kennedy, Andy Monk, Anthony Gallagher
Number of employees
12
Websiteunibaggage.com
logo used from 2009 to 2017

Uni Baggage is a luggage delivery company which is used mainly by students though its services are also available to the general public. Uni Baggage reports that it is used by university students, holiday makers and the forces. Uni Baggage arranges the collection and delivery of its customers' items through major couriers, for considerably less than if the customer booked direct.

The courier service was founded by young entrepreneur Paul Stewart in 2009, after he had experienced difficulties moving his personal belongings from his home in Northern Ireland to where he was studying, at the University of Edinburgh.

Paul set up the business in his second year of studying an engineering degree at Edinburgh University. Paul juggled his time between attending classes and setting up the business, using his student loan to fund the venture.[1] The company is now based in Belfast. Since it was founded, Uni Baggage has expanded into worldwide shipping and currently offers the services of DHL Express, FedEx and Parcelforce.

In August 2013, the company had 30,000 customers and transported more than 1,000 tonnes of student belongings, travelling 6,000,000 miles across the United Kingdom and Worldwide.[2] By 2014, the company had annual sales in excess of one million pounds.[3]

In September 2014, Uni Baggage announced the launch of its VIF service (Very Important Fresher). This new service was covered by a number of media outlets, including the BBC,[4] Financial Times,[5] CNBC,[6] The Guardian,[7] The Independent,[8] The Telegraph.[9] The VIF service allowed students to travel to University in luxury while their belongings were transported separately.

In November 2015, Uni Baggage launched several new routes from Ireland to Europe and the United States.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Firm helps students cut cost of sending baggage to college - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk". BelfastTelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  2. ^ "Baggage firm helps students make light work of shift to university". Belfast Telegraph Business. Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Northern Ireland is the best place to start and grow a business". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. ^ "VIP students 'arrive by helicopter'". BBC News. 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  5. ^ "The way to travel to university". Financial Times. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  6. ^ Kharpal, Arjun (2014-09-01). "Private jet: The new way to get to college". CNBC. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  7. ^ Papworth, Jill (2014-09-12). "Setting off for uni? Here's how to make it on a £170 budget". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  8. ^ "First impressions count: How to be picture perfect for that first date". The Independent. 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  9. ^ "Student Life: The Ferrari Freshers who refuse to slum it". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  10. ^ "Uni Baggage Adds New Irish Shipping Routes | Uni Baggage". www.unibaggage.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01.