From Regional Runs to Continental Courier Jobs -- the Growth of a Firm

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Growing from a bike delivery business to a fleet, after a decade with Courier Exchange (http://www.courierexchange.co.uk/recruitment.html), Pronto Despatch has expanded its client base and its horizons.

Once a construction engineer, Dode Fraser formed Pronto Despatch in 1992, managing a small portfolio of motorcycle courier jobs. He immediately adopted a 'Never Say No' ethos, which gave them the versatility to grow and take on more work. Soon two wheels were traded for four, and now Pronto runs a ten-strong fleet of vehicles.

At the turn of the millennium, Pronto Despatch joined Courier Exchange, marking a new era for the firm. Since that time the Freight exchange has grown to be the world's largest hub for courier and express freight companies trading courier jobs and backloads across Europe, and Pronto has grown in parallel.

As part of Pronto's business expansion, Dode looked to widen its range, and this is where the Courier Exchange network came into its own. There are more than two thousand member companies across the UK and Europe on the Freight exchange. With these contacts providing courier jobs both near and far, even a company based in Inverness - like Dode's - has been able to make strides in the business.

Burgeoning from a small van and transit company, Pronto Despatch has been able to build important contacts with other businesses, developing a customer base of both national and regional clients.

Dode Fraser reflects on their success: "With Courier Exchange we have at our disposal a fleet of thousands of vehicles which enables me to accept almost any courier job and find a vehicle that suits whilst at the same time having the comfort that it will be a job well done."

He adds: "The Courier Exchange was the first network that worked for us."

Dode has stayed true to his 'Never Say No' mantra, and so his company has taken on courier jobs as varied and interesting as delivering critical repair parts to a broken oil tanker in Spain, and Christmas presents to an old lady stuffed into three suitcases.

About The Transport Exchange Group

With offices in London and Nottingham, The Transport Exchange Group operates two of the largest haulage exchanges in Great Britain. Courier Exchange (http://www.courierexchange.co.uk), is the UK's biggest exchange for express and same day movements and is now in its ninth year of trading, while its sister site, Haulage Exchange (http://www.haulageexchange.co.uk) is one of the UK's leading independent haulage exchanges for the 7.5 Tonne market and beyond.

Membership of the exchange is limited to accredited transport professionals, and offers them the chance to buy and sell domestic and international road transport industry services such as full loads, backloads, return loads, freight forwarding, and road haulage.

For further information contact Century Public Relations (Tel: 024 7622 8881).

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