2012 Will be Pivotal Year for Independent Delivery Companies Says Shiply

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The coming year will bring significant opportunities for SMEs, especially small delivery firms according to online transport marketplace Shiply.com.

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We hope to keep aiding small businesses in their transportation endeavours.

SMEs are potentially facing a tough year, according to the Federation of Small Businesses. A lack of confidence, slow growth and rising overheads all attributed to small businesses problems last year and will continue to be an issue into 2012.

Unemployment is at an all-time high and smaller enterprises are facing increased energy and fuel costs, an outlay that impacts heavily on transport companies.

The 2012 budget, less than a fortnight away will be pivotal for small businesses. If proposed fuel duty rises weather lobbyists then small businesses will suffer, the proposed increase will impact small couriers, whose main running cost is fuel, significantly. Independent transporters will need to take advantage of events and initiatives being this year to keep afloat.

Increased overheads have required that couriers stay efficient and Shiply is already helping delivery services find more work. The site has been widely used by companies in the transport industry, from individual man with a van firms to big car transport and house removal firms. However, as fuel prices continue to rise more needs to be done to support smaller firms' expansion.

Export will be a key area for growth in 2012 for SMEs, Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk predicted that international trade will be vital for economic recovery and growth. The "Get Britain Trading" campaign, which launched last month, is lobbying to make growth and export for small business easier and more profitable.

There are still concerns that smaller firms are lacking a voice in parliament too. A model like the Small Business Administration in America, would help to make sure that the opinions of SME are heard in Whitehall says the FSB .

Domestic affairs could pose great opportunities for smaller enterprises however; the expected growth of tourism from both the London Olympics and Jubilee celebrations will provide thousands of potential new customers for local businesses.

Robert Matthams, managing director of Shiply, gave his outlook for small business in 2012.

“The coming year could be tremendously influential for start- ups and existing small businesses; depending on the outcome of the budget and the impact of initiatives.

Subsidies such as those from the upcoming Green Deal will help firms reduce their costs and funding from schemes like UK Export Finance will help to aid the expansion and growth of smaller companies.

The budget will be incredibly important for the future of enterprises in the UK, if fuel duty stays static and schemes like Get Britain Trading receive support then this year could be good for the growth of SMEs. As for Shiply, we hope to keep aiding small businesses in their transportation endeavours, be that finding extra deliveries for couriers or helping traders find exporters for their products.”

About Shiply
Founded in 2008, Shiply matches people needing to move goods with man and van companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and saves the consumer up to 75%.


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