Move delivers new successes for a parcel franchise

GROWING Antony Flood, left, and Mark Aldridge from the Havant Interlink franchise. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123063-5)

GROWING Antony Flood, left, and Mark Aldridge from the Havant Interlink franchise. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123063-5)

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IT’S been a question of locaction, location, location for the south Hampshire franchise of Interlink.

The delivery firm franchise, run by Mark Aldridge and Tony Hood, moved from Fort Wallington Industrial Estate in Fareham to a purpose-built depot in Havant earlier this month.

But despite only just getting settled into the new unit in Penner Road, the pair are already seeing their business boom.

The pair bought the Portsmouth franchise in 2011 and have seen a year-on-year growth of 120 per cent, which soon meant they needed bigger premises.

Mark said: ‘As well as outgrowing the Fareham depot, for the area we deliver in we were too far west.

‘We deliver to all of Portsmouth, Havant, up to Horndean and then over to Segensworth – most of the PO postcodes.’

The pair run four depots in total, in Guildford, the Isle of Wight, and Basingstoke as well as Havant, and have been franchisees since 2009.

The firm has gone from a turnover of less than £1m to a turnover of £2.5m, and has just bought 75 new vans.

But it’s the new Havant depot that is the firm’s most recent success.

‘We’re already starting to see the volumes of deliveries increase,’ said Mark, 47.

‘We’ve gone from a 10,000sq ft unit to a 17,000sq ft unit and we now have 16 delivery and collection routes.

‘Before we were having to double shift – load some of the vans and wait for them to go before being able to load the other vans, because there wasn’t space. Now we don’t have to do that.’

Mark and Tony have also invested in their business by taking delivery of 50 new vans this year.

‘Business has been going quite well,’ added Mark.

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