YDL builds for the future, investing in its fourth depot
YDL, part of The APC delivery network - the largest independent parcel delivery network in the UK - has today announced the acquisition of a new 30,000 sq. ft. site in West Yorkshire. The acquisition comes following continued growth for the business - having recorded a 27% year-on-year increase in parcel volumes - spurred by the strength of the region’s SME community and the ongoing demand for parcel services across Yorkshire.
The new site, one of four YDL depots within The APC network, combines with YDL’s growing portfolio to offer almost 130,000 sq. ft. of space - allowing the business to expand on its Overnight and Sameday parcel collection and delivery service offerings to local businesses across North and West Yorkshire. Additionally, the increased space allows YDL to build on its warehousing, haulage and pallets services for customers, and through the nationwide coverage of The APC network, enables local businesses to reach an ever expanding national customer base.
The new depot is part of YDL’s ongoing investment into the future of its business, ultimately supporting the growth and success of its customers. Alongside the investment in its business, YDL has also expanded on its workforce, hiring 15 people in the last year - made up entirely of local staff - helping to build on the business’ delivery services and promises to local businesses.
Dave Lawson, CEO of YDL, said: “Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy entered a new period of turbulence, and across our business we have worked hard to continue navigating the changing needs of our customers. Although the world is still changing, we know from experience that local entrepreneurs are very resilient, tirelessly proving their agility and entrepreneurialism. As a local business that has been investing in the community for years, we remain committed to supporting our customers as they continue to adapt and build for the future, investing in our own business and workforce, to provide them with the best possible service options.”
As part of the business’ investment into the local community, two YDL employees recently embarked on the ‘12 Peak Challenge’ to raise money for four local charities; York Against Cancer, The Encephalitis Society, St. Leonard’s Hospice and Martin House Children’s hospice. Tom Clarke, Commercial Director at YDL, alongside Matt Stammers Operations Director at YDL, took on four ‘3 Peak challenges’ over four consecutive weekends:
The tallest three Peaks in Scotland: Ben Nevis (1345m), Ben Macdui (1309m) and Braeriach (1296m).
The tallest three Peaks in Wales: Snowdon (1085m), Garnedd Ugain (1065m) and Carnedd Llewelyn (1064m)
The tallest three Peaks in England: Scafell Pike (978m), Sca Fell (964m) and Helvellyn (950m).
Finishing with a 24 hour National three Peaks Challenge on the final weekend.
Talking about their fundraising efforts, Tom Clarke said: “Spurred on by last year’s fundraising efforts, we were determined to up the ante this year and take on a challenge that, measured in metres alone, had a combined height higher than Everest! The four charities were specially selected by us as part of YDL's ongoing commitment to local community charity work, having worked with all of them previously. All four charities work tirelessly in the region to provide valuable support and we’re proud to know that every penny we raised helps this work continue.”
Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive at The APC, said: “YDL is testament to the values we pride ourselves on at The APC; from their commitment as a business to supporting and championing customers, to people who go above and beyond to help customers, colleagues and those in need across their local communities. As a business, YDL is clearly committed to building for future growth, and the growth of customers. Its new depot and investment in its business will ensure YDL is well placed to navigate the continued evolution of our industry; and I am confident that the passion, pride and dedication that comes from the people within the team, will ensure our customers continue to be served well.”
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