- 4 December 2015
- Transport / Logistics Services
The UK Post Office has announced that it has modernised 5000 of its Post Offices nationwide and thanks to this, has increased revenues in each of the recipient branches by an average of 10%. The national modernisation programme continues as the UK’s largest network of small businesses improve their standing nationwide.
Commercial Director of Post Office Michael George said of the modernisation programme, “We are undertaking one of the UK’s biggest investment programmes into small businesses. Through our transformation programme, we have now modernised over 5000 branches, investing in both the Post Office and retail space, offering longer opening hours for customers and increasing average retail sales in those branches by 10%.”
The 5,000th modernisation was celebrated in Caterways, Horsham where a new branch was opened in a convenience store in the village. It is open for business seven days a week. Postal Affairs Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe was at the opening and said of the programme to modernise all of the UK’s network, “The Post Office is the country’s largest small business retail network and research shows a third of small businesses use its services every week. Small businesses, like post offices, are the lifeblood of our economy.”
George added, added “Over 8,000 Post Office branches are based in small businesses so we know how much people rely on the vital services that both the Post Office and the retail outlet that runs alongside it provide.”
With 3,000 local and sub Post Offices to go there is still quite a number to complete, but where the local Post Office branch in many smaller urban areas and villages has been one where the business owner frequently struggles to make ends meet, the improvement programme will only benefit those who undertake the responsibility and community service for their town or village by helping boost revenues and profits long term.