Posted on Wednesday 3 September 2014 by Ulster Business
Paul Stewart (front left) of Unibaggage.com with his team of new recruits
A Belfast courier company is doubling its workforce after delivering stellar growth for its student-focused service.
Unibaggage.com is taking on six new employees – two managers and four general support staff – as part of a £150,000 investment to meet strong demand both from Northern Ireland and across the globe.
It specialises in delivery baggage to and from universities for students but also carries out deliveries for others, including service personnel and those working away from home.
The company was started five years ago by Paul Stewart while at Edinburgh University and has grown substantially since then, delivery baggage to over 200 countries.
Founder Paul Stewart said he’s focused on the export market.
“Although our core business is still mainly focused within the domestic market, over the past 12 months Uni Baggage has expanded into more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and the new employees will service these areas. Our growth has opened up new markets, and allowed us to target international students that study abroad each year.”
He said university is one of the best places that budding tech entrepreneurs can and should get inspired.
“University was a great test bed for me, as I was able to start Uni Baggage as a hobby, and walk before I could run. The two year test period gave me time to see if my business was viable before investing additional resources. A typical online business can be started with limited finances, but there is often a huge time investment that many people don’t realise. Once you’re up and running, expansion can be expensive, but the potential international reach is much greater than a more traditional offline business route.”