Northampton delivery firm looking to hire workers from collapsed couriers City Link

Action Express is looking to take on six former City Link employees.
Action Express is looking to take on six former City Link employees.

A Northampton delivery company has invited former City Link employees who were made redundant on New Year’s Eve to apply for jobs at the firm.

Action Express, which has been based in Northampton since 1982, has so far recruited two additional drivers and an administrative assistant from the stricken courier company City Link, which announced it would be going bust on Christmas day last year.

Now Action Express is looking to make a further six appointments in the coming weeks.

The Liliput Road courier is part of APC Overnight, which announced in December that it was making up to 100 roles available to former City Link staff.

Managing director at Action Express, Elaine Harries, said: “It was a big shock when we heard about the collapse of City Link on Christmas Day and our hearts went out to all of the staff members and families affected.

Since then we’ve been down to the former City Link depot here in Northampton a number of times, providing support and advising on job opportunities.

“We’re now looking to recruit an additional six drivers, to cope with the increased demand from local businesses and are keen to hear from anyone interested in one of these new roles.

“Having been based in Northampton for more than 32 years we’re able to invest in our staff members so for those drivers that currently have a Category C licence we’re happy to pay for them to achieve Category C+E to drive larger vehicles.”

Kettering Surgical Appliances, based on Overstone Road, was one of those businesses affected by the collapse of City Link.

The company, which provides medical supplies to hospitals and doctors surgeries, was left without a courier company following the announcement that City Link was going into administration.

Managing Director, Paul Wolstenholme said: “We found out about the news of City Link going into administration on Christmas Day.

“Fortunately, we had already arranged most of our December deliveries; however, this left us without a way of delivering our products in January - a key time for the medical market due to the number of accidents caused by inclement weather.”

“With surgeries and hospitals often needing next day delivery on medical supplies we needed to organise a replacement as soon as possible. Luckily, Action Express was on-hand and we were quickly able to arrange deliveries through APC Overnight, without losing business.”

For further details on the current job vacancies at Action Express, or to arrange a delivery call 01604 700400.