Northamptonshire firm delivers £20 million in new contracts

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Crick-based two-man delivery specialist Panther has been awarded a string of new contracts worth £20 million in the past 12 months.

The surge of new business has largely been triggered by the steep rise in internet sales of large ticket items with major growth from the bathroom and furniture sectors, coupled with the company’s reputation.

Directors Colin McCarthy and Wilson Barrett believe that there continues to be huge untapped potential for growth.

Mr McCarthy said: “The internet has brought about a real change in lifestyles in recent years. Gone are the days where you would order larger items and wait several weeks for their delivery.

“Nowadays, consumers who have paid for items want them yesterday.

“This is especially true in the case of customers ordering outdoor furniture and patio furniture or, for example, barbecue equipment.

“Panther has seen so much growth in demand for this service but we believe we are still only at the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps unbelievably there are still hundreds of companies out there offering a delivery service that takes several weeks.”

The surge in new business comes just two years after the company changed its model from being a general transport provider to specialising in two-man delivery services, which now account for 80 per cent of the business.

As part of the service Panther collects the goods from its clients, before routing, sorting, loading and delivering to the consumer. As long as Panther has the goods by 2am, the customer can expect to take delivery that same day.

Founded in 1989 with just two vehicles, Panther now operates out of two sites totalling 110,000 sq ft and employs more than 200 people, including 100 two-man delivery teams.

Three years ago company turnover stood at £5 million. This year it is forecast at £19.5 million.