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Courier company has growth in the bag

Katy Mairs and Paul Stewart of online shipping company UniBaggage.com 

ONLINE courier company UniBaggage.com, which transports student belongings to university, has doubled its workforce as part of a £150,000 business growth strategy.

The Belfast company, established five years ago when its founder Paul Stewart (25) was still studying at university, is recruiting two new managers in its Titanic Quarter office and four general support staff - bringing its employee total to 12 over the coming months.

It says the rapid expansion has been necessary due to increased demand from new customers in international markets. Stewart said: "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."

Having set up UniBaggage while he was at Edinburgh University, he believes 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 UniBaggage 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."

 

* EXTRA BAGGAGE: Paul Stewart, far left, of Unibaggage.com with his team of new recruits

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