AN independent courier firm is continuing its investment drive, as it eyes up further expansion south of the Border.

Bathgate-headquartered Eagle Couriers has taken a 50% share in Surrey-based Wey Group International, specialists in UK same-day and overnight deliveries, as well as international shipments. The move comes just months after Eagle’s full takeover of THS Couriers, a UK baggage repatriation provider which has depots from Heathrow to Inverness.

By adding Wey Group’s fleet of 45 drivers, it means that the Scottish firm will now be able to call on a combined fleet of more than 185 vehicles throughout the country.

Fiona Deas, co-director with the firm alongside Jerry Stewart, is optimistic that the firm can continue with its growth ambitions. She said: “This is an industry that has suffered a poor reputation in recent years, where customer service has declined.

“We’ve grown by keeping the same ethos that we had on day one – with a close-knit team that knows the importance of being pro-active and efficient.

“The addition of Wey Group is a big boost in terms of what we can manage ourselves south of the Border – ensuring that level of service is offered throughout, instead of relying on third parties.

“We’re really excited for the future here and looking forward to seeing how things develop in the coming year.”

A direct result of Eagle Couriers taking on a 50% share of the Surrey firm, which was established in 1982, is that it becomes a shareholder in The Alternate Parcels Company (APC).

The APC was founded in 1994 by a group of experienced delivery companies including Wey Group, and now comprises 112 locations.

Wey Group’s brand and website will continue as normal, with director Chris Jacobs managing the day-to-day business.