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Eagle lands on THS to build southern base

Jerry Stewart

Jerry Stewart: company has been on the radar

Eagle Couriers, Scotland’s largest independent company in the sector, has strengthened its presence south of the border by acquiring the entire share capital of baggage handler THS Couriers.

Paisley-based THS provides baggage recovery for major airlines throughout the UK, including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Emirates and Jet2.

The company handles more than 100,000 bags each year across 16 airports, including Heathrow and Inverness.

Day-to-day management will remain with previous owner Kevin Muir who founded the business with his wife in 2010.

He said: “We had an extremely demanding spell last year and were struggling to meet that demand. Eagle Couriers stepped in and helped us out for three or four days during this time. We knew from the get-go that there was a great synergy between us.

“They were looking for expansion in England and we had already established ourselves with depots and drivers down south. It was almost like a marriage waiting to happen.”

The buy-out will allow THS to strengthen the areas it currently services by creating more full-time positions and helping to expand the company’s 30-strong team.

Mr Muir added: “THS is keeping its website and its vans so the brand is very much here to stay.

“What the company is gaining is two-way support and stability for our employees.”

Fiona Deas, co-director of Eagle Couriers, said: “Our business has transformed in recent years since following our switch to our new purpose-built Bathgate headquarters.

“This is a real milestone for us and we’re thrilled to have the THS team joining the Eagle family.”

Jerry Stewart, co-director of Eagle Couriers, said: “The company [THS] has been on our radar for a while.

“We are really looking forward to working with Kevin, and his team – their added expertise and manpower will galvanise our growth plans and catapult Eagle as a serious player in the sector.”

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