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Mike Bell on 20 years at Speed Couriers Northern

I started at Speed 20 years ago in September 2002 as a driver delivering documents, furniture and the latest film releases.

In the 20 years I have worked at Speed the job has changed massively as has the technology we use. The jobs would be sent to you over the radio and were still using pens and paper to get a POD and if you were outside radio range would have to use public telephones to call in, so at times you were very much alone, and spending a small fortune on A2Z maps to get around as Google hadn’t even been thought of at this point and mobile phones were very basic. The process changed around 2008 in which all jobs came through electronically.

Around 2005/6 I was approached to come off the road and work in the office which was a new challenge, assisting in answering the telephones, booking jobs etc. seeing the job from the other side and the rapid changes that have happened and is still evolving every day. Back then it was delivering print media from newspapers and catalogues, then IT as that took off to now working with the NHS delivering urgent path samples.

 The 20 years have been enjoyable and challenging in equal measures, on a personal level one of the recent challenges that I’m proud of is the recent covid pandemic and the support that we provided to the NHS in implementing and supporting the Track and Trace to fight the covid pandemic and as a company this is something that we can all be proud of this will have been the hardest and rewarding challenge to date at Speed.

As a token of our appreciation for Mike’s service with Speed Couriers we sent him and his partner off on a luxury long weekend.

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