When you are looking for a courier service, there may be many options of companies to consider. With Bristol being the vast business hub that it is, the city is a great area to start your search. In this article, we take an in-depth look at Bristol courier hire in terms of the advantages of hiring a firm in the city and how you can plan, prepare and execute your booking.
Advantages of using a Bristol Courier
There are many advantages in hiring a Bristol courier. In this part of the article, we’ll discuss these in detail so you can make your own decision when you next need to book a courier service.
Bristol Transport Connections to National Road Network
Bristol is the hub of the South West. As the largest city by population in the whole region, it is naturally the main central business centre. Bristol is also very well connected by road to all the smaller cities, towns and villages in the nearby counties, as well as enjoying excellent motorway links to the major cities of the South-East, the Midlands, the North and South Wales.
London is just under two and a half hours’ drive from Bristol via the M4 motorway, and Birmingham is an hour and 45 minutes drive via the M5 motorway, while Manchester is 3 hours and 15 minutes’ drive via the M5 and M6.
In the South and South West, Exeter is just over an hour and a half away from Bristol via the M5, Plymouth is two and a quarter hours away in the same direction, Southampton is just under two hours’ drive via the M4 motorway and the A34, and Bath is just 40 minutes away via the A32.
In South Wales, Cardiff is barely an hour’s drive away via the M32 and M4, and Swansea is only an hour and a half away in the same direction.
Bristol is within easy reach of all these destination cities thanks to its location at the intersection of the South-West and the Midlands.. This gives it a significant logistical advantage as a central depot for a courier company operating across a very large part of the country. The logistical benefits of Bristol’s location translate into faster and more fuel-efficient routes to destinations throughout southern and central England and South Wales. It is this that makes Bristol a prime pick for anyone looking to hire a courier in these parts of the country.
With Nottingham only two hours and 40 minutes away, Brighton just under three hours away, Cambridge three and a quarter hours away, Leeds three and three-quarter hours’ distant, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne just over five hours away, Bristol is well-positioned via the extensive motorway network for even long-distance transportation from more eastern parts of the country to anywhere in the South West of England, the South Midlands or South Wales.
Road Knowledge of Bristol Couriers
In hiring a courier company in Bristol, you can expect that the drivers who work for the company will have extensive knowledge of both the more local suburban areas and also the bigger road networks going out of the city and beyond. They are likely to have done many similar journeys before, and you can rest assured that delays to the delivery of your items are unlikely barring exceptional circumstances such as road closures, as your driver will be able to navigate the route efficiently and keep to the estimated time.
Although many now rely on Sat Nav or phone map navigation, knowing that your item or items is in the hands of someone who will have relatively good knowledge of the roads if this fails and can overrule it when it suggests inappropriately minor roads is reassuring.
Bristol as a Business Hub
As mentioned, Bristol is the central location of the South West. This makes it particularly desirable for many new businesses to locate and start trading here, while others begun in smaller towns have been known to relocate to the area in order to flourish and prosper. With all these new and growing businesses bringing enterprise and innovation as well as a need for state-of-the-art logistical planning and capacity, the city has been expanding its offering of road haulage and transportation providers to, including a wide array of courier options to suit individual needs.
The growing transportation demands upon the city have also meant that its road infrastructure has needed to be upgraded to keep up. Although many improvements were already made in the late 20th century, such as the M32 motorway to link central Bristol with the M4, which fully opened in 1975, business activity in and around the city has grown a lot since then. This has strengthened the case for more recent road developments, such as the new South Bristol Link Road that opened in 2017. This continuous focus on road improvements cements the city of Bristol as a strong location for haulage and courier companies to settle and run their businesses from.
Bristol is a thriving centre for business development and is set to continue in this role throughout the 21st century. At a city planning level, development projects are also ongoing, helping to pave the way for businesses to make their mark and prosper.
How to Book a Bristol Courier
Although hiring a Bristol courier would seem a relatively straightforward task to undertake, there are a few important steps you should take to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Checking these tasks off before the move day will mean that you won’t have to worry about any unforeseen circumstances as you will have prepared in advance.
Calculating the Weight and Dimensions of Packages for Couriers
Most courier companies will request specific dimensions, (height, width and depth), and an estimate of the weight of any items that you would like transported at the time of quoting. This is so they can give you an accurate price and plan appropriately for how they will move your item(s). It may be that they need to arrange for special equipment or extra staff if you are transporting a particularly heavy article, so give them as much information as you can to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared.
Packaging Fragile Items for Courier Transport
Consider if any of your items will require special arrangements for transport. If you have a fragile or particularly valuable item, let the courier company you will be booking with know this in advance. If it is fragile, they will be able to advise on whether or not they are trained in moving such items and if so, will be able to give you details on how they will package and handle the items, to reassure you your item will not be damaged in transit. If it is very valuable, you should check that it will be fully covered by their insurance policies.
At this point, it is in any case worthwhile asking about the courier’s insurance coverage against breakages and damage to items. If the worst were to happen, would they accept full responsibly and cover the cost of replacing the item like-for-like? If both parties are clear on where the responsibility lies and what exclusions and personal excesses or limits (if any) may apply, then in the unfortunate event that an incident does occur, there should be no unpleasant disputes, and the issue will be equitably resolved in accordance with the agreed terms of service.
Booking a Date and Time for Courier Delivery
Agree with your chosen courier on a date and time for the consignment to be moved, and make sure they are clear about the exact pick-up and drop-off locations for your items. The courier firm may give you a fairly wide window of time for pick-up and drop off to allow for any unforeseen delays or hold-ups, so make sure you are happy with the allotted slot and that it works for both you and the recipient of the item. Double-check that they have all the correct address details, and make them aware of any parking requirement. For example, is parking allowed for permit holders only, or is there free or meter-based on-road parking nearby, etc. If the courier firm has all these details, then it is much more likely that the removal will go to plan. If permits are required, you might need to arrange for a visitor permit at any end affected. If the courier receives a parking fine for parking in a permit zone and you did not make such provision, you could be liable to pay the full cost.
Bristol Courier Service from Mission Impossible Couriers
If you haven’t hired a courier company before, the process may feel slightly daunting in terms of the preparations needed and handling the logistics involved, but experienced professional couriers have the know-how to handle every detail given that you provide them with all the information they need.
At Mission Impossible Couriers of Bristol, we are on hand to assist in the moving of all of your items. We pride ourselves on offering a Bristol-based courier hire service to an exceptional standard of professionalism, and even if neither your pick-up point nor your destination is in Bristol itself, the centrality of the city as a transportation hub makes us ideally suited to offer easy access to hundreds of destinations across mainland Britain. So wherever you are based in the country, if you have an item or items that you would like transported, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or complete our online form for a free, no-obligation quotation.