Development of courier business to focus on reducing isolation and improving the lives of disabled people throughout Scotland.
|Local Authority:||South Lanarkshire|
|Investment type:||Start & Grow|
Courier with a Social Conscience
DNDP provide a courier service to enable people with disabilities to work flexibly and give them the necessary skills to become employed or self-employed.
With the help of an investment from Resilient Scotland DNDP has purchased two new vehicles. The original plan had been to purchase two electric vehicles, however on further investigation, they discovered the battery life would be prohibitive, in winter the distance travelled would be a third of what they could travel in summer, before needing to be recharged.
The vans were a much needed investment. Prior to this DNDP were using their own cars, limiting them to single deliveries. The vans would allow them to offer multi-drop options and be in a stronger position for corporate work and become a sustainable enterprise.
Since receiving the investment DNDP have gone on to win a couple of housing association contracts and one corporate client, with further housing association contracts in the pipeline.
Since establishing the company over two years ago, DNDP have helped 54 people move into employment or self-employment.
DNDP also offers work experience to students from the local South Lanarkshire College, providing them with the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and develop confidence to allow them to move into the workplace.
All employees at DNDP have a disability or suffer from a long term illness. DNDP’s philosophy, is to offer flexible working patterns to cater to the individual’s health needs, and as a result they have a dedicated workforce who are acquiring new skills and increasing confidence.
DNDP also provide their drivers with the opportunity to develop additional skills which gives them the flexibility to move into office operations.
Bruce Gunn, Managing Director said “When I first heard about the investment from Resilient, the 2/3 grant loan mix sounded attractive but was initially dismissed, I wasn’t sure how able the business was to take on debt. However, once I realised the business was on a more sustainable footing, the investment Resilient could provide made sense and approached them for £60K.
The investment has been invaluable, we just wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Resilient Scotland.”