DPDgroup acquisition of wnDirect will see staff relocated to Colnbrook

Colnbrook’s wnDirect, a startup that has won a plethora of awards in the last few years, has been taken over by DPDgroup.  The move will see some DPD staff relocated to the company’s Poyle headquarters.

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DPDgroup took control of Colnbrook-based wnDirect on 30th December, after increasing its shareholding to 83% to take full control of the business.

wnDirect, which is based in the Poyle Trading Estate, has seen amazing growth since it was established just five years ago, with revenues increasing nearly four fold each year.  The e-commerce delivery company has pioneered new software solutions which, it says, have been “game-changers” for its customers – including innovations in customs payment and ID capture, click and collect, and global stock management.

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It is testament to everyone that we have grown so significantly whilst retaining the DNA and ethos which made it exciting in the first place

Founder and outgoing CEO Stuart Hill said he was “thrilled” to be continuing his involvement in the venture and paid tribute to his employees for the firm’s success:

What has been achieved by the team so far is quite astounding when you consider wnDirect is still a relatively young business. It is testament to everyone that we have grown so significantly whilst retaining the DNA and ethos which made it exciting in the first place.  I am thrilled to be part of the team for the future”. 

The company won Business Enabler of the Year 2016 at the National Business Awards in in November, and was again named Slough Business of the Year at the Hilton Terminal 5 in Poyle in March.  In July it announced it had sent its 30 millionth parcel.

Colnbrook Views has learnt that the company will continue to trade as wnDirect in the UK and there will be no redundancies at the site in Millbrook Way, Poyle.  On the contrary, with the merger of the two teams, some of the DPD team will be re-based at wnDirect’s Colnbrook site, but no major changes are planned.

Stuart Hill will continue to lead the focus on strategy, innovation and key account partnerships.

Founder and outgoing CEO Stuart Hill will continue to lead the focus on strategy, innovation and key account partnerships.

The company has been working with DPDgroup businesses in Europe for some time already, most notably with DPD Direct, its international home delivery service for online retailers.  With DPDgroup realising a dramatic increase in international volumes particularly from the USA and China, it was decided to bring the two companies’ activities closer together to further support international expansion plans.

Simon Batt, head of DPDgroup’s Global Solutions team based in Paris, took over as CEO of wnDirect on 1st January.  He described it as “a privilege to have the chance to lead this venture”.

Stuart Hill will continue to lead the focus on strategy, innovation and key account partnerships.   

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