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Post Office Welcomes Royal Mail's Announcement On Sunday Services

Press Release   •   May 21, 2014 11:08 BST


- More than 1,000 Post Office branches now open on Sundays for customers’ convenience
- Over 2,000 modernised branches offer extra 60,000 opening hours a week

The Post Office, now independent of Royal Mail, welcomed Royal Mail’s announcement on Sunday services.

Mark Davies, director of communications at the Post Office, said: ‘The Post Office now has more than 1,000 Post Office branches open on Sundays, with more on the way, offering greater flexibility to customers and responding to the huge growth in online shopping.

‘We are also open much longer – more than 2,000 of our modernised branches offer an extra 60,000 opening hours a week.

‘So, with a national network of more than 11,500 branches, we offer customers unrivalled reach in terms of accessibility and convenience and personal service, serving around 18 million people a week and a third of all small businesses.

‘Ninety-nine per cent of the population lives within three miles of a Post Office branch, making them ideal locations to provide convenient, secure parcel collection facilities.

‘No other provider can offer the same ease of access wherever people live in the UK, from city centres to rural communities.

‘With Royal Mail, we are working to build the mails business. Drop and Go for small businesses, collections and returns for individuals – these are powerful offers which are enhanced by the constant improvements in our network.

‘Last year the Post Office and Royal Mail launched the UK’s largest Click and Collect network to support online shopping growth. The service, called Local Collect, enables large online retailers to provide their shoppers with a greater choice of convenient parcel delivery options.’

Drop & Go is Post Office’s fast-track mails service. Customers using Drop & Go can simply hand over mail at their local Drop & Go Post Office. The branch swipe the pre-paid Drop & Go card, check everything is in order and the customer can leave, letting the Post Office team to deduct the postage costs from the card as they go. The service aims to save valuable time for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other regular mailing customers such as internet sellers.

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Post Office Press Office
1st Floor, 148 Old Street,
LONDON
EC1V 9HQ
Tel: 020 7012 3456 (24 hours),
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www.postoffice.co.uk

Post Office Limited has an unrivalled national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of many communities across the country. The Post Office has made a commitment to no more branch closure programmes. It provides around 170 different services and products spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards. Post Office also offers Government services; telephony; foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.

It serves around 18 million customers a week and a third all small businesses and 99.7% of people live within three miles of their nearest Post Office outlet. For many rural communities the post office is the only retail outlet. Post offices remain highly valued and trusted and are the focal point for many communities. For more information, visit www.postoffice.co.uk

About the Post Office

The Post Office (Post Office Limited) has an unrivalled national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of communities in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. The Post Office has made a commitment to maintaining its network of branches at its current size and reach. It provides around 170 different products and services spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards; Government services; telephony; foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.

The Post Office serves over 17 million customers a week and a third of small businesses. Some 99.7% of the total population live within three miles of a post office and over 97% live with one mile of a post office. For many rural communities, the post office is the only retail outlet. Post Offices branches remain highly valued and trusted, and are the focal point of many communities. For more information, visit http://www.postoffice.co.uk/.

Please note the Press Office team can only deal with enquiries from the media.  Unfortunately they do not have access to customer information so can not help with customer enquiries.

If you have an enquiry regarding any Post Office product or service please visit postoffice.co.uk or call 0845Local call rates apply. Call costs may vary depending on your service provider. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and compliance purposes. 611 2970.