Northern Irish start-up SendmyBag announces 12 new jobs
Belfast, Northern Ireland – October 8, 2013 -- SendmyBag, the online door-to-door baggage delivery service, has today announced the creation of 12 new jobs at its main office in Bangor.
This sizeable expansion follows 12 months of sustained growth following the start-up’s appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den and subsequent seed funding from local investment firm, Lough Shore Investments. These new jobs also come ahead of a planned expansion to the US in the early part of 2014.
SendmyBag, founded by 28-year-old Adam Ewart in 2011, provides people a simple and affordable door-to-door baggage delivery service that can be booked online and arranged for collection within 24 hours. SendmyBag allows users avoid the ever-increasing baggage handling fees charged by budget airlines and the inconvenience of strict ‘hand luggage’ rules. Six of the new jobs have already been filled with the remaining six to be recruited within the next year. The roles will include a technical lead, customer service representatives and a marketing executive. This latest announcement also follows the news that the consumer watchdog Which? found that sending luggage with SendmyBag was now cheaper than booking bags with the leading budget airlines, including Ryanair and Jet2.
Speaking following the announcement, SendmyBag CEO Adam Ewart said: “It has been an incredible year for SendmyBag. Since appearing on Dragons’ Den and the investment from Lough Shore, we’ve added a new member of staff on average every 10 weeks. Additionally, on the back of the recent Which? report and our planned expansion into the US through 2014, we plan to hire six more staff in software development, marketing and customer service roles.
“In particular, we’re seeking a technical lead that can take the SendmyBag platform to the next level and bring the systems we’ve built in the UK and Europe to the US. It’s an opportunity for the successful candidate to build his own technical team, one that can deliver a platform to match the ambitions of SendmyBag. We’re a small start-up but one with big ambitions, and we don’t plan to just tinker around the edges of the travel industry, we plan to revolutionise it.”
Speaking a year on from his firm’s investment in SendmyBag, Lough Shore Investments principal partner Danny Moore said, “SendmyBag is a fantastic story and one that gets better by the day. A year on from LSI’s investment, we’re seeing phenomenal growth for a start-up of this size, close to 400% year-on-year for the last few months. Looking to today’s announcement, it is terrific to see a home grown company hiring so aggressively in this challenging economic climate and we’ve no doubt that this is just the start. The technical role, in particular, is one of the best opportunities we've seen in a local start-up for quite some time. It is a rare opportunity for talented developer to take ownership of an entire platform and make it their own."