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ParcelHero turns its staff into shareholders!

September 4, 2014

International courier gives employees free shares International courier ParcelHero has offered free shares to all its employees as part of its crowdfunding initiative.

The Brentford-based company’s parent, the Deliver Plus International group, has turned its back on the banks and is offering its shares to the public via Crowdfunding site Crowdcube. Potential ‘everyday investors’ sign up to crowdfunding sites such as Crowdcube and invest sums from as little as £10 in businesses who’s pitch they believe have potential. The offer has also given ParcelHero employees the chance to share in its success.

ParcelHero founder and MD, Roger Sumner-Rivers, says: ‘Our crowdfunding project has given us the opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for a long time, create an employee share incentive plan (SIP) enabling all our staff to become shareholders.

He continues: ‘We are offering them all free shares and also the opportunity to buy further shares, giving us a motivated, involved and passionate workforce who will truly share in our success.’

As well as giving free shares to all staff the company will also match individual staff member’s investment in the business with an equal amount of free shares.

The company decided to raise funds via Crowdcube because Roger was fed -up continually trying to cut through bank red-tape to obtain loans to fund the businesses’ rapid growth.

Roger, says: ‘Over the years we have been very successful in raising finance from our banks, but only after months of work on first creating then adjusting the plans to fit in with the bank’s financial conditions. Every time we have applied for finance it’s been a huge drain on my time, which, in turn, has affected my ability to do the most important thing: drive the business forward.’

He adds: ‘The thought of having to go, cap in hand, to the banks once again, and face even more bureaucracy than ever, was frankly frustrating. Happily, however, the very technology that drives our business, the internet, also provided an alternative funding method, crowdfunding.’

The only catch for ParcelHero is that – just like on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den – the company must achieve the full £300,000 or it gets nothing!

Roger is confident he will achieve his target: ‘Crowdfunding is all about - as the name suggests - getting funding from the crowd. We’re not an exciting or sexy business in many people’s eyes, we’re a delivery company. So it’s all about the pitch, and communicating my passion for the business.’

You can keep up to date with how ParcelHero progresses on its crowdfunding journey at

Caption: ParcelHero founder Roger Sumner-Rivers has helped his staff benefit from ParcelHero’s rapid growth. For more information please contact David Jinks, Head of PR, on or by phone on 0208 7584962 (07772 055748 out of office hours) Roger Sumner-Rivers, founder and MD of, is available for further expert comment. Contact David Jinks on 0208 7584962 to arrange an interview.

Leading international online courier ParcelHero strategically partners with the world's leading, logistics companies, including DHL, UPS and DPD to provide a flexible, cost-effective range of parcel delivery services to over 220 countries worldwide. Huge bulk purchasing power allows ParcelHero to offer highly competitive pricing with no compromise in service quality.

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