City Link Courier

City Link is a British next day courier company based in Camberley, Surrey, United Kingdom. City Link operates services in the UK including the Isle of Man from its hubs in Coventry and Darlaston both in the West Midlands. The company is a part of Rentokil Initial plc.

City Link was founded in 1969; and, in 1971, Robert J. (Bob) Thomas purchased a controlling interest in the company which had a turnover of approximately £100,000 ($ 150,000)per annum.

In the early 1970s City Link franchised the service, the first to do so in the industry.

In 1989 the company was acquired by Securiguard Limited. Bob Thomas resigned in 1991 having grown the busines at a compound rate of 30 plus per cent per annnum to achieve revenues in excess of £32 million ($ 48 million) per year.

In 1993 Rentokil group purchased Securiguard.

In 1997 the name was changed from City Link to Initial City Link, following the takeover of BET, which owned the strong Initial brand in the UK.

On 20 November 2005 Initial City Link announced that as a part of its expansion programme, they were to 'buy back' the franchises. This was completed in March 2007 with the purchase of Tiger Haulage Ltd, City Link's Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire franchise.

In late 2006 City Link's head office moved from Sunbury on Thames to Camberley in Surrey.

The company has now reverted to its original name - City Link.

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