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Post Office statement in response to Government announcement on Royal Mail privatisation

Press release   •   Sep 12, 2013 23:00 BST

- Response to Government announcement on Royal Mail privatisation

Kevin Gilliland, Network and Sales Director at the Post Office said:

“The privatisation of Royal Mail is a matter for the government. The Post Office and Royal Mail are now separate businesses but continue to work closely together. We have a contractual agreement to provide services on behalf of Royal Mail for some years to come. This close relationship and the contract will continue following privatisation, with both Royal Mail and the Post Office well positioned to take full advantage of the growth in online parcel deliveries.

“We are undergoing the largest investment programme in the history of the Post Office by modernising thousands of branches, resulting in longer opening hours and improved environments for customers. Over 1,000 branches have already been transformed in the last 12 months. These changes have helped improve retail opportunities for subpostmasters and increase sales. With customer satisfaction in these branches running at over 95 per cent we believe there is cause to be optimistic about the future for the business.

“We also continue to introduce new income streams. Our financial services products are proving extremely popular and we are one of the fastest growing providers in the UK with almost three million customers. We have ensured that many of these products result in additional payments to subpostmasters either from in-branch sales or via branch referral fees.”

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