Firm helps students cut cost of sending baggage to college
A University graduate from Belfast has set up a baggage firm to help other students travel lighter for less.
Paul Stewart (23) established UniBaggage.com in 2009 after being confronted by the expense of travelling to and from university with excess baggage.
Paul set up the business in his second year of studying an engineering degree at Edinburgh University.
He juggled his time between attending classes and setting up the business, using his student loan to fund the venture.
Paul said: "If I hadn't gone to university I wouldn't have had this idea at all.
"I used my student loan and some of my own money.
"The business was set up on a shoestring, but I negotiated contracts with other courier firms.
"Our main one is Parcelforce."
Unibaggage.com works in partnership with Parcel Force and offers customers up to a 50% saving, which means the cost of a 30kg bag delivered door-to-door from Northern Ireland to anywhere in the UK is £20.
The company has now transported over 300 tons of student belongings, travelling 3m miles across the UK and worldwide in doing so.
Paul said: "Unibaggage.com is a very straightforward service - the customer books online, prints the trackable labels, attaches them to each item and the items will be collected when they wish.
"We offer the cheapest like-for-like service and our customers are reassured that their personal belongings with arrive safely and on-time at the final destination."
Belfast student Laura Toland is planning to study law at Newcastle University from next month.
She said: "I haven't decided how to transport my belongings to university but my parents will be delighted if by using UniBaggage.com we are able to cut costs, as well as cutting down the hassle of transporting heavy bags across the water.
"The tracking is also a big factor in my decision as posting can often be unreliable and I don't want my belongings to go missing."