Royal Mail

Royal Mail Group plc is a British multinational postal service and courier company, originally established in 1516 as a department of the English government. The company's subsidiary Royal Mail Group Limited operates the brands Royal Mail (letters) and Parcelforce Worldwide (parcels). GLS Group, an international logistics company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Mail Group.[2] The group used the name Consignia for a brief period in the early 2000s.

Royal Mail Group plc
Native name
TypePublic limited company
IndustryPostal services, courier
Founded1516; 505 years ago (1516)
FounderKing Henry VIII
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
ServicesLetter post, parcel service, EMS, delivery, freight forwarding, third-party logistics
Revenue £10,840 million (2020)[1]
£55 million (2020)[1]
£161 million (2020)[1]
Number of employees
162,263 (2020)[1]

The company provides mail collection and delivery services throughout the UK. Letters and parcels are deposited in post or parcel boxes, or are collected in bulk from businesses and transported to Royal Mail sorting offices. Royal Mail owns and maintains the UK's distinctive red pillar boxes, first introduced in 1852, many of which bear the initials of the reigning monarch.[3] Deliveries are made at least once every day except Sundays and bank holidays at uniform charges for all UK destinations. Royal Mail generally aims to make first class deliveries the next business day throughout the nation.[4]

For most of its history, the Royal Mail was a public service, operating as a government department or public corporation. Following the Postal Services Act 2011,[5][6] a majority of the shares in Royal Mail were floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. The UK government initially retained a 30% stake in Royal Mail,[7] but sold its remaining shares in 2015, ending 499 years of state ownership.[8] It is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.