Former DPD director Charlie Shiels has been appointed as the permanent CEO of ArrowXL, after his predecessor Ian Howell stepped down in September.

Shiels was filling the role on an interim basis, but today confirmed to MT he will remain in the post.

"I never thought I’d be CEO, it was never in my plans, but it is what it is and it’s happened. Ian’s decided to do something else so good luck to him. The shareholder representative approached me and asked if I’d like to be CEO and I said I’d be honoured. It all happened very suddenly.

“This is a great business and I’ve got lots of plans for the future. I’m very excited to get stuck in,” he said.

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The site accounted for 43% of the two-man delivery firm’s total capacity, and Shiels said the business is taking the opportunity to make the new facility in its place “bigger and better than ever”.

He said: “By summer 2019 we will have a new five-bay, two-man warehouse on the old site but bigger, fatter, taller, wider.

“We’re creating something for the future. The site was quite old, so we’re building a brand new state-of-the-art site. We’re going to build the best two man facility in the country.”