TL;DR - Royal Mail have (again) proven themselves chronically unable to adapt to the current situation so I am working on moving away from them completely - this will, however, take time.
IF YOU NEED ANYTHING QUICKLY, CONSIDER USING DHL FOR SHIPPING - IT'S EXPENSIVE, BUT THEY CONSISTENTLY RESPECT THEIR 2-3 DAY DELIVERY TIMEFRAME.
(and before anyone asks, both UPS and FedEx are more expensive than DHL)
My current plans involve using Hermes Door-to-Door for domestic orders, with higher value items being sent via DHL Domestic. The latter is as good as Royal Mail Special Delivery but about a quid cheaper, with a flat rate up to 5kg.For the forseeable future, shipments to the following countries will be via DHL only:
30/12/20: Royal Mail services to Europe are now back, for now at least, but are likely to be delayed. International mail to Canada and Australia is extremely slow.