Chesterfield’s Club Taxis growth through the roof now firm under city umbrella
Derbyshire’s largest taxi company, Club Taxis of Chesterfield, has just been acquired by Sheffield’s City Taxis under their new Northern Taxis brand- becoming the UK’s third largest independent taxi operator.
Club’s managing director Scott Ashmore commented: “We see this as a progressive move for Club. All local jobs will be preserved and customers will find the same friendly, knowledgeable drivers and contact number they are used to. Plus, customers in neighboring towns will receive an improved service. The company will adopt the City name and livery but prices will stay the same.”
City, who merged with Sheffield’s Mercury Taxis just over a year ago, bought Ace Taxis, Barnsley’s second biggest taxi firm in July, preserving all 55 local drivers and call centre staff.
City’s managing director Arnie Singh commented: “Our first Derbyshire acquisition is the well-regarded Club Taxis in Chesterfield, Derbyshire’s market leader and another long established family business with 190 cars and 19 call centre staff. Club operate to our own high service levels by embracing the latest technology in taxi dispatch and telephony services.”
Since 2010, the £7.7 million turnover firm has seen a 300% growth in staff. City drivers complete an astonishing 110,000 jobs each week around South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. With an average job of 4.5 miles, that is the equivalent of circling the earth over twenty times each week.
Confirming other acquisitions were in the pipeline, Mr Singh added: “Since moving to our state of the art Don Valley premises last year, the business has continued to grow with our 121 dedicated call centre staff and 1750 drivers handling around six million journeys a year. Consolidation is happening in our industry on a national scale right now- this is just the start in our local area as we introduce our efficiencies into other taxi firms. With technology making such mergers easier, we believe the industry will see many more over the next five years. Our directors are keen to expand across the city region, to protect and defend local jobs for local people against the resources of Google-backed US global brand, Uber.
Club Taxis remain on 01246 222 222; CityTaxis 0114 2393939