01 January 2011 by Shona McMasters
The last 15 months have been challenging for Premier Coaches, growing as a new business and severing any perceived connections with the previous company. Alan Findlater, Managing Director had put every hour and considerable investment into ensuring the business achieves its aims.
This is particularly challenging when working within a highly regulated industry.
The transport manager Shona McMasters came on board in October 2010, and she has been working with Alan to implement new systems and procedures to ensure full compliance with VOSA and department of transport regulations. The coach fleet has been upgraded and rebranding. The fleet now has six 53 seaters with wheelchair accessible vehicles in 8, 16 and 49 seat coaches.
Premier Coaches has been successful in tendering for school contracts and currently covers 14 daily. The young company has ambitious plans for future growth. An upgrade of their current premises and an extension to their garage services including the hiring of a second fulltime mechanic and an apprentice.
The company’s garage, under Alfred Simpson, now offers full service, MOT and diagnostic services.
As well as moving forward it is important to consolidate existing services and Premier invest in continued driver training, ensuring a reliable, courteous service.
The company also works closely with a number of Inverurie and Aberdeenshire based sheltered housing complexes and social enterprises. And they are working with the Freight Transport Association to ensure all their procedures and processes are up to date and moving forward.
“The overall aim is continued improvement in services we provide to all our customers and to move forward into more markets” Said Transport Manager Shona McMasters.
Given the progress over the last 15 months this vibrant and ambitious young company looks set for future success.