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Plymouth’s TAXIFIRST latest firm to join Take Me operator portfolio

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Fast growing taxi operator Take Me has added another company to its expanding portfolio, with the addition of Plymouth based TAXIFIRST which will join local former rivals Tower Cabs as part of the group.

Long-term TAXIFIRST owner David Trace has been running the Plymouth firm for over 30 years and has built up a fleet of vehicles totalling over 160 cars. In that time period Trace has overseen dramatic change in automation and systems within the business since starting and there is now over 80% automation using the AutoCab systems.

David Hunter, Take Me Managing Director, said: “The company had more acquisitions in the pipeline to be announced in the near future, following the additions already this year to the group of ADT Taxis, Steve’s Taxis, VGT Taxis, Westside Taxis, Intercity Private Hire, Tower Cabs and TC Cars”

David Trace, TAXIFIRST owner, said: “It has been an emotional journey here in Plymouth but let me reassure all my team and customers that it is very much business as usual for us all here at TAXIFIRST. We are all looking forward to the benefits of being part of a larger group and using their resources to offer a better service to our customers and to ensure our drivers have the latest technology and systems to help them. Take Me is a national group of taxi companies, with sites in Brighton, Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Crew, London, Farnborough, Cambridgeshire. “

Trace added: “The group offer driver incentives, including cheaper insurance, car replacement, finance. This collaboration will enable us to reach new heights and take TAXIFIRST to a new level whilst re-establishing our position as one of the finest in Plymouth. There will be lots of exciting developments taking place in the next few months and we want you all to be part of the journey.”

One of the first initiatives the collaboration with Take Me will oversee is to develop a Taxi Academy in Plymouth, which will be used to train the next generation of taxi drivers.

The Taxi Academy will be open to anyone who is aged 21 or over and holds a valid drivers license. The team will help people of all ages retrain and gain qualification to become taxi drivers.

Hunter said: “It is exciting times at Take Me as we keep expanding and adding brilliant local businesses to our network fleet. Together we can bring our skills and infrastructure from being a national brand but build on the local expertise of these amazing well established taxi operators. It seems to be a great combination, and we are already working on adding to the network over the summer”


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