Brunel is one of London’s big players – and unlike some of its rivals, it remains a family firm. Many feared that might not be the case in 2013, when the company’s founder and guiding light Bill Edwards passed away.
There’s an emerging new player on the streets of London – and one with some serious ambitions.
It’s important to be different – especially at the top of the market. And for a company like Quintessentially Driven, it’s at the very heart of the business.
When we were judging the 2013 QSi Awards, On Time Travel’s entry just leapt out of the page. A classic tale of ambition, hard graft and dedication – how two drivers set up their own business, pounding the streets of their home town handing out leaflets to passers-by, and then delivering such a high standard of service that saw On Time become the go-to firm in Warrington for airport transfers.
It’s a great story, and should serve almost as a textbook case study in how to get a private hire business off the ground. And for the two men at the helm, Phil Harper and Brian Jenkins, the 10 months since winning their Gold Award for Small Private Hire Operator has been extremely positive.
We’ve followed the Greentomato Cars story from its early days. We joined the story when the company was just a couple of years old, and still run by its two young entrepreneurial founders.
Jonny Goldstone and Tom Pakenham had set out to revolutionise the London private hire market with a snappily branded, eco-friendly car service. And they soon found they were on to a winner. By 2011, Greentomato Cars had attracted the attentions of massive multinational transport provider Transdev, and Tom and Jonny traded their shares for corporate life.