WestOne heads east to avoid City parking charges
A combination of excessive parking charges in the City and new business opportunities in Docklands have prompted WestOne Cars to relocate to a new head office close to Crossharbour Docklands Light Railway station.
The move follows an eventful year for the London private hire business, which saw Amarjit Pall taking over the helm as Managing Director after leading a management buy-out. In a statement, the company said the move would enable WestOne to expand its business by focussing on both the business and residential communities within the local area.
Additionally the parking facilities will ensure drivers can more easily call into the office for office inspections and not incur the parking ticket fines which are becoming commonplace in the City.
“We have been located in the City for a number of years and have enjoyed the location because of its vibrancy and closeness to many of our major clients. However, parking tickets have become a major bugbear for the fleet industry as a whole and we decided that enough was enough,” said Amarjit Pall.
Amarjit Pall: “Parking tickets have become a major bugbear for the
fleet industry as a whole and we decided that enough was enough.”
The new Aegon House head office also offers a number of travel and transport opportunities for existing staff and new employees WestOne is looking to recruit as the business continues to grow. In 2011 a number of large financial businesses moved to Docklands, and Pall believes WestOne will benefit from the business networking opportunities this location will provide.
Last May, WestOne acquired Canary Wharf-based executive chauffeur business Chauffeurforce, which swelled the company’s fleet by 25% and added 100 drivers to the company’s roster. In 2008 the Royal Warrant was granted by Her Majesty The Queen to WestOne Cars for the provision of chauffeur services. WestOne Cars is the only UK passenger car company to hold the Royal Warrant.