Family taxi firm fighting credit crunch

A FAMILY are taking on the big boys by offering commuters an alternative means of London bound travel.

Tom Potter

A FAMILY are taking on the big boys by offering commuters an alternative means of London bound travel.

Fred and Paul Day promise “first class travel at second class prices” to people using their private minibus service and they're not scared of ruffling a few feathers along the way.

Fred, 51, comes with more than two decades of cab driving experience but decided to go it alone and enlisted the help of son Paul and sister Linda in order to set up P&F Executive Minibus Ltd.

Equipped with years of knowledge and a brand new nine seater executive minibus Fred and co are about to embark on a journey they are confident of capitalising on.

“I was told I was mad to start a new business in a recession,” said Fred. “Maybe I am, maybe not. I have a great team working with me and those who know me from the cab trade will know I'm trustworthy, friendly and always ready to assist. The sky's the limit and it all starts here.”

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With help from Jess Collin, of Ipswich based agency N-wes Enterprises, the Days have come up with a business that they claim can offer commuters everything they get from conventional transport and more.

“We are offering people executive transport in a top of the range vehicle and we guarantee to leave on time all the time with no rush or hassle with finding seats,” said Paul.

“We are launching a brand new concept in daily commuter services to and from London Liverpool Street, leaving at 6.15am and returning at 5.15pm.”

P&F will embark on its maiden voyage next Monday with a full range of ticket options for travellers including daily, weekly and monthly deals.

“Our options start at �30 for a single journey or �45 return and rise to �4,200 for a season ticket, available to individuals as well as small and large businesses,” said Fred.

The fledgling company is also offering major air and seaport transfers along with wedding parties, corporate and social trips. They even offer lifts for Christmas parties and away day travel for Town fans.

Anyone who wants to try travelling with P&F should book 72 hours in advance on 01473 272233 or email

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